Saturday, November 26, 2011

Veterans' Heatlh Care: SC Veterans Unhappy With Romney's Suggestion To Privatize VA Health Care

During a veterans’ roundtable in Mauldin on Veterans Day, Romney suggested giving servicemen and women the option of vouchers to receive private health care, according to the Associated Press.

“If you’re the government, they know there’s nowhere else you guys can go, you’re stuck,” Romney said. “Sometimes you wonder if there would be some way to introduce private sector competition, somebody else who could come in and say each solder has X thousand dollars attributed to them and then they can choose where they want to go in the government system or the private system with the money that follows them.”

"The VA is one of the best systems in America. It's the most cost effective system in America, it covers Veterans and it's specific for veterans,” Lacio said. “A lot of the care that veterans need, combat injuries or PTSD, are things that it takes a specialist to take care of and you're going to get a better care at a VA than you would get at just a generic doctor."

He also said he thinks it’s wrong to limit veterans’ care with a particular dollar amount, and that the government should follow through on its promise to take care of servicemen and women.

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