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A Two-Fisted Fix for the VA
Bloomberg, by Editorial

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Posted By:garnet, 6/9/2014 10:40:27 AM

There are two theories on what the Department of Veterans Affairs needs to fix its sprawling health-care system: Better management or more money. The beauty of the deal struck by Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and John McCain of Arizona is that it tries both strategies at once. The proposed legislation, announced last week and now getting hashed out in committee, starts with the department´s immediate need to provide more care. It calls for the VA to lease 26 additional major medical facilities around the country, and it would enable the department to hire doctors and nurses more quickly, with existing

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: farmwife, 6/9/2014 10:51:08 AM     (No. 9878457)

My problem with this is, we leave in place all those crooks who are giving themselves bonuses for cheating the system. Throwing more money at the system just gives them more to steal.
It rewards bad fiscal management.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: WAN2, 6/9/2014 10:51:47 AM     (No. 9878458)

Imagine improving ANYTHING in Washington without spending more money. One fist is all that is necessary.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 6/9/2014 11:36:53 AM     (No. 9878502)

Sure, a socialist from Vermont an a twit from AZ are going to fix something. Where have we heard this before?

Hang on to your wallet and your liberty. It´s going to be a rough ride.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 6/9/2014 12:11:31 PM     (No. 9878565)

More reaching across the isle with their hands in my back pocket.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 6/9/2014 12:48:01 PM     (No. 9878612)

The VA workers are union and don´t work and cant be fired only if they commit murder.We pay the union workers full time on our dime.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Kerryman, 6/9/2014 1:02:16 PM     (No. 9878629)

"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program".

Ronald Reagan

The VA has passed its "Sell by" date. It is an enormous bureaucracy that exists for that bureaucracy, and the politicians not the Veterans.

Keep the Walter Reed´s coupled with special regional centers for PTSD and Orthopedics/Prosthetic Devices. The rest sell to hospital groups. Give each veteran a VA Card in lieu of a Medicare Card which includes VA Deductibles. If VA Benefits would be a Medicare Upgrade, they get it.

Say what you want but the VA participants are mostly geriatric. All the WWII, Korean War Vets will be gone in 20 years. 90% of the Viet Vets will be gone. We are facing a reducing Veteran bubble over the next twenty years. The Gulf War and War on Terror veterans will never approach the current level of the combo of WWII, Korean and Viet Vets, with Gulf and War on Terror Vets we have now. Hopefully we won´t be adding a new category in the near future.

This is not heavy lifting.

Semper Fi

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Reply 7 - Posted by: losgatos, 6/9/2014 2:16:24 PM     (No. 9878711)

A good start would be to stop the lying and cheating but I guess that´s too much to ask of the government.

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