I enjoyed meeting with Veterans on 9/14/16 in Lake Charles. The Veteran Action Coalition provided some very interesting and useful information. We are all concerned about the bureaucratic obstacles within the VA system. We need a better way to fulfill our obligations to Veterans. The VA system is not working well enough to care for our Veterans in the way that we expect and Veterans deserve. We should try a different approach. At the meeting, one of the speakers emphasized that the Choice Card is "not and insurance card." Well perhaps we could make it an insurance card with the best coverage available. The Veteran would then truly have "choice" and could be a consumer in the health care market where the market, by competition, would provide the highest quality and easiest access for the Veterans. Competition will also provide the lowest prices for tax payers.
From : Louisiana Conservative Crew Question and Answer
Comprehensive Position Statement
Moderator: How would you address the problems with our Veterans Administration?
Bryan Barrilleaux: We have a moral obligation to serve the needs of our veterans that we accept when we send them to war. We have not lived up to that obligation when we allow vital healthcare services to be poorly provided by a bureaucracy that everyone agrees is doing a very poor job. Many reasons explain the poor job such as union contracts for VA employees that put Veterans at a disadvantage, and the fact that our Congressmen take campaign money bribes from corporations and individuals who sell good s and services to the VA and corrupt the entire department. In general, the government is not good at administering healthcare and we should recognize that fact and stop subjecting our Veterans to third rate service. We should put the resources in the hands of the Veteran who can then act as a consumer in the healthcare market to purchase insurance and other healthcare needs. By competition, the market will provide choices that will allow the Veteran to shop for the best quality, easiest access and lowest price. The current Veteran’s Hospitals should remain open, but be required to bill to the Veteran’s insurance for services and compete in the market. If the VA hospital is successful it will remain open. If it competes poorly and the Veterans prefer other services, then it will close. The free market, not central government planning, will provide the quality and access that Veterans deserve, and at the lowest price that taxpayers prefer.
Article referenced in Video : http://www.americanpress.com/26-Boustany-VA-clinics-discussion