I will say this one more time.
I absolutely believe that if the VA begins handing out Vouchers in lieu of VA treatement...
(Which the 'Choice' program essentially does, but on a supposedly Temporary basis catch-up basis only, and only when VA Medical services were not timely available within a Veteran's locale---and that 'Choice' program has been a huge bureaucratic mess!)
...that will in fact be the beginning of the end of VA Clinics and Hospitals.
If you are ok with that, fine.
But don't think we can have both, because eventually Congress will stop funding the VA in favor of Privatization and Vouchers and soon the VA will be even more under-funded in a continuous downward death spiral...
And, Palin, last year, after Shinseki resigned---specifically endorsed PERMANENT Vouchers OUTSIDE THE VA System!
So, I am Not Railing against Palin!
I AM firmly against ANYONE who wants to overtly, covertly, or consequentially Dismantle the VA Hospital System!
It Needs To Be FIXED, Not Eliminated!
CAVman in WYoming