If there was one thing that should’ve clued the country in to the inevitability of Obamacare being a complete debacle, it should have been the well-known (although ever-ignored) problems within the Veteran’s Administration. The government has done a tremendous job of honoring and caring for our veterans – NOT!
The long lines to drink the administration’s ‘Kool-aid’ never seem to end (and it gets longer with every illegal alien), because the country fell for the promises of ‘quality and affordable’ healthcare hook, line and sinker. And, we’re sunk!
THANKFULLY (blah!) our fine senators have realized that they need to ‘work together’ to come up with a workable healthcare system for our vets. No…wait…I believe the phrase was that they’ve acknowledged they’re ‘obligated by the scandal’ to work out a bipartisan deal. Those two things aren’t one in the same.
We’ve known for years that our vets have a difficult time getting the medical care they need. We’ve known of red-tape and backlogs. But, because there’s now a frenzy of media attention, the Senate deems it an important enough issue to come up with a ‘bipartisan’ solution. Our vets deserve better!
Washington Examiner – A mismanagement scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs has had the unexpected side effect of bringing the Senate’s Republicans and Democrats together.
On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators announced the framework of a deal to reform the veterans’ health care system, though it may take a little longer for the Senate to vote on an actual bill.
The plan appears to include ideas from a bill the Republican-led House passed that would give the VA secretary the power to fire poorly performing senior executives. And it would provide veterans with “choice cards” to allow them to obtain private medical care if they face long wait times at VA hospitals or live more than 40 miles from a facility.
“I am pleased that real accountability measures are included in the legislation,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said of the proposed framework.
The VA system has been plagued by problems, including long waiting lists for medical care and evidence that senior executives destroyed records to cover up mismanagement. According to a report by the VA inspector general, vets at the Phoenix VA medical center wait to see a doctor for an average of 115 days. The IG also discovered a list of 1,700 vets waiting for care who were inexplicably excluded from an electronic waiting list, leaving them in limbo.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the top Republican on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said the two parties were obligated by the scandal to work out a bipartisan deal.
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