The Corner

Krugman in 2011: The ‘VA Is a Huge Policy Success Story’

In 2011, New York Times columnist and Princeton economist Paul Krugman wrote an article praising the Veterans Health administration, calling the VA a “huge policy success story, which offers important lessons for future health reform.”

Just a few months before Krugman called the VA a “success,” an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a Pittsburgh vets’ hospital began that ultimately killed at least six veterans between 2011 and 2012. The Pittsburgh VA knew about the outbreak for a year, and they failed to warn patients.

“Yes, this is ’socialized medicine,’” Krugman said of the VA system. “It works, [and] suggests what it will take to solve troubles of U.S. health care more broadly.”

Now that whistleblowers have revealed widespread negligence in the VA system, one wonders if Krugman still considers it such a model.

Most Popular

Elections

Elizabeth Warren Is Jussie Smollett

Elizabeth Warren has a moving story about being fired from a teaching job because she was pregnant, a story that perfectly complements her political narrative that she is the tribune and champion of those who have been treated unfairly by the powerful. Joe Biden has a moving — and horrifying — story about his ... Read More
Culture

The Origins of the Transgender Movement

Editor’s Note: This article has been adapted from remarks delivered at a Heritage Foundation summit. I’ve been asked to talk about the origins of transgenderism and how it relates to children and their exploitation. But first, I would like to start with a little story. Yesterday I was wandering around ... Read More
World

Kurdish, Syrian, and Turkish Ironies

Outrage met Donald Trump’s supposedly rash decision to pull back U.S. troops from possible confrontational zones between our Kurdish friends in Syria and Recep Erdogan’s expeditionary forces. Turkey claims that it will punish the Syrian Kurds for a variety of supposed provocations, including aiding and ... Read More
PC Culture

Defiant Dave Chappelle

When Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special Sticks & Stones came out in August, the overwhelming response from critics was that it was offensive, unacceptable garbage. Inkoo Kang of Slate declared that Chappelle’s “jokes make you wince.” Garrett Martin, in the online magazine Paste, maintained that the ... Read More
Sports

LeBron James Looks Like a Fraud

So, LeBron James claimed that Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey was simply “misinformed or not really educated on the situation” when he tweeted his support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. “I don’t want to get into a feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at ... Read More