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August 2, 2015

Veterans’ Health Measure Still Snagged by Budget Estimates

Sen. John McCain and other lawmakers say the Congressional Budget Office has created unnecessary trouble for legislation to overhaul the military veterans’ health care system.

Over at Roll Call’s #WGDB blog, Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski quote McCain as saying the CBO’s budget estimates for the House and Senate bills “are not legitimate” and the agency’s logic for scoring them “doesn’t make sense.”

The CBO said last month that the legislation would cost $50 billion a year, mostly because it would allow veterans to seek care from private health care providers if they have an unreasonable wait time or live more than 40 miles away. That provision that would last two years.

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  1. Pie Thon

    July 14, 2014
    1:35 a.m.

    I think most people now recognize that Hussein Obama is a delusional marxist who intentionally sows the seeds of chaos to consolidate his own power.

    • Lissa Henry

      July 16, 2014
      8:45 p.m.

      I think you had better study economics, Pie Thon. While I agree that Marxism was a delusional economic view, I see capitalism to be just as delusional. Human nature is just not that capable of living a life filled with idealism. We are filled with greed and insecurities and we want what we want, not what is best for all of us as a group.
      Our founders tried to put in checks and balances, but we have been trying to get around them every since.

  2. Layla

    July 15, 2014
    12:39 a.m.

    Put Congress and all government employees on VA healthcare and we’ll see how fast it gets fixed. In the meantime, there is an election in November, your chance to remove those more interested in being reelected than helping our veterans.

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