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house Bill H.R. 1066

Should the VA Have to Report to Congress on its Organizational Structure to Improve Care for Vets?

Argument in favor

It’s no secret that the mismanagement at the VA led to lengthy wait times for veterans seeking care, and in some cases delays led to their deaths. This bill forces the VA move forward with fixing its organizational structure so that doesn’t happen in the future.

Azrael's Opinion
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11/05/2017
I witnessed first hand the poor care given to my father They need to answer to more than congress
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Kathleen 's Opinion
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11/05/2017
I would say yes, until the the VA gets itself straightened out. I hope that they fire all employees that went doing their jobs, all the up to the top. These man and women deserves the best treatment we have. Anyone who is in serious condition and does not get in and dies the VA and employees should be held responsible. Also I hope if these vets need help and cannot get into the VA they our able to go to any hospital or doctor. It will take years to straighten the VA out and if we are able to trust our government keep the VA on top of things. In AZ the VA should request Volunteers to help out, many ppl would love to give up there free time for our vets. As I was reading your comments I do agree put someone needs to babysit them to make sure things get done. Our President loves the vets start calling your reps, even the Pres. Our the families of these vets start protesting.
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11/05/2017
John Katko. The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014; was an attempt to undo the VA in favor of vets entering into the private insurance-care scam that the rest of us are stuck in. IT FAILED. And hurt veterans. Here is a chance to do the right thing. Support this bipartisan legislation, to fix the the VA.
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Argument opposed

The VA’s organizational structure doesn’t need a makeover to avoid the mismanagement pitfalls of the past. The existing structure works fine, there’s just a need for more funding.

