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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:13 AM
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McCain: Make combat-disabled top VA priority
Source: Army Times

McCain: Make combat-disabled top VA priority
By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jul 23, 2008 5:59:24 EDT

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain appeared Tuesday to suggest rationing of veterans health care may be needed so combat veterans can receive the care they deserve.

At a town hall meeting in Dover, N.H., McCain talked about the need to concentrate veterans health care on people with injuries that are a direct result of combat.

Right now, there are people who drive a long way and they stand in line to stand in line to get an appointment to get an appointment, McCain said.

~snip~

McCain, like many other Republicans, have been slow to endorse providing additional money to the Department of Veterans Affairs when Democrats have been pressing for large increases. McCain and other Republicans have argued there is enough money available to treat veterans if the VA were to operate more efficiently.

Read more: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/07/military_mccain_h... /
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:15 AM
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1. I think the oil companies should pay for combat vet's care
Let's see some of those profits go to the ones who make the oil companies rich.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:19 AM
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2. With the narrowest of interpretations, post-traumatic stress syndrome
would not be defined as resulting from "a direct result of combat".

Getting less so more can have less.

This is Alice in Wonderland Doublespeak.
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:34 PM
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3. McSame wants to create two classes of veterans?
That's going to go over real well.

:sarcasm:
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DogPoundPup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:51 PM
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4. McCain: Make combat-disabled top VA priority (rationing veteran's health care)
Source: Army Times

Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain appeared Tuesday to suggest rationing of veterans health care may be needed so combat veterans can receive the care they deserve.

At a town hall meeting in Dover, N.H., McCain talked about the need to concentrate veterans health care on people with injuries that are a direct result of combat.

Right now, there are people who drive a long way and they stand in line to stand in line to get an appointment to get an appointment, McCain said.

McCains campaign press office did not return a telephone call asking for clarification of the remarks.

The VA already has a priority system that puts at the top of the list for care people with service-connected disabilities rated at 50 percent or who cannot hold a job because of their service-connected disability. The severity of the injuries or disease is the chief factor in being placed in enrollment priority 1, not whether the problem is the result of combat or from peacetime service.

Read more: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/07/military_mccain_h... /
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:51 PM
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5. So, if your hunvee flipped over on you , too bad?
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MessiahRp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:51 PM
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6. This reads really unintelligently
Right now, there are people who drive a long way and they stand in line to stand in line to get an appointment to get an appointment, McCain said.

WTF?
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:20 PM
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7. Sounds like another empty promise.
If he's anything like Bush, his actions will accomplish the exact opposite of what he says.
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sutz12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:56 PM
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8. "Operate more efficiently" is codespeak for "Privatize" nt
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:31 AM
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9. You're right!
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