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Fri Sep 13, 2019, 07:58 PM

The Trump Administration Is Sabotaging Veterans' Access to Health Care

Taken together, the Trump administration is perpetuating a dangerous cycle to further the case for VA privatization. Veterans, now facing fewer clinical resources and delays in care, may themselves clamor under these conditions for the private sector as a seemingly better alternative. But privatization, as we are seeing, will ultimately lead to care that is more expensive, less accessible, and not tailored to the unique needs of those itís supposed to serve.
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https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/09/13/the-trump-administration-is-sabotaging-veterans-access-to-health-care/

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white cloud Sep 2019 OP
RKP5637 Sep 2019 #1
pangaia Sep 2019 #4
Delmette2.0 Sep 2019 #10
TreasonousBastard Sep 2019 #2
safeinOhio Sep 2019 #5
Haggis for Breakfast Sep 2019 #7
Haggis for Breakfast Sep 2019 #3
safeinOhio Sep 2019 #6
Haggis for Breakfast Sep 2019 #8
NewEnglandAutumn Sep 2019 #9

Response to white cloud (Original post)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 08:03 PM

1. Incredible!!! This administrations' goal is to destroy as much of America as then can. They hate the

Veterans and most of the country.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 10:22 PM

4. They don;t hate the country. They don;t care one way or the other. hey love themselves.

.. And are power hungry, greedy parasites. This is what the republican party has been sins the 1970's at least. And now they got what the have been after all these years... like slow growing cancer.

That, plus putin and the rest of the international gangsters...

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Response to pangaia (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 10:47 PM

10. The opposite of love is apathy, not hate.

The R's really don't care. They think that the men and women who have left the military have served their purpose and are now disposable.



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Response to white cloud (Original post)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 08:52 PM

2. I beg to differ. While VA care has its problems, in my area it has been getting better...

quite a bit better.

More local clinics are opening offering much care without the long trip to the main hospital.

Outsourcing of certain care has been going on for years-- I had a special CT Scan done at a local radiology lab because the VA radiology clinic didn't have the proper equipment (very expensive for such limited use) Other scans and MRIs were done at the VA. And colonoscopies were outsourced until demand made them expand the hospital resources.

I am finding the care here to be of higher quality and more available.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 10:32 PM

5. I hear that from lots of Vets.

They love their Government Health Care.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 10:38 PM

7. We EARNED our care.

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Response to white cloud (Original post)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 09:47 PM

3. As a disabled vet, I have accessed VA care for a long time.

Until this administration came in, the VA was improving steadily. My area is still doing well, but resources are stretched.

The most-demanded department in the VA right now, nation wide, is mental health, no surprise there.

Still, you can't complain about the VA. If you have a co-pay, it's far lower than what 80% of what the rest of the country pays. I get upset when I hear people grumble in the waiting rooms. I have been known to get up, go over to them, introduce myself, and explain to them that if they think they can get better health care, at a cheaper price, by more dedicated people, then I point in the direction of the exit and invite them to leave. I have gotten standing ovations from the nurses.

Many staffers at the VA are themselves veterans, so they understand a thing or two about the "unique" needs of vets. I am always in awe of the dedication of these folks. They have to listen to whiny, thoughtless, ungrateful people all the time, and wear a smile while they do that. If it weren't for these tireless, devoted clinicians on that side of the counter, folks on my side of the counter would be up the proverbial creek minus the paddle. These folks are underpaid and overworked, their departments are under-staffed (Nation-wide, there are 62,000 vacancies at the VA.), and their clinics are over-booked. Some VAs hold clinics on Saturdays to meet demand. So, if you're going to bitch about the VA --- 1) consider your alternatives, 2) don't dump on the staff and 3) don't ever do it within earshot of me.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 10:35 PM

6. Thank you for your opinion

and service.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 10:39 PM

8. Serving this nation was a privilege and an honor

and I would do it all over again.

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Response to white cloud (Original post)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 10:46 PM

9. Doing it to Active Duty Families

and retirees as well.

They are kicking people out of military run hospitals and clinics as well. They increased premiums (for retirees) right before they did it and increased co-pays. At the clinic we went to doctors are leaving because they feel by limiting the types and ages of patients it will damage their careers. Now I can't even afford my specialty care which will decrease my life span.

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