Given the coming assault on health care in general — Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid — and the Veterans Health Administration in particular, please view the following videos done by the Disabled American Veterans. Please click, and then share. We need to make stuff like this go viral. It’s brilliant!! They include the misguided proposals and then suggest workable proposals that would strengthen, improve, and reform the VHA not dismantle it.
Setting the Record Straight on VA Health Care Reform: Privatizing the VA
Setting the Record Straight on VA Health Care Reform, Centers of Excellence
Setting the Record Straight on VA Health Care Reform, Treating only Service Related Injuries
Setting the Record Straight on VA Health Care Reform, Let the Money Follow the Veteran
Setting the Record Straight on VA Health Care Reform: Turning VA into an Insurance Provider
Here is another important post from Beyond Chron.
When thousands of health care professionals at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) greet their patients every day at more than 1200 facilities around the country, the first thing they say is: “thank you for your service.” Their own dedicated service to 9 million veterans is equally worthy of gratitude–and most of those benefiting from it freely express theirs as well.
Unfortunately, President-elect Trump, who never served in the military, doesn’t feel the same way about the care provided by the VHA’s 300,000 employees or show similar respect to their patients. In his recent campaign, Trump said mentally ill veterans for weren’t strong and “can’t handle it”(not to mention calling former Navy pilot John McCain a “loser” for being shot down in combat, badly injured, captured and then abused as a prisoner of war).
Trump also favors privatization of VHA services across-the-board. Congressional Republicans will now have an Oval office champion for their efforts not only to repeal “Obamacare,” but to begin the process of dismantling the VHA. READ MORE
Based on this election, here is a new post from the American Prospect
Tapped: The Prospect Group Blog
On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump repeated one key promise: to “Make America Great Again” by increasing the country’s military might and supporting its 24 million military veterans. After all, he promised to raise money for veterans and said he donated a million dollars out of his own pocket to veterans’ charities.
But Trump showed his true colors long before Election Day. He finally wrote a personal check to one veteran’s group but only after four months when reporters shamed him into doing so. Trump dissed mentally ill veterans for being weak. Most famously, he called Senator John McCain, who was a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War, a “loser” after being shot down in combat, badly injured, captured, and then abused as a prisoner of war. Nevertheless, many veterans voted for Trump by a large margin.
That’s no great start for “veterans affairs.” But the mistreatment of vets could go from rhetorical to … Continue reading
Just did this CSPAN interview for Veterans Day, please watch and comment.
Some highlights. VHA care is better than private sector. Veterans who seek care in the VHA have fewer suicides, better mental health care, better outpatient care.
Privatization is not the way to go.
Judy Lasker has written a great book for our book series at Cornell University Press entitled Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering
Judy posted this on the GANM blog.
Hoping to Help: Improving Short-Term Medical Missions
July 5, 2016 Judith N. Lasker, Ph.D. NEH Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA
Nurse midwives and their students are among the hundreds of thousands of people from wealthy parts of the world who travel abroad every year to participate in short-term programs intended to improve the health and well-being of people in poor countries. Considering the horrific toll of maternal and infant mortality in so many countries, the potential for improving health and quality of life draws students and professionals who want to alleviate suffering as well as learn about the world.
Short-term medical missions (STMMs) have been praised for the dedication of volunteers and their valuable impact in poor communities. At the same time, these trips have increasingly been subject to severe criticism for promoting ‘drive-by humanitarianism’ and as a new … Continue reading