Zero Hedge: “A 76-year-old military veteran killed himself outside a Long Island Veteran Affairs facility Sunday after being denied treatment. He was reportedly seeking help for mental health issues at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center but was turned away, an unfortunately common experience plaguing veterans seeking healthcare in recent years.
According to the New York Times, two people connected to the hospital spoke about the incident on the condition of anonymity. They explained “he had been frustrated that he was unable to see an emergency-room physician for reasons related to his mental health,” the Times reported.
“He went to the E.R. and was denied service,” one anonymous source said. “And then he went to his car and shot himself.”
Opinion: If we were to rank the scandals from the IRS targeting right wing causes or the outright lies that passed Obamacare, or the Iran nuclear deal, this one is perhaps the most egregious.
The disdain of United States military veterans.
There is little doubt that if Peter Kaisen of Islip New York had been an illegal alien he would not been dead today. Here’s why:
Under the Emergency Medical and Treatment Act of 1986, Public and private hospitals alike are prohibited by law from denying a patient care in an emergency. The (EMTLA) passed by Congress forbids the denial of care to indigent or uninsured patients based on a lack of ability to pay, including illegal aliens.
Newsflash: The Veterans Administration is not subject to the EMTLA.
In March 2015, President Obama said, “It’s important to know that somebody’s got their backs, and that, if there are problems, that we are not going to be defensive about it, not hiding it.”
In October 2015, Hillary Clinton said that the “VA problem is not as widespread as it’s made out to be”.
The VA is a parallel universe:
- Senior employees that can’t be fired (here)
- Patients die waiting for care (here)
- Roach infested kitchens (here)
On March 23, 2016, Charles Richard Imgram III doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire after leaving outside a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in New Jersey.
Nothing has changed since the scandal broke in 2014, and only one candidate for president has promised to fix the VA, and it ain’t Hillary Clinton.