Secret Plans to Stop VA Healthcare Exposed

A proposal that aims to shut down veteran clinics and hospitals was drafted behind closed doors, in secret, and has now been exposed. As the proposal came to light, many of the largest and most influential veteran’s service organizations began criticizing it immediately. The proposal also would turn veteran healthcare services over to private doctors and facilities.

Several members of the Commission on Care are said to have passed the secret proposal around to certain members of the group. The group was mandated by Congress with the mission of studying VA services and how to improve those services over the next two decades.

A letter signed by leaders of The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, AMVETS, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, contained (in part) the following:

VA Logo“We are greatly alarmed by the content of the ‘proposed straw man document’ that was developed and drafted outside the open Commission process by seven … of the fifteen members — without the input or even knowledge of the other Commissioners.” The letter was sent to the panel’s chairwoman, Nancy Schlichting.

Within the secret 34-page proposal was information on how to privatize veterans’ health care, with the goal of completely eliminating Veterans Affairs Department health care facilities over the next 20 years. In addition, the proposal suggests stopping new construction for VA facilities, including local clinics, and also calls for shutting down all VA hospital and clinics that are now in use. Under this proposal, the VA would act as paymaster, paying private sector facilities and personnel for their services.

We will be watching this and report new developments as they become available.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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