It is no secret that there is an attack on our public health insurances and public health systems by the profiteers who want the public dollars for themselves. The Veteran’s Health Administration is worth almost $200 billion a year and private health industries are eager to get a piece of that.
Privatization is dangerous for two major reasons:
1. Privatization of the VA would begin to dismantle the system that provides comprehensive and specialized care to veterans, placing their health at risk.
2. Privatization of the VA is being justified by a false argument that says the government can’t provide high-quality care. In fact, the VA provides high quality care for much less than the private sector.
We, as supporters of single payer healthcare, such as National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA), must defend our single payer health systems.
We need to act quickly because the House of Representatives voted last week to pass a bill, the VA Mission Act of 2018, that would shunt veterans into private clinics, close VA hospitals and place excessive burdens on the VA without providing more resources.
The bill is expected to be voted on by the Senate on Wednesday, so we need to act now!
Call your senators at 833-480-1637 and tell them you strongly oppose the VA MISSION Act (S. 2372).