Regulation kills. For decades, government policymakers at state, local and federal levels have piled regulations onto the medical industry. Combined with government subsidies, these policies have sent health care costs spiraling upward faster than inflation every year for decades.
Recently the USA Today reported that even government “health care” operations such as the Veterans Administration have had to violate regulations in order to function. The VA has been hiring doctors with revoked medical licenses for years.
(Of course, the licensing laws have been imposed because lobby groups such as the American Medical Association (AMA) deliberately seek to enrich themselves by limiting the market of medical professionals.)
VA officials may have cut corners to address widespread failures to treat veterans, which were publicized throughout 2014 and 2015.
The VA Inspector General admits that hundreds of thousands of veterans may have died as a result of VA wait lists. In Los Angeles, nearly 100 veterans died waiting for health care between October 2014 and August 2015. There’s also another report that links veteran suicides to neglect.