Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Thune failures leave Hot Springs VA with little hope

The costs of the Republican sequester and keeping the Battle Mountain Veterans Administration facility open for about thirty residents have raised concerns that Hot Springs can’t be adapted to meet the VA’s criteria for continued use.

don Juan Thune and South Dakota’s teabagger congressional delegation are doing diddly squat to fund the Indian Health Service or the Veterans Administration working at cross-purposes with Republican Governor Daugaard. It's the same in Wyoming. But, it's not just red states holding up universal health care.

Until Democrats regain the US Senate nothing will change.
The South Dakota congressional outfit talks out of both sides of their mouths about the VA hospital in Hot Springs. The power of votes and money is in Rapid City where there are plans for a new VA hospital. Veterans deserve more respect. Quit using them as cannon fodder for the benefit of powerful corporations. [Marvin Kammerer]
But you know what?

I like the idea of rolling the funding for Tricare, Medicare, the IHS and the VA together then offering Medicaid for all by increasing the estate tax, raising taxes on tobacco and adopting a carbon tax. Reproductive freedoms should be included unconditionally just like the military does under Tricare.

Public comment is being accepted until February 5th.

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