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house Bill H.R. 2372

Should Veterans be Eligible for Premium Assistance Tax Credits If They’re Not Enrolled in VA Healthcare?

Argument in favor

In light of the issues at the VA, veterans should be able to get healthcare from other sources and be eligible for tax credits if they’d rather buy private insurance.

Orlie's Opinion
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06/15/2017
It is incumbent upon us to to take care of our veterans. It is the least we can do for those who give the most.
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Brian's Opinion
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06/15/2017
To those that say we should just fix the VA? What if I'm already paying money for my health insurance through work? If I rate VA healthcare but don't use it because my work coverage that I'm basically forced to pay for is so much better, why not reimburse me for the benefits I'm not using?
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Loraki's Opinion
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08/11/2017
H.R.2372 - VETERAN Act 06/15/2017 Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by voice vote. Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now Act or the VETERAN Act (Sec. 2) This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to specify that, for the purpose of determining eligibility for the premium assistance tax credit, an individual may not be treated as eligible for coverage under certain Department of Veterans Affairs health insurance programs unless the individual is enrolled in the program. The bill applies to the premium assistance credit under current law for tax years ending after 2013 and, if the American Health Care Act of 2017 is enacted, the modified premium assistance credit that would take effect under that bill after 2019. (Under current law, the premium assistance tax credit is a refundable tax credit provided to eligible individuals and families to subsidize the purchase of health insurance plans through an exchange established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Individuals eligible for minimum essential health coverage from certain sources other than the individual insurance market are not eligible for the credit.) Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3] Cosponsors: Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]* Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25]* Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5]* Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6]* Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12]* Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large]* Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3]* Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24]* Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8]* Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2]* Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36] Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] Rep. Rooney, Francis [R-FL-19] Rep. Faso, John J. [R-NY-19] Rep. Woodall, Rob [R-GA-7] Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] Rep. Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [R-NY-11] Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3] Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2] Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2] Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26] Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] Rep. Nunes, Devin [R-CA-22] Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] Rep. Westerman, Bruce [R-AR-4] Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12] Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1] Rep. Issa, Darrell E. [R-CA-49] Rep. Denham, Jeff [R-CA-10] Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16] Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12] Rep. Bergman, Jack [R-MI-1]
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Argument opposed

A technical fix to the American Health Care Act isn’t a good enough solution for improving care and coverage for America’s veterans.

Jlshannon's Opinion
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06/14/2017
First, stop with these counterproductive stopgap measures. Really focus on fixing the VA as part of our promise to those who risk their lives to protect our country and fight our wars, as well as a host of other duties here and around the world. Stop using them as playthings and political props. Second, drop this obscene abomination called the AHCA, since its only real purpose is to create a foundation for greater tax cuts for the already wealthy (with a snide swipe at the Obama presidency thrown in for good measure -- there are no actual health care or coverage benefits foreseen in the House travesty or what we've 'accidentally' seen from the Senate's secretive plotting). Third, work across the aisle, with health care experts, doctors, patients, civil society groups and others here and internationally to fix what's wrong with the already existing ACA. Fourth, stop trying to sabotage the ACA while all this goes on. You're actually playing with people's lives!
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Paul's Opinion
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06/15/2017
This measure feels like putting a bandaid on an ax wound. Instead of patching up the veteran healthcare, we should fix the VA system (and healthcare in general) outright.
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wicked-italian's Opinion
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06/13/2017
Good idea in theory, but scratch the surface and you'll find this bill masquerades as beneficial to veterans while failing to address underlying flaws in the Republican health care bill that harm veterans and thousands of others through loss of coverage and higher costs.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed June 15th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMay 4th, 2017

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    Here is a thought - dump the VA all together and let our veterans use the doctor and hospital of their choice and oh by the way - find a way to pay for it just like we do VA benefits. They deserve the best care available not the crap they get through the VA. Christ people on welfare get better healthcare. Figure it politicians and start earning your salary with fixing real problems not trying to bring down President Trump. He's not going anywhere....
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    They already have a healthcare plan provided for them that is better than What is offered in the exchanges. We actually all need single payer, Medicare for All. Stop trying to single out just certain groups who deserve better care, we all need it.
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    We need to do more to protect our veterans and get them access to much needed care. If this helps, we should do it.
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    I would say vote for this if it offered any REAL benefits to veterans, but it doesn't. This makes it look like Congress is helping our veterans without actually giving them anything useful. Hold out for REAL reform.
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    yes
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    Veterans should be able to have more power over their own healthcare.
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    Offering this option cannot and should not preclude efforts to improve the V.A. system Mleanwhile, let's meet our pledge to them and give them another option now!
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    Vets for whom traveling to VAs is prohibitively far, or who have gotten sub par treatment at a VA deserve options
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    Give Vets an option while we fix the VA system. Yes this is not a cure-all, but it will take a long time to fix the VA health system and our Vets need help now.
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    Unless there are vast improvements to the VA system I believe that this might be the best option for our veterans to get all the help that they need
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    First of all, if you are not a veteran then you shouldn't be telling our representatives what you think is best for those who served. Go sit in the corner and color while the grown ups talk. This bill would be perfect for veterans who receive 0% disability (which basically means there is something wrong with you but you won't get benefits for it). Or, rather than receive the sometimes sub standard care from the VA, you can take the tax credit and stay with the healthcare you prefer. It is an additional option for veterans, not a mandate.
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    But why not just give our vets an insurance card and let them see whoever they choose. They earned it!
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    The VA needs to be fixed, but even while and after a fix veterans should have a choice.
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    As broken as the V.A. is, wouldn't it be better for the Veterans?
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    This bill is sponsored by a republican. Therefore, in my opinion it is not good for the American people, nor for any common, non-wealthy citizen.
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    Drop Trumpcare. Stop menacing Obamacare. Impeach the treasonous Trumpreich and render those in the GOP complicit with the foul scum of his agenda into pariahs beyond redemption.
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    It's a not a necessity but it'd be nice
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    Our Veterans should have any and all assistants as possible. Their love of country should be reciprocal from citizens.
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    They'd be eligible for the credits if they weren't veterans, right? Why penalize them for serving our country?
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    This seems like a road to privatizing the va.
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