The goal of any government should be the delivery of essential services on a cost-effective basis. The means to achieve this goal is to work within a structure of bipartisan government utilizing reason, negotiation and compromise to forge consensus. It looks as if that is finally happening in the nation’s “most deliberative body,” the U.S. Senate.
The Veteran’s Reform Bill, after passing in the House, has been approved by the Senate and goes on to the President for his signature. The bill addresses the long-wait times that our nation’s veterans have had to endure to get their essential medical care.
The two Senators from New Hampshire, Shaheen and Ayotte worked together to include a provision that allows veterans to go outside the state, as well as VA facilities to get their required health care. If a veteran lives more than twenty miles from a VA facility that offers “hospital care,” he or she can receive care at any local hospital that is approved by the Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs.
This is a needed change in veteran’s medical care and shows what elected officials can accomplish through bipartisan negotiation and compromise. I commend our senators for their work on this issue and hope it leads the way to further compromise and progress.
Candidate for State Rep, the Lakes Region