News from Frank (VT) to consider:
“With this draft legislation, my goal is for veterans to have the ability to choose what health care plan best fits their individual needs,” McMorris Rodgers said in the statement. “This proposal should serve as the starting point for putting veterans in charge of their health care.” (LINK)
One good idea is to allow vets to buy into the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (Section 401). But this could just be a carrot because it plays into our fears (realistic or not). Why not just separate this provision as a standalone law?
Some of the ideas are radical and seem suspicious. For example, a proposal to create a VetChoice Care Program with an open enrollment period, linked to priority groups, premiums, premium supports, health savings accounts, and other complicated ideas.
Newspaper articles make these proposals sound good but hold on…
The DAV, responding to Sen. McCain’s criticism of VSOs about resistance to some non-VA care proposals gives one pause:
“What we are against is unrealistic proposals that promise unlimited choice, which in itself is unsustainable, and in reality could force millions of veterans to lose the option to use VA health care, which could ultimately shift the financial cost of care onto every veteran.”
I’d like to see analysis from the Veteran Service Organizations on this discussion draft. I would love to see an end of the dysfunctional, wasteful system veterans endure now but I think some of these privatization ideas are not in the best interest of veterans.