AFGE Says McCain Wrong on Veterans Health Care

Union Representing VA Workers Launch Nationwide Radio Campaign, Web Site and Viral Videos for Full VA Funding

This week, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) launched a nationwide radio ad campaign raising serious concerns about Senator McCain’s commitment to veterans’ health care. In addition to the radio ads, AFGE, which represents employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs, launched a Web site, Fund The VA, and a series of YouTube ads featuring union veterans voicing their concerns about McCain’s controversial veterans health care platform.

The only way anything has gotten done, for those who make the riches for others, the worker, is through organizing! While our Capitalists system is not supposed to have developed that way, It Has! And with the use of fear, and law, those who reap the power, and wealth, have successfully beat down the orginizing of the worker seeking the better conditions and what is right for a truely successful economic climate.

This fight for what the Country owes those who Serve It has been extremely long and marked with failures, few successes, for those fighting it!

 

“As one of the most prominent veterans in the country and the ranking minority member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator McCain is now in a position to do something that will have a long range impact on the health care of his fellow veterans,” says AFGE President John Gage. “We feel strongly that the proposals made by McCain, one of the nation’s most high profile veterans, are misguided and unjust.”


Sen. McCain has stated that he plans to offer veterans’ vouchers to receive care at private, for-profit health care facilities – a move that would be would be tantamount to dismantling the current Veterans Health Administration (VHA), which is widely regarded as the nation’s foremost medical health care system.

And in this so called Wealthiest Nation on this Planet that system still Fails and should be the Best ever devised as to care and research to benefit not only the Veteran but the planets population as well, not in caring for all but in the developements that care would bring forth!

“would be the end of the VA – the end of the promise and the start of a huge boondoggle for big corporations.”

While there are some successes we’ve already been seeing the failures of privatization, of that which should be benefitting a society, has reaped, costing more in cleaning up those failures or loosing completely in the corruption that prevails.

“While the VA faces challenges, many of its short falls can be directly attributed to a lack of funding,”

Always lacking in the funding needed that lack has ballooned these last twelve plus years, and that funding and oversite comes out of Congress!

For more information visit Fund The VA

From One Vet to Another

AFGE is the largest federal employee union representing 600,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia, including 160,000 employees in the Department of Veterans of Affairs.

SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees

Remember, whatever happens as to the Care of the Veteran isn’t the Fault of those who are working to provide that care, it comes from the Top on Down! The Executive Administrations of the Federal Government, the Congresses of the Federal Goverment, the Political Appointees heading up the Agencies of the Federal Government, and those hired to Administrative Positions by the Political Appointees in those Agencies.

And that Federal Government Is You!

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  1. … of people making a profit off of human suffering.

    And veterans … first the government profits off their service (oil) and now they want health care providers to profit off of them as well.

    Thanks again, Jim, for this essay.  I have to say that I wouldn’t know much at all about veterans’ issues if it weren’t for your tireless efforts to educate by writing often and never giving up.

    And your essays are not even for profit!  😀

    • jimstaro on July 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm
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    From NBC’s Mark Murray

    First Read has confirmed that the AFL-CIO will begin airing a new TV ad tomorrow in the battleground states of Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin that hits McCain on Iraq and veterans’ issues. The 30-second ad, which will run for three weeks, features Vietnam vet Jim Wasser.

    • jimstaro on July 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm
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    From NBC’s Mark Murray

    First Read has confirmed that the AFL-CIO will begin airing a new TV ad tomorrow in the battleground states of Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin that hits McCain on Iraq and veterans’ issues. The 30-second ad, which will run for three weeks, features Vietnam vet Jim Wasser.

    • jimstaro on July 10, 2008 at 7:51 pm
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    Martin Schram: “Vets Under Siege” (Thomas Dunne Books)

    An award-winning journalist and author exposes mistreatment of American servicemen and women by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

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    Vets Under Siege: How America Deceives and Dishonors Those Who Fight Our Battles

  2. McCain is nuts, I can’t imagine what would be:  what possesses him to piss on vets, who theoretically should be huge supporters, and are, moreover, one of the few institutional groups in this country that have a reasonable level of approval among voters as a whole?

    This “race” is making less and less sense to me, from both sides, wondering if it’s not bread and circuses afterall.

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