Republicans Look to End VA Health Care for Over 1.3 Million Veterans

Paul Ryan's plan seeks to end help for those who risk life and limb to serve the country.

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Senators and veterans John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.)

It seems the GOP, which professes to be the party that most supports the armed forces, is seeking to end help to 1.3 million veterans. According to Ray Medeiros of PoliticsUSA.com, conservatives are looking to cut benefits for disabled veterans, homeless veterans and the countless other vets who deserve health care. The article cites Disabledvets.org, which states:

Republican Paul Ryan and the House of Representatives are looking to end VA healthcare for over 1.3 million veterans. These veterans are the least disabled veterans using the system, usually with disability ratings of 0 percent or no service-connected disability. Currently, the VA spends over $4 billion yearly to treat these vets, despite co-pays intended to offset the expense. Ryan’s cuts are intended to save $6 billion off the VA’s tab and $62 billion over the next 10 years. Instead of merely increasing the co-pay or taxing Wall Street, Congress wants to just cut your benefits out, all together.

The article goes on to challenge the GOP's perceived "support" for the military and veterans, which is the reason many veterans historically vote for the party, and argues that they are being taken for a ride because the GOP does not protect those interests.

We guess it's like the countless poor and working-class Americans who continue to vote Republican because they buy into the rhetoric that it is the party of the common folk, when in fact it is the party of the wealthy.

It appears that if you are not rich or a corporate entity, then the party is not concerned with your interests. Veterans have something to think about -- continue to vote with a political party based on perception, or vote with a political party based on reality. Whatever the case, veterans in general and Republican veterans in particular need to be asking some hard questions.

Read more at PoliticsUsa.org.

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