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house Bill H.R. 1133

Should the VA be Allowed to Provide Organ Transplants For Vets When the Living Donor is a Non-Veteran?

Argument in favor

Current law foolishly prohibits veterans from receiving an organ transplant from a non-veteran within the VA system. This bill puts an end to that, enabling veterans to get the organ transplants they need at the facility of their choice.

IllWill's Opinion
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11/06/2017
Why does this even need to be debated and why was this restriction in place anyway? Of course, veterans at the VA should be able to get an organ transplant from a non-veteran. The current law makes no sense.
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Donald's Opinion
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11/06/2017
I can’t believe such a law exists. We must provide any and all medical treatments for those who put their own lives on the line for our freedoms.
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OlderNWiser's Opinion
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11/06/2017
It seems we fell down Alice’s rabbit hole as every day gets curiouser and curiouser. Let history show this left coast progressive agreed with the Texas Republican on this bill. When did the lives of those who are not wealthy get so meaningless to lawmakers? Uh, yes, vets should have access to non-vet organs.
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Argument opposed

The VA healthcare system should only be available to veterans, and if a vet needs an organ transplant from a non-veteran they should have to do it without the VA’s support.

Jacqueline's Opinion
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11/07/2017
I am actually sad to say no to this, as I feel it would allow further privatization of the VA. I don’t trust any proposals such as this from the current admin. And I am a Veteran.
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Gary's Opinion
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11/07/2017
"At the facility of their choice," means they're trying to privatize the VA. Non-veteran donors? Awesone. Go for it. Privatize the VA? No thank you.
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John's Opinion
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11/07/2017
Sounds like privatization of the VA again.
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    Why does this even need to be debated and why was this restriction in place anyway? Of course, veterans at the VA should be able to get an organ transplant from a non-veteran. The current law makes no sense.
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    I am actually sad to say no to this, as I feel it would allow further privatization of the VA. I don’t trust any proposals such as this from the current admin. And I am a Veteran.
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    I can’t believe such a law exists. We must provide any and all medical treatments for those who put their own lives on the line for our freedoms.
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    It seems we fell down Alice’s rabbit hole as every day gets curiouser and curiouser. Let history show this left coast progressive agreed with the Texas Republican on this bill. When did the lives of those who are not wealthy get so meaningless to lawmakers? Uh, yes, vets should have access to non-vet organs.
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    Why is this even a bill? Veterans are also citizens of the United States. The VA was established to provide veterans with more acute care conveniently for veterans, paid for by citizens tax dollars. If a non-veteran wishes to donate to a veteran, there should be no reason that the VA cannot perform the surgeries. The ultimate goal and benefactor is the Veteran heroes.
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    Yes! But this is a weird question. Reworded: Should a Vet be allowed to receive an organ from a non-Vet? Or also worded: Should a non-Vet be allowed to donate to a Vet? Is this question really about cost? Should a donor pay their way to donate a organ? Hopefully, this bill will be clarified before the vote. Either way, my wife has accused me of being wrong. Can you believe that?
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    Absolutely! Veterans should not have to wait for transplants.
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    "At the facility of their choice," means they're trying to privatize the VA. Non-veteran donors? Awesone. Go for it. Privatize the VA? No thank you.
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    This is such a clear case of the “begging the question” rhetoric that I wonder what is hidden in this proposed, paltry, piece of legislation. Could it be a birthday present? It is Congressman’s Carter’s birthday today. Naa... that cannot be it. What would a wealthy, white, Republican congressman invested in ship building need, or care for that matter, about VA organ donation? If he needs an organ, he could just buy one on the black market and have it smuggled thru customs. Truth is, I cannot say as to what the true aim of the Victor Act is. And while I don’t agree with Congressman’s Carter hard right voting pattern, neither Carter’s background, nor this bill give any preliminary indication of being anything other than the proverbial black swan. Who knows? Maybe the Victor Act is Carter’s gift to the people. We could definitely use some generosity ... 👍👍 If this is the case....then thank you John. It is very much appreciated.
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    Why not? Are we becoming segregated between Veterans and non veterans. An organ doesn’t care who it is going into, it just wants to live and do its job. A friend of mine received an cornea transplant from a non vet and he was a veteran. He thanked the parents graciously for the gift of sight. This should never have been an issue to begin with.
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    This is embarrassing that we need to debate this. If the organ is a viable match, of course! Veteran status shouldn’t even factor in to it!
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    If a vet needs an organ transplant the vet should be able to get it the same way the rest of us do,
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    No-brainer.
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    Does any Veteran accept blood donation from a non-veteran? All during WW II, my parents donated blood—they weren’t Veterans. Get real!...for once.
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    If you perish and donate your organs, how the hell would you know it went to a vet anyway!
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    What?! This is a non-issue! An available organ is a precious gift no matter where it comes from, period.
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    This a no brainer. Why is it even a question?
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    Why do we even have to vote on this? The system never fails to disappoint me when it comes to the lack of enforced common sense.
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    We should all have UNIVERSAL FREE HEALTHCARE.
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    YES to giving veterans transplants from non-military donors! Thank you for addressing this.
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