May 23, 2014

"Progressives" had praised VA health care

The Washington Examiner today details how prominent "progressive" pundits had lauded the Veterans Administration as evidence that government-run healthcare works. Like, take Paul Krugman for example:

In a 2006 column, Krugman argued that the system was, “one of the best-kept secrets in the American policy debate.”

He explained, “pundits and policy makers don't talk about the veterans' system because they can't handle the cognitive dissonance. ... For the lesson of the V.H.A.'s success story -- that a government agency can deliver better care at lower cost than the private sector -- runs completely counter to the pro-privatization, anti-government conventional wisdom that dominates today's Washington.”

Krugman also had blasted Mitt Romney for having the audacity to suggest partially privatizing the VHA. Oops.

Both Krugman and's Ezra Klein touted Phillip Longman's book Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care is Better Than Yours. Longman argues that the VHA, "has incentives for investing in quality and keeping its patients well -- incentives that are lacking in for-profit medicine.”

Double oops.

Posted by Hube at May 23, 2014 07:27 PM | TrackBack

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