House passes VA reform bill that woul...

House passes VA reform bill that would expand health care options for veterans

There are 20 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jul 31, 2014, titled House passes VA reform bill that would expand health care options for veterans. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., joined by Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, about a bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care that would authorize at least $17 billion to fix ... (more)

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Hunter Jones

El Paso, TX

#1 Jul 31, 2014
You're damn straight!

Now that this is out of the way, we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform and it is the only humanitarian thing to do. How the hell are those people supposed to survive once global warming is complete? At least one person has it right on this issue and proves he has a heart and a brain:

On a three-day trade mission to Mexico, California governor Jerry Brown talked most frequently about climate change and immigration, and spoke passionately about the link between the two, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“We can see how some are fearful of children walking across the border,” Brown said at the signing of a voluntary climate-change agreement with Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, according to the Journal.“What will they think when millions of people are driven north from the parched landscapes of a world degraded by intensifying climate change?”

Brown reportedly spoke of California’s relationship with Mexico as older than the one his state has with the “government in Washington.” Brown pledged to do whatever he could do to aid the Central American unaccompanied alien children arriving in his state and proclaimed his support for additional shelters for the illegal-immigrant children in California.
L Morales

United States

#2 Aug 2, 2014
No thanks to Democrats who are widely known for hating our military and our servicemen and women. Its sad when our brave veterans get treated like poop while illegal immigrants get priority in the health care system receiving the best healthcare our galaxy has to offer at the expense of the U.S taxpayer. Veterans first illegal immigrants absolutely last.¿Y Que?
wink1026

Phenix City, AL

#3 Sep 7, 2014
I can see aid to the kids, but also give us, (veterans) and our elderly, orphans the help we were promised. Put the people that are able to work, that's on well - fair and any Government aid that is given for no reason. Start a child care in the places needed so they can work and man the center themselves. Drug test for all. This will cut the welfare in ore than half.
Anthony Borrego

El Paso, TX

#4 Sep 8, 2014
wink1026 wrote:
I can see aid to the kids, but also give us,(veterans) and our elderly, orphans the help we were promised. Put the people that are able to work, that's on well - fair and any Government aid that is given for no reason. Start a child care in the places needed so they can work and man the center themselves. Drug test for all. This will cut the welfare in ore than half.
We Latinos are bitterly disappointed in the president and we are bitterly disappointed in the Senate Democrats We advocates didn’t make the reform promise; we just made the mistake of believing it. The president and Senate Democrats have chosen politics over people; the status quo over solving real problems. He raised the hopes of people and he dashed them again.We’re deeply disappointed. This is just another on the list of hurry up and wait that our community has experienced on this issue. It’s clear that playing it safe is what is going on in the White House and among Democratic circles, and playing it safe means walking away from our values and our principles. I’m deeply disappointed that he president hasn’t acted where Republicans have failed to act,
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#5 Sep 8, 2014
Anthony Borrego wrote:
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We Latinos are bitterly disappointed in the president and we are bitterly disappointed in the Senate Democrats We advocates didn’t make the reform promise; we just made the mistake of believing it. The president and Senate Democrats have chosen politics over people; the status quo over solving real problems. He raised the hopes of people and he dashed them again.We’re deeply disappointed. This is just another on the list of hurry up and wait that our community has experienced on this issue. It’s clear that playing it safe is what is going on in the White House and among Democratic circles, and playing it safe means walking away from our values and our principles. I’m deeply disappointed that he president hasn’t acted where Republicans have failed to act,
That's his job, to raise hopes and then lie about it. They call that politics!
Cissy1020

Stuart, FL

#6 Sep 9, 2014
I stopped years ago going to the VA, you could die waiting to either see a doctor or get med's.
Sorry situation.
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#7 Sep 10, 2014
Cissy1020 wrote:
I stopped years ago going to the VA, you could die waiting to either see a doctor or get med's.
Sorry situation.
More veterans should walk away from the system in protest to the corruption. This is a harsh reality but based in facts.
Tomorrows headlines to read:'you could die waiting to either see a doctor or get med's.'
Margaret Gray

