Skip to comments.Senate bill doubles spending on veterans’ health
Posted on 06/14/2014 2:23:55 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Spending on veterans health care could double in three years under the Senates solution to the long waits experienced by thousands seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics, according to congressional budget experts. [ ]
Both the Senate bill and a House version also passed this past week would dramatically expand government-paid health care. They would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay private providers to treat qualifying veterans who cant get prompt appointments at the VAs nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics or who live at least 40 miles from one of them.
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The answer is to throw out EVERYONE in charge
who is not a physician, nurse, surgeon or equivalent.
More likely al Qaeda will be put in charge like the Pentagon,
OR a criminal illegal alien as was put in charge of
Just watch. This mainly will give the unionized employees better pay and better benefits. They will still neglect Veterans and kill them by neglect.
Can you say “Pouring taxpayer dollars down the VA rat hole?”
The unions get a raise!!! Whoopee!!!
I could improve performance, save money, and not write one new law. I would fire 10% of VA staff top to bottom via lottery and tel them it will be done every 6 months until the problem is fixed.
Why do I suspect that doubling the spending will end up doubling the wait times?
Do the VA employees think this means they double their pay? Seems that is all most of them care about.
It’s the solution to every problem. Apparently.
Should any of these charges be felonies, then at any VA hospital where veterans died due to lack of care, everyone charged with those felonies also needs to be hit with homicide charges, just as a getaway driver can be charged with murder even if he didn't pull the trigger himself, these bureaucrats are every bit as responsible for the deaths of the veterans.
I cant help but wonder if Heinlein wasn't somewhat prescient with his book, "Starship Troopers," where the veterans took over the government, given the way the government has screwed over the veterans.
Seriously, this VA problem is so bad that the best solution might be for states to provide a “Veterans’ Urgent Care”, so that veterans qualified for VA can get timely health care, unless the problem is so severe that they have to go through the VA.
By radically reducing the number of vets going to the VA for routine and chronic care, a lot of the pressure would be taken off the system, so that it could concentrate on those who really needed help, now.
Granted, state systems would likely require a small copay, but if you are willing to spend say $20-50 for health care now, instead of go on a several month waiting list, it would be worth it for all but indigent veterans.
All that would be required is for the feds to *allow* states to do this.
You remember when a congressmaqn suggested that veterans who had to wait should be able to go to private doctors ???
well it used to be like that..BBO before Barry Obama...
Veterans had a choice of going to a local hospital for specialized tests etc like colonoscopies instead of a couple hundred or so miles away to a VA hospital..
It may be coming back real soon...Veterans will be going back to the local hospitals and clinics..
The liberal never ever admits to have made a mistake.
No matter what the results of their programs, the solution is always to spend more money on it.
Spending more on the VA will only give us more of the VA we already have.
What needs to be done is for veterans to be issues a special medical card which would actually be a credit card admissible as payment in any accredited hospital in the world with the caveat that the reason for treatment must be service related.
The VA would not be required to examine the veteran to determine the cause of admission, as any doctor could make that determination based on an examination and a review of the veteran’s service records, medical records and discharge records.
YAY. Now the VA can hire even more unemployable affirmative action hires.
Just watch. This mainly will give the unionized employees better pay and better benefits.
They can’t unless they give every Federal Worker a raise. VA employees are regular GS employees like those of the Pentagon. Sorry to take air out of your over the top nonsense.
Perfect, give the fools more money to squander and docs more money to “privatize”.
Just like schools, the problem is not lack of money.
“Over the top nonsense”...just watch. Are you a VA employee?
Gee - just two weeks ago we were told that the VA was getting more than it could spend for the 5th year in a row. I guess they need a new slush fund source.
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