No, the VA Is Not an Obamacare Preview

An opposing viewpoint to Schlafly’s, is found in the Tuesday National Journal. Sam Baker says, “the VA is the VA,” meaning it’s not the Affordable Care Act. “Obamacare is not socialized medicine. It’s not a government takeover of the healthcare system. Sure, people can call it that, and in comparison with charges like ‘death panels,’ those characterizations don’t sound so off-the-reservation. But they’re still wrong.”

Baker cites several examples to support his arguments, including the fact that while “Obamacare expands eligibility for Medicaid, which is a government-run program. But it’s still not socialized medicine like the VA: you don’t use your Medicaid card to go to the Medicaid Hospital for an appointment with the Medicaid doctor, the way veteran’s do with their VA coverage.”

Baker also contends, “Obamacare is not a healthcare system. The VA is.”

Read more at  The National Journal.com