As if Obamacare has not confused and complicated the American health system over the last few years enough, it appears the government may be headed toward making another big blunder where our many veterans’ healthcare issues may be affected. This was indicated at a hastily called meeting by the American Federation of Government Employees Union which represents workers at the Tomah, Virginia VA medical center. They revealed information that seemed to suggest that moving to seriously pursue turning over the Veterans Administration healthcare system to private management companies was all but a done deal.
Apparently there has been a commission in place for a while studying the feasibility of this scenario. The union heads said they had information that the commission’s membership was only a few votes shy of recommending that the management of the VA health system be turned over to private companies in the not-too-distant future.
The commission, which has been in place since 2014, is made up of 15 members. It was originally formed to find ways to end the wait time for treatment at VA hospitals and has somehow led to the opinion that the entire VA healthcare system as we know it should be eliminated by the year 2035. What this means to the health benefits of those men and women who so proudly served this country is anyone’s guess but, if past experience has taught us anything, it’s that privatization of government services has never been very successful in the past.
It is no secret that many politicians and others have been calling for the reduction or elimination of the VA healthcare system for some time now. This has caused great concern among groups such as the Disabled Veterans of America. Veterans who have been wounded and others that have served for lengthy periods of time in the military deserve better than what they are getting.
The scary thing for veterans who are entitled to healthcare benefits from the government is that everyone is not sure what “elimination” of the VA healthcare system means. Will it mean it’s a drastic budget-reducing move that will leave them with no benefits at all or does it mean they will get government-funded care from private clinics and hospitals? We have all seen the abuses and cost overruns those types of situations generally produce in the regular healthcare system where insurance is concerned.
Privatizing the management of Veterans Affairs and the VA healthcare system is by no means the answer to the problems that plague the system. The United States government needs to be both accountable for and sensitive to the health needs of veterans; it’s not another thing you want to put into the hands of private companies who make decisions based on money. Our many brave veterans have sacrificed far too much to have their choices in healthcare come down to profit-based decisions by a private company. The VA health administration needs to continue to clean up the poor and insensitive management that has been in place for far too long and reform the system to where it works for all veterans in an uncomplicated, cost effective and satisfactory fashion.
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