As Emily Litella would say, "What's all this fuss about about vets and healthcare?"
I made one phone call yesterday and got an appointment with a top neurologist in under 24 hours. That is incredible service by any standard. Of course, in this case I paid cash, the provider was in private practice, and the doctor was the vet not the patient. The patient is expected to make a full recovery and will soon be back to eating voraciously, running around, and wagging his tail.
To those like Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama who told us that vets had the best healthcare system available and it should be a model for the whole nation, I say they were looking at the wrong vet system. Veterinarians are the only doctors working in a totally privatized system today. Theirs is the best healthcare model in terms of quality and service in the US, and in fact on the entire planet.
So while our military vets are dying on VA waitlists, while all citizens are now subject to the bureaucratic nightmare that is Obamacare, while the poor suffer on substandard Medicaid, and while the aged are herded into the socialized system that is Medicare, our pets are enjoying state-of-the-art medicine in the best private healthcare system in the world. Heck-of-a-job America.