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Veterans who served in the US military receive health care benefits that are administered by the Veterans Administration. Why not just provide veterans benefits through the now normal Affordable Care Law system? Why should their be a special set of benefits and cost schedules for veterans that is any different from the general population? For years we have heard that veterans have difficulty being serviced properly by the VA. Why not just have veterans get their services from the same system that the balance of the nation uses?

True is that veterans may experience specific medical problems resulting from the field of battle which may be best attended by medical specialists who have focused attention to those requirements. Yet, that doesn’t mean that those medical professionals should be employed by the VA or government entity.

To streamline government and to make the system more efficient, it seems that congress and the president should be considering diversifying and dismantling the VA with the intent of having veterans receive the same care from the same sources as everyone else.

President Obama inherited the VA mess, just as presidents before him. In this case, conservatives are correct in asking why do we need the VA when what is needed is care for veterans through the commercial healthcare system?

"He KNEW! Obama told of Veterans Affairs health care debacle as far back as 2008

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.President Barack Obama autographs a banner while visiting a wounded service member at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., June 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House. By Jim McElhatton-The Washington Times Sunday, May 18, 2014The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal.

Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting."

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/18/obama-warned-about-va-wait-time-problems-during-20/#ixzz32ICsUVmY

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