Ex SEAL Luttrel was asked what could be done to fix the VA as quickly as possible. In his typical no-nonsense style (he wrote a book about his exploits in the Middle East where he was the only one in his company to return home alive called 'Lone Survivor' - a good read). Anyway, he had this suggestion. Make all members of both houses of Congress get their healthcare, through the VA offices in their home State (no special VA hospital in D.C.) and make them go on the bottom of the list, like everyone else.
Re: Which is it repubs? Are you for or against veterans?
You do realize that the Dems in the Senate, just killed a (bipartisan) House Bill, aimed at helping the Veterans stuck on the VA waiting lists, don't you?
It seems that there is plenty of dirty politics to go around, on both sides here, although I think the Dem bill the GOP voted down, had the potential for better immediate results. Ironically, the reason the Dems gave for killing the bill in the Senate, is pretty much the same reason that they were ridiculing the GOP for using, in voting the other bills down.
Blast from the past - 2009 - is this the same Shinseki?
retired General Eric Shinseki, who wants to save a few bucks at the Veterans Administration by making men and women injured in the service of our country pay for their care:
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance. …
No official proposal to create such a program has been announced publicly, but veterans groups wrote a pre-emptive letter last week to President Obama voicing their opposition to the idea after hearing the plan was under consideration.
The groups also cited an increase in “third-party collections” estimated in the 2010 budget proposal — something they said could be achieved only if the Veterans Administration started billing for service-related injuries.
Asked about the proposal, Shinseki said it was under “consideration.”
“A final decision hasn’t been made yet,” he said.