El Paso, TX

#8 Sep 10, 2014
The Mad Man wrote:
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More veterans should walk away from the system in protest to the corruption. This is a harsh reality but based in facts.
Tomorrows headlines to read:'you could die waiting to either see a doctor or get med's.'
Keep in mind that the VA problem is not President Obama's fault. The problem is one that he inherited since his war mongering predecessor invaded countries right and left and didn't make adequate provision for their care once they were maimed, wounded or killed. Also, the discovery of PTSD has caused a breakdown since we simply don't have enough head shrinkers to deal with the influx of soldiers who flipped out. Patton dealt with the problem by slapping the soldiers and telling them to get their butts back to the line, but that sort of behavior is frowned upon today.

Since: Sep 14

Ankeny, IA

#10 Sep 11, 2014
Anthony Borrego wrote:
<quoted text>
We Latinos are bitterly disappointed in the president and we are bitterly disappointed in the Senate Democrats We advocates didn’t make the reform promise; we just made the mistake of believing it. The president and Senate Democrats have chosen politics over people; the status quo over solving real problems. He raised the hopes of people and he dashed them again.We’re deeply disappointed. This is just another on the list of hurry up and wait that our community has experienced on this issue. It’s clear that playing it safe is what is going on in the White House and among Democratic circles, and playing it safe means walking away from our values and our principles. I’m deeply disappointed that he president hasn’t acted where Republicans have failed to act,
Sorry! suppose you lived in Mexico. we Americans are born here, you might just have moved to the usa. it dose not matter that you agreed to vote as illegal. you have been screwed.

Since: Sep 14

Ankeny, IA

#11 Sep 11, 2014
The Mad Man wrote:
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More veterans should walk away from the system in protest to the corruption. This is a harsh reality but based in facts.
Tomorrows headlines to read:'you could die waiting to either see a doctor or get med's.'
I have been thinking the same way.( walk away from the VA ) I have lost my most valuable Doctor in years, yet the VA over work Him and he did just that and walk away.
Now I have a pill pusher Doctor.
Anthony Borrego

El Paso, TX

#12 Sep 11, 2014
wilmas wrote:
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Sorry! suppose you lived in Mexico. we Americans are born here, you might just have moved to the usa. it dose not matter that you agreed to vote as illegal. you have been screwed.
I'm passing this on because it worked for me today.

A doctor on TV said that in order to have inner peace in our lives after this election, we should always finish things that we start. Since we all could use more calm in our lives, I looked around my house to find things I'd started & hadn't finished.

I finished a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiuminun scriptins, an a box a choclutz. Yu has no idr how fablus I feel rite now.

Sned this to all ur frenz who need inner piss. An telum u luvum.
Viet Nam Vet

Chillicothe, OH

#13 Sep 24, 2014
Margaret Gray wrote:
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Keep in mind that the VA problem is not President Obama's fault. The problem is one that he inherited since his war mongering predecessor invaded countries right and left and didn't make adequate provision for their care once they were maimed, wounded or killed. Also, the discovery of PTSD has caused a breakdown since we simply don't have enough head shrinkers to deal with the influx of soldiers who flipped out. Patton dealt with the problem by slapping the soldiers and telling them to get their butts back to the line, but that sort of behavior is frowned upon today.
The US was happy being blind and deaf to the problems of the world before 9/11. We had allowed our military and intellegence networks to degrade to one of the the lowest points in our history. Unfortunely, the US has again been thrust to the top of the mountain where everyone is trying to push us off. We already host the United Nations where 90% of the member countries recieve hand outs from the US while constantly attempting to bite our hand. Personnally, I would love to see a method of allowing us to return to just dealing with our own internal issues, but I don't see that ever happening. Does anyone?
Margaret Gray

