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FormerOstrich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 06:22 AM
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This can't be right......(grrrrr)
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:wtf: I can just hear the onslaught of * fans as they start throwing this info into the fray.

This is an LTEE in today's Arizona Republic authored by Maricopa County Attorney. Can anyone tell me how accurate these are? I'm thinking some of it seems to be spin (my remarks are emphasized within the text).



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Fortunately, we now have in George W. Bush a president who honors veterans and is committed to veterans' health care needs. It's time for some straight talk. The facts:

Funding for veterans has gone up twice as fast under President Bush as it did under President Clinton. Is there a significant number of veterans added to the veterans count? Does the guard and reserve qualify as a veteran?

Bush's policies have provided access to VA health care for 2.5 million more veterans. Same question as above

Bush has enabled veterans to get their prescriptions filled by the VA if they cannot get a timely medical appointment. As a result, prescriptions filled for veterans have gone from 86 million to 108 million. Is it just me or doesn't this seem to imply that 22 million veterans are unable to obtain a timely medical appointment and are forced into self medicate/treat while waiting?

Outpatient visits have increased by 10 million. What is driving this increase? Could it be they are turning out patients that previously they would have rightly admitted?

There are 194 new community-based clinics available to veterans. Is this a response brought about by *'s hunger for sending troops as cannon fodder?

The disability claims backlog has been reduced dramatically. The amount of time it takes veterans to receive claim compensation has gone from 230 days to 160 days. I'm not sure this is a benchmark worth bragging about....what is industry average for non-veteran claims?

"Concurrent receipt" is now available to highly disabled and combat-injured veterans. ????

The president has pledged to continue his support by increasing veterans' funding in fiscal year 2005 by 40 percent from 2001 and to institute CARES improvements that will result in two new medical centers, the modernization of VA medical centers in 38 states, the creation of 156 community-based outpatient clinics and the creation/expansion of nine spinal-cord injury centers I just can't help but think this isn't for the increased demand placed on the system from *'s drive to endless war. Maybe it is the health care solution.. Make everyone a Soldier.. ????

...more rhetoric if you can stand it...

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/artic...
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