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Letter: Veterans’ care

June 24, 2014

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To the editor:

Veterans who risked their lives for us should not be on a waiting list. If the hospitals that were assigned to them cannot serve them, other hospitals should serve them at NO cost too.  A federal law should not have to be made to do this. It’s just common sense, God’s law and humanitarian to help another in need. The government does not have any common sense or do anything humanitarian unless it’s for another country, unfortunately.

Empty schools, fire stations and churches can be homes for the homeless veterans too while state social services can help them find jobs to pay for the utilities for these “free” buildings. As they get jobs, they can help pay for the utilities, and the United Way can help too. 

Comments

Scott Burkhart 8 months, 1 week ago

Well said, Mary Ann. The problem is we are the government and as the government gets larger, you will see more bureaucratic ineptitude. The VA is merely the tip of the iceberg. Large government means no accountability, fiscally or administratively. Large government only gets in the way of good people trying to do the right thing. These veterans should have a means to access a local hospital for medical treatment anytime it is necessary.

Leslie Swearingen 8 months, 1 week ago

Large government should mean that everyone gets equal treatment. States rights should only go so far. There are certain benefits that should be applied equally across the board based on whether or not the applicant meets criteria.

One reason medical costs are so high is because of the expensive insurance that doctors must carry because they can be sued by any patient for almost any reason. Doctors must ask for most tests and make more referrals to prove there was no malpractice.

Joshua Cain 8 months, 1 week ago

States rights can give the equal treatment that you rely on large government for. Take same sex marriage for example. The states have made their own decisions to protect the civil liberty of the citizens in the absence of federal protection. The more states that pass laws protecting same sex marriages the more likely the feds are going to follow suit.

I agree with your medical cost take. Definitely in need of some reform.

Bob Smith 8 months, 1 week ago

Every single VA manager that got a bonus by manipulating data needs to be fired and sent to jail.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 8 months, 1 week ago

Exactly!! Not only did they profit from these lies, but they hid the fact there wasn't resources to do what had to be done. The only people who would do such a thing are criminals. I hope they have a hard time sleeping at night.

Richard Heckler 8 months, 1 week ago

Vets should have the option of accessing any hospital or clinic with VA backing.

There are precedents for expanding Medicare to those under the normal eligibility age of 65. Starting in 1972, Congress opened up Medicare to all patients who otherwise met Medicare’s eligibility requirements and have chronic renal failure and other disabilities regardless of age.

In 2009, Sen. Max Baucus, almost on a whim, inserted a provision into the Affordable Care Act that made Medicare available to all of his constituents with pulmonary disease living in Libby, Montana.

Making every veteran eligible for Medicare would provide them with more choice of doctors, hospitals and other providers, and relieve some of the short- and long-term pressure on the VA for some routine, non-combat-related services, allowing the VA to focus more on those services only it can provide.

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/06/19/health/expand-medicare-to-serve-all-veterans/print/

http://www.pnhp.org/news/2014/june/expand-medicare-to-serve-all-veterans

Richard Heckler 8 months, 1 week ago

As I see it there is plenty of work for the VA to do on behalf of the nation's soldiers without getting caught up in everyday medical care. This way they can devote more time going after the DOD to get injuries classified as service connected for disability pay while the vets are receiving treatment.

Joshua Cain 8 months, 1 week ago

"Veterans who risked their lives for us should not be on a waiting list." - Mary Ann Kieffer

While I value the protection of the military I think you'd be hard pressed to find veterans that risked their lives for our country. I'd probably go back as far as WWII as the last time veterans risked their lives for America.

Most veteran lives have been risked for corrupt foreign policy rather than for us, to keep us safe, or for our freedoms which makes their loss of life, limb, and sound mind much more tragic.

I didn't volunteer for the armed services but my brother did and it's an ever present rage that is hard to keep under control knowing he almost died from an IED for weapons of mass destruction and the liberation of a populace that was better served by Saddam than our imposition of democracy that they can't seem to shoe horn into their minds.

Saddam was cruel and brutal but at least you knew what the rules were. Our government preferred Saddam in power just as it did with Gaddafi and Murbarak, and Noriega and....

Leslie Swearingen 8 months, 1 week ago

Great comment, Joshua, you are so right. It make me furious to think how we have been duped into sending our loved ones to die. Watch the movie Stop-Loss which addresses this in a way that will make you cry. We are really supposed to believe that if we do not continue to do this America will be attacked and eventually cease to exist. That is why survivalists are arming themselves. Fear is a powerful motivator.

Philipp Wannemaker 8 months, 1 week ago

Ms Kieffer, I will take exception to your statement "The government does not have any common sense or do anything humanitarian unless it’s for another country, unfortunately"..The government performs many humanitarian services in this country such as disaster relief, Medicaid and SS Disability services among many others. How much of your household income depends on the government, both State and Federal, and its functions?

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