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11/05/2017
The VA is understaffed and underfunded. The VA reports directly to Congress. If you separate the two of them or fire their boss, changes could happen. But we are stuck in this loop of pointing a finger at the VA but there are three fingers pointing back at congress. Change Congress and you change the VA. It’s that simple. Nearly 40% of all staff at the VA are Veterans and we all take care of our own. The rest are there because they want to take care of these Veterans. Giving them bad equipment, low wages, inefficient software to run their programs and then blame them for not making it work is like punching someone in the face for having a broken nose. Don’t blame the people who work there, they are doing the best they can with what they have...and we don’t have much.
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11/05/2017
What the VA needs is proper funding to hire more doctors, nurses, mental health, and maintenance staff. It does not need more congressional oversight. Congress approved the funds to send troops into harm’s way but no funds to aid in supporting veterans afterward with disability pay 💰, health and mental health care. No they don’t need more government oversight just funds. If the funds would have been available the VA would not have had supervisors trying to make budget cuts to look good before congress in the first place. We need more facilities closer to where the Vets live not just in the big cities. Veterans come from all over America.
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11/05/2017
My remarks disappeared. VA is short staffed and currently focus seems to be trying to harass long time employees to hire newer people who are at a lower GS grade. We had a printer that was not working and was so old there were no replacement parts. There were specific programs geared towards Veterans problems such as PTSD, TBI, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy. Job training, helping with housing. They also work with different professional internship programs and worked with UCLA medical residents. Some departments are so short staffed that problems with long waits were due to this. What is needed is head of VA who is someone that understands what is needed and not a political choice. The president says VA is horrible but has he ever been to one? Most people I worked with were competent and dedicated. We were required yearly to have continuing education. And focus was on patient centered care.
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    I witnessed first hand the poor care given to my father They need to answer to more than congress
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    The VA is understaffed and underfunded. The VA reports directly to Congress. If you separate the two of them or fire their boss, changes could happen. But we are stuck in this loop of pointing a finger at the VA but there are three fingers pointing back at congress. Change Congress and you change the VA. It’s that simple. Nearly 40% of all staff at the VA are Veterans and we all take care of our own. The rest are there because they want to take care of these Veterans. Giving them bad equipment, low wages, inefficient software to run their programs and then blame them for not making it work is like punching someone in the face for having a broken nose. Don’t blame the people who work there, they are doing the best they can with what they have...and we don’t have much.
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    What the VA needs is proper funding to hire more doctors, nurses, mental health, and maintenance staff. It does not need more congressional oversight. Congress approved the funds to send troops into harm’s way but no funds to aid in supporting veterans afterward with disability pay 💰, health and mental health care. No they don’t need more government oversight just funds. If the funds would have been available the VA would not have had supervisors trying to make budget cuts to look good before congress in the first place. We need more facilities closer to where the Vets live not just in the big cities. Veterans come from all over America.
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    Change congress first.
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    My remarks disappeared. VA is short staffed and currently focus seems to be trying to harass long time employees to hire newer people who are at a lower GS grade. We had a printer that was not working and was so old there were no replacement parts. There were specific programs geared towards Veterans problems such as PTSD, TBI, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy. Job training, helping with housing. They also work with different professional internship programs and worked with UCLA medical residents. Some departments are so short staffed that problems with long waits were due to this. What is needed is head of VA who is someone that understands what is needed and not a political choice. The president says VA is horrible but has he ever been to one? Most people I worked with were competent and dedicated. We were required yearly to have continuing education. And focus was on patient centered care.
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    Absolutely not! As a Veteran, son of a Veteran, and a member of a family of Marines stretching back to WWI, I can honestly say neither I nor any of my family have ever received less than first class care. That’s a lot more than I can say about friends who have civilian health care. That’s also with the VA being, as so many have noted here, underfunded and understaffed. Why should we give Congress one more way to create smoke and mirrors to both to hide their lack of ability and their sweetheart deals with the special interest groups that stuff their bank accounts.
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    Congress needs to stop weighing the VA down with all these requirements. The VA is underfunded! That is the main problem! Congress needs to recognize that and actually start putting more money into the VA so that our veterans can get the care they deserve instead of trying to constantly undermine the organization with legislation like this that doesn’t get to the root of the problem.
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    The VA needs help with funding. My husband did not receive quality care at the VA but our Congress and current administration really do not care about the healthcare of our veterans and the more people involved- the more political it becomes and the healthcare suffers even more! Our first goal should be high quality healthcare for our veterans!
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    I would say yes, until the the VA gets itself straightened out. I hope that they fire all employees that went doing their jobs, all the up to the top. These man and women deserves the best treatment we have. Anyone who is in serious condition and does not get in and dies the VA and employees should be held responsible. Also I hope if these vets need help and cannot get into the VA they our able to go to any hospital or doctor. It will take years to straighten the VA out and if we are able to trust our government keep the VA on top of things. In AZ the VA should request Volunteers to help out, many ppl would love to give up there free time for our vets. As I was reading your comments I do agree put someone needs to babysit them to make sure things get done. Our President loves the vets start calling your reps, even the Pres. Our the families of these vets start protesting.
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    The VA is just now getting straightened out. Do you want CONGRESS to screw this up like everything else. Can you believe the house passed the bill 380 to 0 Maybe-the Senate will have more sense. If not I hope President Trump will carefully weigh the pros and CONS and not sign into law
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    Put more money into the system and it won't struggle to care for the patients. 500k over 4 years? Plus extra regulatuons to conform to? Not enough.
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    No. End the hiring freeze and fully staff the VA. Thousands of positions are not being filled. All so this congress can say look, it’s not working. How dare you. Fund the VA, don’t privatize it. Stop LYING about the VA.
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    They already report to Congress. The VA need better funding, more staff, more resources, to be able to dedicate time to really treat their patients.
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    Reduce spending on the military on weapons and vehicles and forward it to our soldiers in need of care.
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    Congress already has proven time and time again that they don’t care about anyone unless they’re directly affected. I’m a veteran and I have no issues with how the VA is ran. I just think they could use some more money and some fresh faces
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    John Katko. The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014; was an attempt to undo the VA in favor of vets entering into the private insurance-care scam that the rest of us are stuck in. IT FAILED. And hurt veterans. Here is a chance to do the right thing. Support this bipartisan legislation, to fix the the VA.
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    The cause is simple: we don’t resource the VA. That is Congress’s problem to fix.
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    The last thing the VA needs is to have to file more paperwork and send it to people (you, Brad Wenstrup), who will use it as political fodder without doing anything meaningful. The VA is UNDERSTAFFED and the VA is UNDERFUNDED. Those who work there are overworked and demoralized, yet they care deeply about our veterans. They don’t need to file more reports, they need more doctors and nurses, they need schedulers who are educated and professional, they need support people to get the work done.
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    The VA needs to be funded correctly and congress should quit screwing with it to destroy it. The va plays an important part. They know our Veterans issues. Ask Veterans groups what they need, involve them. Put Veterans on the boards and congress needs to quit screwing with it.
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    Adding more cooks in the kitchen always helps make things more efficient...said no one ever. It’s clear the GOP are not interested in the health of the American people anyway.
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