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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    A decades long problem addressed finally? Well, actually I’d bet not, because that guy sitting in the chair has been waiting for Congress to support him, rather than giving VA what they actually need, instead of mandating spending in House budgets written by Republican dominated committees to spend on their supporters, not support for VA, or troops.

  2. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 1 year ago


    I’ve posted this to you before. Did you read them?

    House committee approves VA spending bill

    Full House approves VA and Defense budget bill with HIT interoperability requirement 416-1

    It’s on Harry Reid’s desk. Did you call him like I told you to?

  3. disgustedamerican

    disgustedamerican said, about 1 year ago

    26 VA institutions are under investigation.
    No Vet can come and see a Doctor until the system approves he qualifies for treatment, and until the appointment date arrives. Those records of appointment dates and waiting time were falsified for open records and the real waiting times were on hidden, secret lists. There have been 100 Vets who died due to the wait times, including cancer patients, and that isn’t the final count.
    Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland has proposed a bill for Veterans to be given Vouchers to pay for private healthcare treatment. Until the VA system can be reformed or replaced, that is a workable and helpful solution, IMO.
    Andy Harris is a doctor, and is ex-military so understands the problem of a Failed Bureaucracy.

  4. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    ^We had it, called “fee basis” if folks lived far enough from a VA facility, but Republicans and “W” took ’em away from us. Such a “single payer” system is good, and DOES work, and btw, actually reduces costs, if those costs are monitored and “middle men”, are removed from the process.

  5. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 12 months ago


    Ignoring the VA spending bills blocked by Republicans again, eh Church? Just google “VA spending bill”.
    By the way, the senate is passing (again) another VA spending bill that Republicans – in the name of “austerity” have repeatedly filibustered. Your darling Republicans are all about infinite money for wars and defense spending – not so much for taking care of our own.

  6. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, 12 months ago


    The House Bill is on Reid’s desk. It’s another increase, not a cut. In fact, VA spending is UP 92.2% over the last 10 years, and 33.5% since Obama took office.

    VA’s Spending Up 92.2% in One Decade

    [The VA’s Budget] has climbed 193% [ from 2000 to 2013], while the number of patients served by the VA each year went up just 68%, according to data from the VA. All while the number of eligible Veterans has declined by 4.3 million.

    VA Scandal Isn’t About Money

    You’re just another brain-dead lib that thinks throwing money at a problem fixes it.

    You also don’t seem to know how the Budget process works. The House sent the VA Budget to the Senate. Here it is. It’s a tough slog to read through, but I don’t see any pork. The Senate then revises it and sends it back to the House. The House and Senate then set up a joint committee to iron out the differences. Let’s see what kind of pork Reid wants to add to it. I’m sure he’ll add a poison pill that will make it impossible to pass, and then blame Republicans. Which you’ll faithfully eat up.

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