by Tom Aiello
this article originally appeared in The Huffington Post
Right now, there is a healthy debate between privatizing or preserving the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system. At the center of this discussion is the Veterans Choice program. This program allows veterans to seek care outside of the VA healthcare system. Veterans Choice has emerged as the “tipping point” on partial privatization of the VA.
On one hand, veterans want the convenience and flexibility of Veterans Choice. On the other, veteran service organizations, like the American Legion, have drawn a line in the sand to defend VA healthcare.
As this debate unfolds, VA Secretary David Shulkin, this week, said he wanted to eliminate the mileage and wait time restriction for the Veterans Choice Program making it easier for more veterans to use.