Interview with Jacobin Magazine on the VA
Meagan Day did a wonderful interview with me on the VA for Jacobin Magazine. It covers all the bases and lays the issues out very thoroughly and succinctly. Not always easy to find a journalist who actually gets it.
Jacobin Magazine interview by Meagan Day with Suzanne Gordon
Veterans’ health care is “horrible, horrible, and unfair” according to Donald Trump. But how true is that? Pretty untrue, judging by the numerous studies the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) health care system performs better than private systems in quality, safety, and effectiveness of treatment.
The VA runs the largest health care system in the US, and the only one that’s publicly funded from top to bottom, with not only its own insurance program but its own doctors and hospitals as well. And despite having an older, poorer, and sicker clientele than the general population, the VA is both the most cost-effective health system in the country and boasts the nation’s highest rates of patient satisfaction. Its continuing success is a stinging rebuke to the neoliberal axiom that private corporations and capitalist markets can deliver everything society needs, better and more efficiently than tax-funded social programs can. READ MORE