Al-Qaeda Terrorists Treated Better Than Veterans

Barb Wire

Investor’s Business Daily Editorial:

GitmoCare: The roughly 150 jihadists at Gitmo have approximately 100 doctors, nurses and health care personnel assigned to them to handle their post-traumatic stress or anything else that ails them, with zero wait time.

If Thomas Francis Breen, a 71-year-old Navy veteran who died of bladder cancer while falling victim to the Veterans Administration scam at its Phoenix hospital, had been a terrorist imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, he’d be alive today, the beneficiary of the finest health care the U.S. government could provide.

Instead, the father-in-law of Sally Barnes-Breen, who brought him to the Phoenix VA hospital with blood in his urine on Sept. 28, 2013, was sent home without treatment and told to wait. On Nov. 30, he became one of the 40 casualties of the Obama administration’s indifference to the veterans who served their country.

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In December, Barnes-Breen got a phone call from the VA saying an appointment had been scheduled for her father-in-law, who died from stage 4 bladder cancer.

The appointment was with a rheumatologist to look at his prosthetic leg.

It is a despicable state of affairs when the Khalid Sheikh Mohammeds of the world have better access to medical care than the Thomas Breens who protect our lives and our freedoms.

Yet, as former Pentagon spokesman J.D. Gordon says on, that is a grim reality. Says Gordon, a retired Navy commander who served as a Pentagon spokesman in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2005-09 and who visited Gitmo many times, the Gitmo ratio of patients to health care providers is 1.5 to 1. For America’s 9 million veterans receiving VA health care and 267,930 VA employees, the ratio is about 34 to 1.

As a fact sheet from Joint Task Force Guantanamo, titled “Detainee Medical Care,” states, “Medical services are available to detainees around the clock, seven days a week.” These services include screening for everything from tuberculosis to colon cancer.

It is good to be a terrorist, not so good to be a veteran. As IBD writer John Merline has noted, if Gitmo detainees had to use the VA system, the U.S. would be accused of violating the Geneva Convention.

And, unlike ObamaCare enrollees, Gitmo jihadists get to keep their plan and their doctor, and there are no premiums to go up.

Want to know about torture, Mr. President? Ask a veteran on a VA waiting list.

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