Support the Troops
WASHINGTON — Republicans on Tuesday defeated a Democratic effort to provide almost $2 billion in additional healthcare funding for veterans, rejecting claims that Veterans Affairs hospitals were in crisis. The proposal was part of an $80.6-billion emergency spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other military costs. The bill is slightly less than the $82 billion President Bush sought and the $81.4 billion approved by the House.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) proposed providing $1.98 billion in additionl funding for veterans' care. She said VA hospitals were underfunded and overcrowded. "There's a train wreck coming," Murray warned. Republicans denied that the VA facilities had such serious problems. They noted that the Bush administration had said the additional funding wasn't needed and that it had enough money to cope with emergencies.
Funding is not needed? Tell that to a vet.
This is a system in need of reform no doubt but the reform should be in the nature of more doctors and health care services, so it doesn't take 6 months or longer to get an appointment. When David Cline our national president spoke so eloquently at a recent council hearing about learning that a referral to a podiatrist supposedly on another floor at the First Ave. VA hospital was actually now relocated to the Brooklyn VA Hospital. My question was why shouldn't both facilities have podiatry clinics at a minimum. That sounds reasonable to me. Why should Dave and other vets have to travel to Brooklyn ? Especially, when they are already in a VA facility right here in Manhattan .