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Letter: Misdirected, premature criticism
June 09, 2014, 05:00 AM


In his commentary regarding recently publicized problems in the VA health care system, Ethan Jones (Letters, Daily Journal, Tuesday, 6/3) not only condemns the long-established VA system in its entirety, he also rages against Obamacare, which is in its infancy. Wham — just like that — problems in the VA system (which automatically makes it a failed system), therefore, somehow, the new Obamacare is “obviously” a failure. A failure that can be “fixed” by repealing it. Apparently, following Jones’ logic, the VA system should also be dismantled.

As best I know, the VA health care system was established before President Obama was born — yet somehow, Mr. Jones connects the Affordable Care Act to the VA System, an entirely separate entity.

After a career in the local high-tech industry, where I had partially-subsidized health insurance through my employers, I enrolled in the VA system. In the ensuing 14 years, the VA system has convinced me that it is far superior to the care I had during my working life.

Further, I recently wrote to the president to suggest that while looking into the obvious VA problems, an examination of the well-run branches of the VA should also be made — Palo Alto, for example. Emulate the well-run operations — don’t tear the whole thing down — fix it. Unfortunately, a similar letter to Secretary Shinseki was posted too late.

Ruben Contreras

Palo Alto



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