Republican Congressman Extols The Virtues Of Government-Run Health Care

Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) praised the efficiency of government-run health care during a town hall in Manitowoc, Wisconsin this week, claiming that “the Veterans Administration was at the forefront of creating integrated electronic medical records that should result in better care.” “As best as I can tell, vets get a high level of care while in the service,” he said.

Republicans have long maintained a love affair with the VA, conveniently overlooking its government ties to denounce Obamacare (or any proposal that increases government involvement in the health care sector) for “rationing” services and spreading socialism. But the VA system deserves its fair share of praise: it “outpaces other systems in delivering patient care,” consistently delivering higher quality health care more efficiently.

A study from the RAND corporation found that “VA patients were more likely to receive recommended care” and “received consistently better care across the board, including screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow up”: