The problem with the VA: illustrated in ONE voicemail

mailMy top secret hotline rang unexpectedly today. I saw on the caller ID that it was a number I did not recognize from Fayetteville.  So, I decided to introduce the caller to my friend VOICE MAIL. Here’s what VM passed on to me:

“Hi, this is the Department of Veterans Affairs calling for Mr. Dean. I’m calling to see if you are interested in getting a primary care provider. You can call us back at [number redacted].”

Seriously?  First, that screams SERIOUS HIPAA violation.  Second, they are failing this “Mr. Dean.”  (For the record, there is no “Mr. Dean” reachable at my super-secret hotline number.  In fact, there are NO veterans reachable at this number.) Who knows if he’ll ever receive — or have the opportunity to receive — this benefit they are pitching. 

The VA has already been popped with all kinds of bad publicity about wait times.  In this day and age, why can’t veterans simply be supplied with vouchers to use at the health care provider of their choice?  Is DC that scared — and that beholden — to the government employees unions? 

1 thought on “The problem with the VA: illustrated in ONE voicemail

  1. “why can’t veterans simply be supplied with vouchers to use at the health care provider of their choice?”
    BINGO! Because it’s very obvious that the incompetent Veterans Administration can’t take care of our vets in a timely fashion. Vets who need critical care are dying before the incompetent VA bureaucrats in the VA get around to scheduling an appointment.
    And if the VA wasn’t enough of a nightmare, we are haunted by another federal run debacle called: Obamacare. That is also failing miserably.
    As The Lyin King promised (repeatedly): “you can keep your plan, you can keep your doctor, and costs will be lower”.
    The truth: Americans have lost their plans, lost their doctors, and costs are rising (exponentially). States that were foolish enough to set up Obamacare exchanges find that they are going bankrupt.
    Enjoy your “Hope “N Change”.

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