DAV Pleased Senate Passes Compromise VA Bill

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DAV National Commander Joseph W. Johnston Statement on Senate Passage of the “Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014”


“DAV praises Chairman Bernie Sanders (VT) and Senator John McCain (AZ) for putting partisan politics aside to quickly pass bipartisan legislation in response to the current VA health care crisis. With last night’s near unanimous Senate vote, following House passage of similar legislation sponsored by Chairman Jeff Miller (FL), Ranking Member Mike Michaud (ME) and others, the Senate and House are in a position to rapidly reach agreement on compromise legislation that could lead to better access to medical care for the men and women who served. As Congress proceeds with these negotiations, it is important that they coordinate and consult with Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson, who has already implemented a series of emergency actions aimed at providing immediate access to health care for thousands of veterans waiting to receive such care.

“DAV will continue working with the Senate, House and VA to help fine tune, strengthen and coalesce around effective administrative, regulatory and legislative changes needed to address VA’s capacity and access problems. As the House and Senate go to conference to iron out their differences, it is imperative that the final compromise bill retain the strong care coordination provisions contained in the Senate bill in order to ensure the best health outcomes for all veterans receiving care paid for by VA, regardless of the provider of that care. Equally important, as Congress expands VA’s mandate to provide care through non-VA providers, Congress must ensure that it appropriates all the additional funding needed without taking away funding from VA’s hospitals and clinics that are already at or over capacity.”


  • Rupert

    Well it seems as time goes on, nothing in government ever changes for the good of the taxpayer. The Senate wanted to provide all the money we all know is needed, to the V.A. do they could do their job. Almost no one admits that the biggest problem with V.A. care for years has been they haven’t been appropriated nearly as much money as needed to care for those who risked their lives every day of their service.

    But the House had no real interest in spending the money needed for Veterans or other taxpayers either. They never do! All they want to do is farm V.A. money out to the private sector so their big donors like the Kochs & Chambers of Commerce can make even more corporate profits! Just as the House is trying to do with public schools, the Post Office, & any other public agency that actually benefits citizens without funding “for profits.”

    • Sean’O

      “Profits before Patriots” has been the Culture of Congress for a long time now, that is why we must encourage everyone we know, to vote-vote-vote in all elections, “All Politics Are Local” …

      • Rupert

        AMEN BROTHER!!

        We still need term limits too! Our “senior” senator in Kentucky has been disrupting the government for 30 years. And he has the Kochs, the Chambers of Commerce, etc. are backing him for 6 more.