President Trump signed a new bill Wednesday aimed at increasing access to healthcare and expanding choices for Veterans across the United States; clearing the path for America's service members to receive services from the private sector. "Creditors are calling them, they want their money".
Upper Peninsula 1st District Represenative Jack Bergman was present for Trumps press conference on the bill today and has released this statement.
The legislation's biggest costs, though, will come in new doctor's appointments outside the VA system, which now sends roughly a third of veterans to private doctors. "We still have work to do to support and improve VA, but this bill is an important step forward to provide for our veterans and the people who care for them".
The clash over spending for the VA health bill illustrates an ongoing tension between bipartisan deal-making in the Senate, where support from the minority party is necessary on spending bills, and the unwavering conservative opposition to new spending embodied by the Freedom Caucus in the House and now adopted by the White House.
The Mission Act was rooted in Congressional efforts to improve veterans' services prompted more than four years ago when a whistleblower revealed a common practice of falsely reporting dates to make it appear as if services were provided in a much shorter period than what actually occurred, Roe recalled. "The decision of where you get your care will be, as it should be, between you, your doctor and the VA", he said.
"Why aren't (veterans) going outside (the VA) to see a doctor and take care of themselves, and we pay the bill", Trump asked at the bill-signing ceremony.
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TRUMP: "In the campaign, I also promised that we would fight for Veterans Choice". 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.
Jack Wingerter thinks the United States has always been one of the worst countries in many areas of health care, specifically citing availability for senior citizens and veterans, but he feels there may be some light at the end of the tunnel.
The bill's passage into law is a part of Congress' efforts to do right by the nation's veterans, according to Isakson, the Senate bill sponsor.
As the term for that act neared its end, the Veterans Affair Committee began work on taking the improvement process further.
The legislation would create a presidentially appointed commission to review the closure of underperforming VA facilities. The reforms will be bolstered by $5.2 billion in federal funding to prevent interruption of access to needed care for the nation's military veterans.