Lets do some math...we like math (don't we?)
As reported on US Census Bureau website, the 2000 census determined that 26.4 Million citizens are Veterans and that is 12.7% of the population.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs is exclusively government operated health care entity. On 23 JUN, the House voted 409 to 1 to pass H.R.1016 which appropriates $53 Billion dollars for fiscal year 2010 (Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010)
http://www.vmwusa.org/index.php/govtaffairs/2010-va-budget-updates (scroll to bottom half of page)
I have a contact within the VA who has operational business knowledge. The medical center that this person works at has approx. 79000 veterans in its' geographical/operational jurisdiction. When I asked how many are actually use the VA from the area I
was told that it was less than 25000. There is currently a push to increase this to 30000. Many Vets are actually not allowed to use the VA due to the Millenium Bill. This places a cap on the amount of income or assets a vet can have before them are deemed
ineligible. I cannot use VA...I make too much...BTW, neither can my retired father...even though when we were both in the military a verbal contract was made with all veterans that the VA would take care of their medical needs. That is a different story
So, if I were to round the percentage of utilization up to a full 1/3 would that be fair...i say yes. 1/3 of 26.4 million = 8.7666666 million or in significant figures 8.77 million or 4.23% of the population. That is if we extrapilate the ratio out to
its logical conclusion.
Lets take a moment to summarize...
$53 Billion Dollars to provide 1 year of health care for approx. 8.77 Million veterans. This covers all VA operational and upkeep expendatures for 1 year.
Ok, lets now say that the VA (100% government controlled, fixed price, below market average salary MDs, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practicianers, etc...) were to serve 100% of the public...
Lets get the multiplier to figure out the cost....
100/4.23 = 23.64066 = 23.6 (significant figures again)
Ok, in order for the VA to fully provide health care for 100% of the "known" reported population: $53 Billion * 23.6 = $1,250.8 Billion = $1.2508 Trillion
That is what 1 year of health care would cost, that is assuming that the VA already had in place and operational enough adequately staffed and equipped facilities.
Also, the it is more difficult for fraudulant billing in the VA as...well who gets billed? Yeah the Vets have a co-pay if there is no service connected injury being treated...$50 bucks for as many appointments and procedures you can squeeze into a full
day (of sitting in waiting rooms).
Sure, the VA bills the Vets insurance company...that is if they disclose it...but in a single payer world, there is no insurance provider.
What is the current US debt...I can't keep track but there is a website that shows it...
link = http://www.usdebtclock.org/
Right now, every dollar that I earn from Jan 1 thru some time in May goes to the government in taxes...how much will that increase?
How much more debt can the US stack up from wasteful spending and give aways before the AAA credit rating goes away and China dumps their stock of Dollars...or worse? China has already announce a couple of years ago that they were going to start divesting
themselves of the Dollar...
I doubt that the 'non-partisan' congressional accounting office really thinks that this new health care law is going to reduce the debt...
A crash is coming...hold on, prepare and be ready...its not going to just affect America...
Please, my friends...don't applaude the coming reckoning...politicians have sold us all into chains...