Our broken Veterans Administration is responsible for the pandemic of Veteran suicides, and there’s an easy fix … give Veterans no copay Medicare, rolling the drug negotiating powers the VA has that Medicare mysteriously doesn’t have into Medicare.
Veterans hospitals are placed in major metropolitan areas, which adds more of the latest and greatest diagnostic equipment to communities that already have an abundance of equipment. Meanwhile, smaller communities get by with what they have.
If the VA was rolled into Medicare, small community hospitals would have greater incomes, incomes that would evenly distribute the latest and greatest diagnostic equipment, benefiting everyone. The increased incomes for small community hospitals would also evenly distribute medical talent and experience, as bigger salaries would be affordable.
Our Vet’s deserve to survive being discharged. Our Vet’s deserve care in their own communities that doesn’t isolate them from friends and family when they need them most. Our Vet’s deserve care that is absent a military agenda; this has been clear for decades.
Giving our Vet’s what they need – Medicare – would save our tax dollars, and save our souls. We’ve slipped into unprecedented darkness in allowing our Vets to endure unemployment, homelessness, helplessness and despair that leads to nearly one suicide every hour of every day – 24/7/365, year after year.
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