Closing Thought–09May17

Please use other means.

Veterans are always at the heart of every campaign and Trump was no different…….as usual lots of promises were made and now the vets are waiting for their delivery……

Trump’s new Sec of VA, Shulkin has a brand new idea on the best care for the nation’s veterans……close some of the facilities down……

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says his department is seeking to close perhaps more than 1,100 VA facilities nationwide as it develops plans to allow more veterans to receive medical care in the private sector.
At a House hearing Wednesday, Shulkin said the VA had identified more than 430 vacant buildings and 735 that he described as underutilized, costing the federal government $25 million a year. He said the VA would work with Congress in prioritizing buildings for closure and was considering whether to follow a process the Pentagon had used in recent decades to decide which of its underused military bases to shutter, known as Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC.
I am all in favor of saving the taxpayers money but not at the expense of the country’s many veterans.
We could say fight few conflicts and divert that savings to the VA….there are other places that we could cut and still not make the vets pay for the downsizing.
Time for me to go out and dance in the rain…..back tomorrow…be well, be safe….chuq
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6 thoughts on “Closing Thought–09May17

  1. Actually, chuq, I’ve been wondering about just this idea… the idea of a gradual turning over of VA health care to the private sector… or just calling it some sort of veteran’s health insurance. That might help to solve all the bureaucratic VA mess. A regulatory VA only might have it’s own huge problems. Like I said, I’ve just been wondering aloud about the concept. Each time I go to the local hospital I can’t help but wonder… my gawd…. all this VA infrastructure nationwide is just to cater to veterans? There’s gotta be a better way.

      1. Not questioning the care itself.. hell, they’ve treated me great and I’ve had melanoma surgery on my shoulder and cataract surgery. The people have all been great, yet you can “feel” something from them as it relates to saying the right things; likely effects passed down from those bureaucrats. There is also something else I’ve noticed… when I am in the various waiting rooms I am quite often the youngest in there. While I retain a mental capacity and being ambulatory I can still essentially “take charge” of my care by listening and understanding. A huge number of vets are just plain old and are loosing their faculties and that seems to be a problem when patients can’t speak up for themselves in monitoring their treatment. Hence mistakes in communication and subsequent treatment… and those horror stories of dying while waiting.

    1. The destruction of the VA is one of the iconic dreams of the Republicans. It has been for years. They create more patients for the VA with their endless wars and then they find excuses to cut funding for the VA so they can hype their privatization schemes. I can tell you one thing … The Government is going to have to pay private sector doctors for their services to Veterans a lot faster than they do now because they are desperately slow in paying now and many private doctors will not accept Veterans under the “Choice” program or are kicking them off the program and telling them to go find another doctor somewhere else. It happened to me recently. The Government is going to have to pay the private sector doctors faster and a lot more money than they are willing to pay them right now … or they can simply understand that if they are going to fill the VA up with more patients than the VA can handle, they are going to have to expand and refine the capabilities of the VA and while they are doing this they are going to have to pay their VA doctors better than they do now too.

      1. No question, John.. you are correct in that any idea involving some merging the VA to the public sector is going to require a whole new set of rules and likely mandates associated with expedited payments and physician requirements. If any conversion it’s going to have to take years.

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