El Paso, TX

#14 Sep 24, 2014
Viet Nam Vet wrote:
<quoted text>The US was happy being blind and deaf to the problems of the world before 9/11. We had allowed our military and intellegence networks to degrade to one of the the lowest points in our history. Unfortunely, the US has again been thrust to the top of the mountain where everyone is trying to push us off. We already host the United Nations where 90% of the member countries recieve hand outs from the US while constantly attempting to bite our hand. Personnally, I would love to see a method of allowing us to return to just dealing with our own internal issues, but I don't see that ever happening. Does anyone?
Ho chi minh had some ideas along those lines but he's not around anymore. Also, it's true that many nations bite our hands but at least they don't bite us in the butt, which would be far worse. Obama spoke to the UN today and he gave them what's for and when we finish bombing the hell out of ISIS, they will no longer be a threat.
Viet Nam Vet

Chillicothe, OH

#15 Sep 27, 2014
wilmas wrote:
<quoted text>
I have been thinking the same way.( walk away from the VA ) I have lost my most valuable Doctor in years, yet the VA over work Him and he did just that and walk away.
Now I have a pill pusher Doctor.
Odds are, your "pill pusher" Doctor is foreign born and only uses two or three different pills for every veteran, regardless of their problems. That's the way most of them work.
Officer Frank

El Paso, TX

#16 Oct 8, 2014
Viet Nam Vet wrote:
<quoted text>Odds are, your "pill pusher" Doctor is foreign born and only uses two or three different pills for every veteran, regardless of their problems. That's the way most of them work.
F U , everybody is tired of hearing from Nam vets , you lost the war. you should commit haraki like the slant eyes. STFU Loser.
Viet Nam Vet

Chillicothe, OH

#17 Oct 8, 2014
Officer Frank wrote:
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F U , everybody is tired of hearing from Nam vets , you lost the war. you should commit haraki like the slant eyes. STFU Loser.
The US soldier did not lose Viet Nam. It was lost by elected officials who refused to support our military. Too many Viet Nam Vets have committed suicide because our elected officials continue to fail in their responsibility to our veterans. This while wetbacks continue to invade our country. You get what you deserve by voting for idiots.
fatbacks x

Saint Helens, OR

#18 Oct 8, 2014
Officer Frank wrote:
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F U , everybody is tired of hearing from Nam vets , you lost the war. you should commit haraki like the slant eyes. STFU Loser.
The sh-thouse in the pit of texass you're in charge of should be fragged while you're cleaning it general.
louie goins

El Paso, TX

#19 Oct 9, 2014
fatbacks x wrote:
<quoted text> The sh-thouse in the pit of texass you're in charge of should be fragged while you're cleaning it general.
Real deal's brother here. All-around good guy and certified boot whizzer. I can't make heads or tails out of what you wrote. You must be one of those people who didn't fare too well in school so now you are forced to work odd jobs to find a pot to piss in. I personally don't worry about a pot because if you give me a boot, I will fill it faster than the wind from a duck's behind.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#20 Oct 13, 2014
After Paul Ryan and the teaparty House republican's have cut funding for Meals On Wheels....a program that provides nourishment to disabled and handicapped Veterans and the elderly....and cut funding for the much needed, Service Dogs Program for Vet's with PTSD, a low-cost assistance that showed tremendous success at minimal costs.......NOW THAT THEY KNOW, THERE IS AN ELECTION COMING....THEY WANNA HELP THE VETERANS......too little and way too late.....
Bad butt Johnny

El Paso, TX

#21 Oct 13, 2014
Go Blue Forever wrote:
After Paul Ryan and the teaparty House republican's have cut funding for Meals On Wheels....a program that provides nourishment to disabled and handicapped Veterans and the elderly....and cut funding for the much needed, Service Dogs Program for Vet's with PTSD, a low-cost assistance that showed tremendous success at minimal costs.......NOW THAT THEY KNOW, THERE IS AN ELECTION COMING....THEY WANNA HELP THE VETERANS......too little and way too late.....
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