Yes, we should give veterans insurance and send them into private care, because that is going to be the way to make sure that they receive efficient, prompt care. We can set up a resource network to help these private care providers make sure that they can deal with combat-specific injuries. It would still be better than leaving them to die at the hands of the VA.
Yes, we should give veterans insurance and send them into private care. As long as the private insurance given veterans provided them with comparable care to what they are supposed to receive from the Veterans Administration, this would go a long way toward solving the Veterans Administration medical care crisis.
I think that is a very simple proposition that doesn't seem to grasp how utterly expensive that would be to do. Free insurance for all veterans for as long as they live would cost the government billions of dollars. Most veterans have jobs and thus have third party health insurance, but they would never use it if the government gave it to them for free.
The Veteran's Administration has been blamed for the time it takes to treat veterans but it rarely has been criticized for its quality of care. This quality of care which is specifically designed to help former soldiers with their particular needs, such as fitting prosthetic devices and treating mental health including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cannot be found in most private clinics or hospitals. To summarize, the key concern here is time and not quality which implies that a more slimmed down and efficient VA is the solution rather than replacing it with a private system. The other alternative of having two systems just adds further to the bureaucracy and complication without providing either greater quality or saving waiting time.