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The Veterans Health Administration is the Best Healthcare Anywhere!

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One example of a benefit of My HealtheVet is that for an aging veteran with dementia, he can have one of his trusted children keep up with his medical records. She can make sure that her father takes the red pill in the morning and the blue pill at night.

The future of My HealtheVet is limited only by one's imagination. VHA has some damned good people with lots of imagination, too.

Save the Veterans Health Administration from privatization

Corrupt politicians, for-profit private healthcare businesses, peddlers of information technology companies, Wall Street financial institutions, pharmaceutical corporations, phony "non-profit" foundations, and the corporate mainstream media are conspiring to privatize the VHA.

The Koch brothers' phony "Concerned Veterans of America" and the other privateers say that they just want to give veterans a choice. It is a lie. They want to get a rake of the $200 billion public budget for VHA. They have done the same with other government functions such as public education, transportation, infrastructure projects, prisons, and even military mercenaries such as Blackwater.

The neoliberal economic policies of capitalism have proven over and over that they are failures. Capitalism is an unstable corrupt economic system. Neoliberalism has destroyed nations and in the process it has ruined the lives of millions of people. The only ones who have benefited from neoliberalism have been the profiteers. As they got richer, the rest of humanity has gotten poorer. The 18th century capitalist experiment of Adam Smith has degenerated into neo-feudalism.

Socialism has proven over and over again that it is the best system for delivering the necessities of life such as healthcare, education, mass transportation, food security and vital infrastructure. The success of socialism is why capitalist USA is always militarily attacking socialist countries. The success of socialism is seen as an existential threat to capitalists.

The countries that have strong government social programs for human development rank at the top of the UN Human Development Index. Those countries that are destroying their government social programs keep falling further behind. The US now ranks at 24th of the developed countries. The trend is going further down.

The VHA has proven that it is the best healthcare model. Socialized insurance programs such as Medicare in the US and Canada have proven that they are a good second-choice solution to the healthcare crisis. The worst possible healthcare is for-profit insurance-based healthcare. Neoliberals, capitalists and profiteers keep pushing the worst profit-driven healthcare system because they are greedy.

Veterans Healthcare for all

It is not VHA's fault that many veterans are denied benefits or that it takes too long to process claims to qualify for veterans' benefits. Congress and the President deserve all the blame since they control access to VHA. They are stingy because they still consider VHA benefits a handout.

The priority ranking and the benefit claims system should be eliminated. All veterans should automatically have lifetime access to the VHA as soon as they are discharged from active military service. All copays should be eliminated. Only Congress and the President have the power to grant and fund expanding VHA benefits.

The privatization of healthcare is all about profits and ripping off the public. It has nothing to do with the quality of care, the medical outcomes, the wait-time, information technology and cost. VHA proves that socialized medicine beats the private healthcare platform in every category.

Expanding the VHA to cover all veterans and their families would help in tackling the healthcare crisis in the US. Healthcare coverage like VHA should be considered a human right for everybody.


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