By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Americans’ distrust of big, centralized power is as old as America itself.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the sketchy rollout of the federal health care law is upsetting people and torpedoing politicians’ approval ratings.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

If just signing up for the thing is this rough thanks to inept bureaucrats, people wonder, what will it be like when I actually have to go get medical care later on?

This reasonable suspicion of big government draws plenty of ridicule, depending on whose partisan interests are taking the heat.

For instance, when skeptics challenge the rationale for going to war, they get dismissed as weak-kneed by the war hawks. Lately, it’s Obamacare critics being waved off as craven Tea Partiers just out to undermine their nemesis.

Maybe all of the above should read the report by CNN about the unforgivable negligence in federal veterans hospitals that is resulting in avoidable deaths of veterans.

The CNN investigation found numerous cases of cursory, flawed diagnoses, interminable delays in seeing and treating cancer patients, chronic failure to acknowledge the problem and misuse of funds appropriated to deal with it.

The final straw was the refusal of the VA to cooperate with or even respond to Congressional efforts to hold someone accountable.

In a statement to CNN, the Department of Veterans Affairs claimed it was “committed to providing the best quality, safe and effective health care our Veterans have earned and deserve,” and insisted the problems the network documented had been “resolved.”

But that was a lie, just as “if you like your plan you can keep your plan” was.

And they always wonder, Democrat and Republican, with an amazing amount of self-righteous annoyance, why we’re so skeptical.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.



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