Sunday, May 27, 2018
 
 
Company News: Page (1) of 1 - 05/16/18 Email this story to a friend. email article Print this page (Article printing at MyDmn.com).print page facebook
VA Mission Act 'Imperils' the Future of Veterans' Health Care
Union calls legislation 'a broken promise to our nation's veterans'
(May 16, 2018)

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 2372 the VA Mission Act opening the door to the privatization of the country's largest health care system.

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees from Winston-Salem, N.C., protest proposals that would harm veterans' care.

In response to the vote, and the future of the VA, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement:



"The VA Mission Act is a horrendous piece of legislation that will set the only health care system tailored to veterans on a path of total privatization. It's a broken promise to our nation's veterans and imperils the future of their health care.

"We elected our members of Congress to protect veterans, but S. 2372 is an abdication of that responsibility. Instead of deciding how to improve VA hospitals and medical centers, Congress is passing the buck. Now, an unaccountable, private, corporate-style commission will have the power to decide which facilities to close, which to repair, and which to build.

"We already know that 92 percent of veterans want to see the VA invested in, 80 percent don't want vouchers, and only 13 percent of private providers are even capable of treating veterans. The VA Mission Act blows past those facts to push veterans out in to the unaccountable private, for-profit system and it's clear why money.

"For years, special interest groups have tried to dismantle the VA so they could make a buck off the backs of veterans, and now they're closer than ever. It's a disgrace, and we must stop them from pushing veterans out of the health care system they want and need to stand in longer lines at underqualified private providers.

"We as a country made a solemn promise to the men and women who signed up to serve our country. And despite what Congress seems to think, it was not to force veterans into for-profit, walk-in clinics. It was to provide a comprehensive health care system created for their unique needs.

"The VA needs help, there is no doubt about that. To date, there are: more than 49,000 unfilled positions nationwide, a fraudulent Choice program that is robbing taxpayers of millions of dollars, and a serious leadership void at the second largest agency in the country. But instead of focusing on any of these priorities which will result in veterans receiving their care faster and without creditors hounding them Congress has put forth a plan that takes a monumental step toward privatization.

"After President Trump fired then-Secretary David Shulkin, Dr. Shulkin wrote about warring factions within the administration attempting to privatize the VA. Now we can see pro-privatizers are winning that war with the VA Mission Act one step closer to becoming law.

"We are calling on our members and concerned citizens of the community to call their members of Congress and tell them to vote 'NO' on S. 2372, and hope those in Congress who support veterans will step up before it's too late."

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia, including 250,000 at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

For the latest AFGE news and information, visit the AFGE Media Center. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

AFGE logo. (PRNewsFoto/American Federation of Government Employees)

Cision View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/va-mission-act-imperils-the-future-of-veterans-health-care-300649983.html

SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees

Copyright 2014 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved


Page: 1


Related Keywords:USA,Science,Medical,Men,Women,
Related Sites: DMN Newswire ,   HTN - Health Technology Net
Related Newsletter: Tutorial Finder ,   Review Seeker ,   DMN Newswire Newsletter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seniors

Drugs
  • Bellevue Asset Management AG: Bellevue launches dedicated digital health fund
  • Global Chromatography Reagents Market Analysis, Growth, Trends & Forecast 2018-2023, With The Market Forecasted to Register a CAGR of More Than 7% - ResearchAndMarkets.com
  • Life Science Reagents Market to exceed US$ 67.0 Bn by 2026, Says TMR
  • Study on Poor Oral Hygiene Habits of Aging Population Underlines the Importance of Outstanding Dental Care, says Premier Care Dental Group
  • Blood Gas and Electrolyte Analyzer Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2017 - 2023

    Cancer
  • Genmab Announces that Janssen Will Stop Studies of Daratumumab in Combination with Anti-PD-(L)1
  • NASP Applauds Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Reduce Drug Costs and Support Access for Seniors with Life-Threatening Specialized Conditions
  • Celgene Corporation Announces Additional $3 Billion Share Repurchase Authorization and Plans to Execute a $2 Billion Accelerated Share Repurchase Program
  • Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association joins the growing enTouch network in New Jersey
  • Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. Announces Reverse Stock Split
  •  
     
     
     
     
     





    Our Privacy Policy --- About The Health Technology - Contact Us - Advertise With Us - Privacy Guidelines