If the Republicans are right and government-provided health care is a horrible evil that will destroy everything good about the country, why aren’t they clamoring to defund the VA, which is truly socialized medicine for military veterans? My senator asked Ted Cruz that very question:
“I’m wondering if your motion includes the full funding of the VA medical system, which is a completely government run, government controlled health care system,” Stabenow asked Cruz.
“I would readily support legislation fully funding the VA because the VA is a vital government system, it is a promise we have made and it is unrelated to Obamacare,” Cruz replied.
So let’s see if we understand this correctly. The Affordable Care Act, which provides subsidies for the poorest Americans to purchase private health insurance on the market, is “government control of health care” and “socialized medicine” that will destroy the economy and freedom and grandma too. But the VA, which is genuine socialized medicine, where the government owns the hospitals and clinics, pays the doctors and foots the entire bill, that’s a “vital government program.” But if Obamacare is such an evil thing for those who sign up for it, why isn’t actual socialized medicine an evil thing for veterans? What about the death panels and inevitable rationing? Funny how their arguments magically disappear.