Steve, wasn't sure where you were going with this article. Apparently you don't believe "free" medical care is worth your risk. Especially the VA. You might want to read today's Paul Krugman's column "U.S. socialized health care works". Krugman points out that VA healthcare has improved a great deal since the Clinton administration. I can attest to that since I have worked with military veterans within the past six or seven years, and did work with the VA health care system in the 1970s. There have been great improvements as reported by many vets. I am sure a lot of Native vets prefer the VA health care system over the Indian Health Service. We seem to naturally complain about things that are "free". I suggest that you go to a private health care provider for your surgery if you are lucky enough to have your own health insurance. A lot of Native people don't have the options you have. By going to a private provider, you will allow some other veteran to receive the medical care they will not be able to get otherwise. We have 45,000 military personnel coming back from Iraq and many will be discharged, and will be seeking medical care from the V.A.. You don't need to be sitting around in some VA medical center waiting room, complaining, if you have your own medical resources and others do not. The VA healthcare system is already overburdened and you don't need to add to it. By the way, I am a veteran and have my own health care insurance. I don't bother the VA and complain about it.
Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 16:17