Wednesday, March 07, 2007

When the government is better that private contractors!

The word "government" is often associated with inefficiency and waste of "tax payer's money". Well, the idea may be prevailing but it is often quite mythical. Here's a good case in point which shows that profitability is not always a good goal, especially when it comes to health.
Last the NBC Evening news had an interesting take on the Walter Reed Scandal (in case you have been living in a hole recently, Walter Reed is the military medical center accused of neglect by wounded soldiers and their family members).
Apparently, replacing government workers by private contractors did not do it too well.
Critics say part of the problem may be an Army decision last year to contract out maintenance and support at Walter Reed to a private company, even though government workers argued they could do it better, and for less.
The best part is this though:

The contract went to a company — International American Products, or IAP — that played a major role in the ice fiasco during Hurricane Katrina, when trucks roamed the country, delivering little and running up costs to taxpayers.

"They didn't seem to be doing a very good job even delivering the ice, and from what we now see, they didn't do a very good job at Walter Reed, either," says Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee.

Don't you just love the stupidity of those ideologically motivated decision makers?! All those "deciders" have certainly decided..... the wrong thing, once again!

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