As we celebrate Memorial Day, a fitting tribute to the men and women who
have worn our nation’s uniform would be to put our conservative values
to work to ensure that they receive the finest health care possible.
the last few weeks, we have seen what many veterans have known for
years -- that the government-run veterans health care system is plagued
with delays, rationing, and poor care.
Unfortunately, the VA health care system is a microcosm of what we’re
going to see as Obamacare takes hold -- bureaucrats hiding failure,
patients being denied care, and our neighbors suffering as they wait for
the government to provide them with the care they deserve.
The big spenders in Congress will react to the VA tragedy the way they
react to every tragedy. They will spend more money. But we know this
isn’t the solution. If it were, the DC school system would be the envy
of the world and healthcare.gov would be the most effective website on the Internet.
Put simply, increasing spending is just whitewash for lawmakers who aren't willing to implement real reforms.
Our veterans deserve a health care system that measures up to the
sacrifice they made for our country. Specifically, they deserve access
to private health care providers outside of a government-run system. And
they should not be forced to travel long distances to see a doctor.
Col. Rob Maness (R-LA) -- the SCF-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate in Louisiana -- has outlined a "Freedom Plan for Veterans" that would implement many of these important reforms.
But unless Americans demand changes, Congress won't make them.
In the next few months, the Senate could consider a VA funding bill that
will likely throw more money at the problem. Some courageous
conservatives may insist on making real reforms, but they will be
relentlessly attacked. Liberals will say they don't care about our
Freedom-loving Americans need to stand with conservatives in
demanding that Congress free our veterans from a failing government
health care system so our veterans get the care they deserve.
We also need to insist on
the full repeal of Obamacare, which is forcing a failed, government-run
health care system on all Americans.
The VA is just another example of Washington-centric approaches letting
us down. It’s one of the many reasons that SCF fights for conservative
values in Washington and for conservative lawmakers on the campaign
This Memorial Day, we hope you will join us in praying for those who
defend our nation and in fighting to honor them with real solutions in
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