President Donald Trump signed into law Wednesday the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Network (MISSION) Act, including multiple provisions introduced by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Jim Wingerter, a former Marine who spent time in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, said easier access to health care for veterans is important. "Our veterans deserve to know that our nation will support them when they return from the frontlines, and that's what this bill is all about".
THE FACTS: The care provided under the Choice private-sector program is not as immediate as Trump suggests, nor does it always work out much better. Access to health care will be greatly expanded thanks to a bipartisan bill signed by President Trump.
TRUMP: "My administration has also taken action to ensure veterans can seamlessly transition their medical records from the Department of Defense into the VA. ..." "The decision of where you get your care will be, as it should be, between you, your doctor and the VA", he said.
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"All during the campaign I'd go out and say, 'Why can't they just go see a doctor instead of standing in line for weeks and weeks and weeks?' Now they can go see a doctor".
"In every generation there have been heroes like them, patriots who answer the call to serve, who do whatever it takes, wherever and whenever we need them to defend America", the President said.
The sweeping $51 billion plan, which would also expand a VA caregivers program to cover families of veterans of all eras, cleared the Senate on a 92-5 vote last month. Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota, the House Veterans' Affairs Committee's ranking Democrat, described a "stark picture of a VA forced to cannibalize itself in order to pay for private care", with potential funding cuts to investments in buildings, direct patient care, suicide prevention, medical research and job training.
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"If we implement this bill as Congress has written it, this legislation will be transformational to the VA", Roe, R-1st, of Johnson City, said.
More than a dozen federal unions wrote a letter to lawmakers saying that the bill "gives the VA secretary the authority to privatize and dismantle broad swaths of the VA health care system" and "assures that once care and services leave the VA they will not return". Currently, more than 30 percent of VA appointments are in the private sector. Supporters of the change, like Haynes, say for many that will mean less travel to get their care. He said that consolidating the multiple private care programs that exist now should control the new bill's costs.
The legislation would create a presidentially appointed commission to review the closure of underperforming VA facilities.
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The White House contends that there is plenty of money already dedicated to Veterans Affairs.