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More than just money

| Monday, May 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

In her column “ObamaCare's lackadaisical layabouts” , Michelle Malkin convincingly enumerates the vast sums paid by the Obama administration for contractors to hire employees who do nothing to sign people up for ObamaCare, and for at least four state ObamaCare exchanges that have spent $500 million before giving up and shutting down.

Far more distressing than the waste of our money is the government's waste of our health.

The current scandals at the Department of Veterans Affairs illustrate the deaths of many veterans while waiting months to see a doctor. A few years ago, active-duty soldiers were housed in dilapidated, filthy, rodent-infested buildings at Walter Reed Army Medical Center — within sight of the VIP suites maintained for members of Congress and the administration.

Combat-wounded veterans and active-duty soldiers are disregarded by an indifferent bureaucracy while the government relentlessly expands its control of all medical care. What can the rest of us expect from this loving embrace of government?

Richard E. Ralston

Newport Beach, Calif.

The writer is executive director of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (afcm.org).

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