Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Bush Budget To Cut VA Healthcare

   Did you know that under the Bush administration's new budget that the veterans health care system is looking at a reduction in funds? This will take affect in two years which is really kind of a shitty deal considering that the VA will be looking after more people that will be coming home from the Iraq war.

   This is being done to help Bush balance the budget by 2012. This is kind of ridiculous to even claim any kind of a balanced budget by any Republican administration.


After an increase sought for next year, the Bush budget would turn current trends on their head. Even though the cost of providing medical care to veterans has been growing rapidly _ by more than 10 percent in many years _ White House budget documents assume consecutive cutbacks in 2009 and 2010 and a freeze thereafter.

The proposed cuts are unrealistic in light of recent VA budget trends _ its medical care budget has risen every year for two decades and 83 percent in the six years since Bush took office _ sowing suspicion that the White House is simply making them up to make its long-term deficit figures look better.

"Either the administration is willingly proposing massive cuts in VA health care," said Rep. Chet Edwards of Texas, chairman of the panel overseeing the VA's budget. "Or its promise of a balanced budget by 2012 is based on completely unrealistic assumptions."


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