Letter: Work To Rebuild VA, Health Care System

If you believe that Medicare for all is the solution to ensure that every American has access to affordable, high-quality health care, I can point you to another government-run health-care system that will paint another picture. That system is the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a military veteran myself, I have personally endured the long wait times and the bureaucratic red tape that came with trying to access the benefits I earned serving our county, and that I needed because of my service. I have heard this story over and over from my fellow veterans and know that this problem is widespread.  

If our nation cannot keep a promise and provide access to timely and high-quality health care for the men and women who fought for our freedom, it seems unreasonable to believe that the government will be able to do so for every American.  

While our health-care system isn’t perfect, throwing out the whole system and starting over is not the answer. We need to focus on building on the successful foundations we have in place, promoting public and private markets working together and increasing choices and competition to drive down costs.

When the VA was denying me treatment I need as a result of my service, I was thankful that I had access to great employer-provided insurance. That may not be an option for the more than 180 million Americans who are currently covered by employer-sponsored insurance if Medicare for all is pursued. To me, that just doesn’t make sense.

If we are serious about fixing our health-care system, we need serious solutions. Medicare-for-all-style proposals are not the answer.

James Bernholtz, Grove City

 

Source : https://www.dispatch.com/opinion/20190322/letter-work-to-rebuild-va-health-care-system

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