November 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton Proposes Exact Same VA Plan She’s Been Demonizing

When Hillary Clinton appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and said that the VA scandal was “not as widespread as it’s been made out to be,” her campaign went into full political attack mode.

To deflect from her own incorrect, offensive statement, Clinton added a line to her stump about stopping so-called “Republican plans” to privatize the VA:

Politico: Clinton shot back: “I will not let the Republicans use the problem as an excuse to privatize the VA.” (10/28/15)

CNN: Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Wednesday charged that Republicans were using comments Clinton made last week about the Department of Veterans Affairs to “push an ideological agenda to privatize the VA.” (10/28/15)

The New York Times: But, she added, “I am, however, concerned about Republican plans to privatize.” (11/10/15)

And yet today, Clinton announced she is proposing that veterans be allowed to use private health care providers:

Wall Street Journal: Hillary Clinton Proposes Veterans’ Agency Use Private Health Providers

This is the same as the bill submitted by veteran, former POW, and U.S. Senator John McCain.

Just before Congress leaves town for a month, Sen. John McCain introduced a bill Thursday that could increase the controversy over how to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs, proposing that all veterans be eligible to have private care paid for by their VA insurance.

Currently, veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility and those who face long wait times can apply to seek medical care in the private sector on their VA insurance. That was part of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, a three-year pilot program that McCain, R-Ariz., championed as a way to give veterans faster, more convenient access to health care and to make it easier to fire senior VA officials.

Clinton’s politicization of this issue is inexcusable. Our veterans deserve better than political gamesmanship, and they certainly deserve better than a would-be president who will say or do anything because it’s politically expedient.