Lobo Pitches VA Privatization Plan

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

lobiondo press conference“This legislation would allow any veteran to make the decision of whether they want to go to a VA facility as is currently mandated or to be able to go to the doctor or hospital of their choice.”

It’s amazing this hasn’t happened sooner, Save Jerseyans. With those words, Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ02), who was accompanied by frosh legislator and political ally Sam Fiocchi (R-1), announced on Tuesday his intention to introduce legislation that would, as he stated, permit U.S. military veterans to obtain health care services from local hospitals in lieu of facilities operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA (as it’s colloquially known) has come under intense scrutiny for documented cases of fatal neglect and, apparently, a subsequent cover-up.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) made a similar announcement last week, and the VA itself is allegedly exploring the private option independent of Congress. It’s a damn shame that American heroes needed to die before anyone in D.C. bothered to act...