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A word from the Nashville Minx on why government-controlled health care remains a scary proposition:
The opinion page in the Tennessean recently detailed a Department of Veterans Affairs flub-up. This federally funded healthcare system for veterans of the United States military has a less than stellar reputation, and in the light of their current firestorm I can see why.
In December 2008, it was discovered that while performing colonoscopy procedures at the Alvin C. York Campus in Murfreesboro, among others facilities, an improper valve was used on the irrigation tube, potentially exposing patients to HIV and hepatitis. It's going to take a little more than Amoxicillin to treat those bad boys.
My first reaction: WTF?!
To my understanding, when using the correct valve, water flows in and out of the irrigation tube to clear any such debris incurred during the colonoscopy process. When using the incorrect valve, water flows in one direction, basically compounding fluid and debris in the irrigation tube. If VA employees fail to clean the tube between patients... I'll spare you the graphic details.
Now, to give the VA a little credit, it held a press conference in February, then notified some 6,000 veterans who were potentially exposed and set up a hotline for questions and scheduling appointments. The VA has also offered to run blood tests, additional colonoscopies and treat anyone who was exposed at no charge--real gracious considering they're the responsible party.
Just makes me think: if the Department of Veterans Affairs functions as a federally controlled healthcare system, then what would nationally mandated healthcare in the United States look like? With any luck President Obama and any other such socialism touting, federally funded public access hippies will not impose something like this. If they do, count me out. I'll stick with the private sector.