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senate Bill S. 2372

VA MISSION Act: Establishing the VA Community Care Program & Modernizing VA Infrastructure

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill would streamline the VA’s duplicative community care programs into one, ensuring veterans are able to access non-VA care in their communities when VA care would be deficient in quality or timeliness.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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05/14/2018
Sadly, once again, my Representative STEVE COHEN (D) , TENNESSEE 9th Congressional District voted NAY on this bill: VA MISSION ACT. DEMOCRATIC TO THE CORE. 🤬🤬🤬
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Matthew's Opinion
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05/16/2018
Take care of those we asked to fight pointless wars.
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Tooluser1's Opinion
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05/16/2018
The VA is *always* deficient in quality and timeliness. That is the definition of government healthcare.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t be trying to make subsidized care at non-VA facilities more accessible for veterans, even if it’s because comparable VA care would be deficient in quality or timeliness. It should only focus on making the VA better.

IllWill's Opinion
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05/16/2018
Some parts of this bill appear to be designed to introduce creeping privatization of the VA. The real problem at the VA is the lack of funding! Maybe if our representatives stopped allocating so much money for war, they could allocate more money for taking care of the veterans who fought in those wars.
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Olivier's Opinion
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05/16/2018
We should not be privitizing heathcare. The VA needs more funding in general.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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05/16/2018
The government is responsible for the veterans because the government sent them to war. Privatization of the care for our veterans is reprehensible. The government must live up to its responsibly. If they don’t want to live up to their responsibility then STOP CREATING WARS.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedJune 6th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed May 16th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 347 Yea / 70 Nay
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The senate Passed March 1st, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 5th, 2018

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    Long overdue.
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    Sense my combat injury I’ve spent more time in military and VA facilities then the vast majority of soldiers. I’ve gone through the processes, had dozens of procedures, and been to many military and civilian facilities. The stuff spelled out at the top of this bill already exists, or isn’t necessary. It’s needlessly redundant. However, I would support program evaluation and analysis. The system isn’t perfect, and could benefit from proper evaluation.
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    Veterans need our help. Their mental & physical health care need reformed from the bottom up. Anything we can do to help those who have sacrificed to keep us free is totally acceptable. End of story.
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    The VA should focus on the purpose for which it was established: ensuring the care for military members and families, veterans in particular. If that care can be properly provided by the VA infrastructure and resources that is a good thing. If it cannot, then the care should still be provided other ways, and this bill is a proper step in that direction. NOTE: universal healthcare would render this bill, and the VA, moot.
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    Take care of our veterans.
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    We need to stop siphoning money away from the VA and make it better. This is a transparent attempt to privatize Veterans health care for the financial benefit of the friends of the politicians who are putting it forth. Please vote no on this.
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    In 99% of cases, a veteran must make an appointment with their physician and that takes at least 30 days. If a veteran is ill and needs to see a doctor right away, their only alternative is to run to a VA facility's emergency room and sit around sick until seen. And that is a problem for veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA emergency room, THEN that veteran must get an approval from the VA to USE a doctor outside of the VA unless they have other insurance such as Medicare and are willing to pay any out-of-pocket for which they are responsible. This bill would be helpful in reducing these issues.
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    Yes. 3 billion and we have very little to show.
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    The Governement should not privatise the VA, fully fund the VA
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    Being a disabled Veteran, I appreciate and support this bill, I could only see my provider once a year and my VA had no womens care or pain management and I only seen my specialist once a year, It looked like cattle going in to see docs every 15 min. We had the minimal amount of care, veterans were so depressed, civilians that took me to thr VA would leave heart broken at what they seen. Welfare recipiants had better care. I fully vote for this bill and appreciate it passing, I WANT TO KNOW WHO THE 70 ARE THAT APPOSED THIS BILL. We were promised to be taken care of if we were hurt and we deserve at the least better facilities.
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    Looks and reads like a scam to privatize the VA like prisons..that means corporate money..do not be fooled
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    This is just another attempt to destroy all federal government. Please don’t continue to Trump pander.
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    Another bill to dismantle and privatize the VA by the repulsive Republicans. You do realize that privatizing means profiting. Republicans want to profit off of our Veterans healthcare. Disgusting!
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    Veterans deserve the best care.
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    It is a veiled move to privatize the VA. Just say Zn
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    The VA just isn't working well in it's present form and it is to big to be fixed by anyone. Just give us, the veterans vouchers and let us pick our doctors and who we will entrust our health care to and who we have faith in.
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    This is a privatization bill - with big biz lined up to cash in and lined pockets of GOP . Prioritize getting strong leadership onboard to continue the current reorg/ improvement efforts. Properly fund VA and stop paying lip service. There are excellent important reasons to have vet-centric care. This does not actually put vets firsts.
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    No privatization
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    Just say NO to the privatization of the VA of any kind.
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    It should not be privatized
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