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Discussion: H.R. 3365, The Medicare VA Reimbursement Act of 2009 (1 comment ↓ | 3 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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Girth Brooks

August 7, 2009, 3:57pm (report abuse)

Any legislation affording veterans greater choice should be a good thing. But one must worry about downstream unintendeded consequences in our environment of limited resources and this administration's insistence, solely for the purpose of vote harvesting, on further diluting the distribution of those resources among citizens (and non-citizens) who've made none of the sacrifices and are far less deserving than our nation's veterans. Yet this administration is determined to create "universal healhcare" as another unaffordable entitlement program that will have to compete for resources with Medicare, Medicaid, Childrens Healthcare, Federal Employees Healthcare, Congressional Members Healthcare, and Veterans Healthcare. Any legislative umbilical and sharing of resources between Medicare and the VA will only make VA Healthcare vulnerable to elimination through absorption into another program, especially since veterans' votes are far less numerous than those of the users of other programs.

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