NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
The VA medical facilities’ problems across the country, with at least 40 veterans’ deaths while they were waiting for medical care in Phoenix, continue to dominate the news.
The Republican congressional representatives are using this disaster to call for changes, yet they are the ones who refused to give more funds desperately needed by the VA. Forty-two of 45 Republican senators would not approve a recent bill introduced to give the VA more funding, and approval might have kept some of the problems from occurring.
It is unbelievable that there are many critics who now insist the VA medical facilities are adequately funded, and some say that unused funding has even been turned back to the government.
Reports show that close to 300,000 veterans will miss out on the Medicaid coverage in those states not expanding Medicaid. Most of these veterans also are not covered by the VA.
The Medicaid refusal has effects most people don’t realize. A study by a University of Kansas medical group shows that many people in Kansas not covered will forgo cancer screenings, tests and treatment, resulting in many early deaths, and some of these are veterans without medical support.
I am a disabled Korean War combat veteran, and I and all my comrades from our many foreign wars do not deserve a type of medical support resulting in death and suffering by so many veterans.
Those responsible for our many foreign wars and making so much profit on these should work for all veterans to get the medical support they deserve.
Yet, many critics of our present VA medical facilities will again push for privatization of VA medical support as they have in the past and will use this disaster to argue for privatization. This would allow them, their supporters and friends to gain financially — the only ones to gain.