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Let a Minnesota Republican tell you what a Michigan veteran thinks

by: Eric B.

Sat Dec 07, 2013 at 12:23:07 PM EST

The Detroit News ran an Op-Ed that is really a phony attack on Obamacare by way of the Veterans Administration. The headline: "Ask a Michigan vet about health care". I'd never heard of the guy before, but assumed that he's a Michigan native who served in the military and now gets his health care from a Veterans Administration hospital*. His tagline lists him as CEO of Concerned Veterans of America. Did a Google search.

He is indeed a veteran, a decorated combat veteran, in fact. Doesn't appear that he was ever wounded,  however, so it's not very clear that he gets any health services from the VA. What is certain is that he's not from Michigan, and that he ran for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat from Minnesota last year. And, that before taking over "Concerned Veterans for America," he ran a veterans group that was a front for Republican activism.

This is above and beyond the mendatious attempt to paint Obamacare as some kind of government-run health care system.

*--Back in the day, I was treated through the VA for tuberculosis, which I contracted while on active duty. I was never sick and never contagious, but still had to take six months of rifampin and isoniazid as a treatment. I went to one appointment at the VA hospital in Topeka. I can confirm that it took me half a day to see anyone, and the doctor I wound up getting looked at by was so new to medicine and so unaware of how to treat tuberculosis that our consultation consisted of him getting a book about drugs off a shelf and reading off the side effects and asking if I had any of them. On my way out, I walked past a hallway lined with people in wheelchairs and one standing there shrieking at the top of his lungs.

Eric B. :: Let a Minnesota Republican tell you what a Michigan veteran thinks
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