An employee union from the Tomah VA held a rally outside of the medical center on Thursday to voice their opposition to the privatization of veterans’ health care.
The group spoke out against the Commission on Care, a national committee of 15 members that is tasked with providing recommendations to Congress on how to improve veterans’ health care.
The union spoke out against a document written by commission members that explored the idea of privatizing veterans’ health care.
However, one member of the commission says the document, which was written in March, is outdated, and that a more recent draft of recommendations focuses on improving the Veterans Health Administration.
“We’re trying to improve the whole system, both the VHA providers, so they have an efficient, modern, up to date system with modern facilities, and for the community care part, once again, carefully crafted network of community providers to make sure that the whole spectrum of healthcare services are there,” said Darin Selnick, Senior Veterans Affairs Advisor for Concerned Veterans for America.
“Most likely the majority of veterans have not had a voice in this, and we want that message out there for the veterans, particularly to have a voice in what they want the VA to look like in 20 years,” said Lin Ellinghuisen, President of the American Federation of Government Employees, Local Chapter 0007.
The Commission on Care’s final report is due on June 30th.