Conference committee approves $17B VA health bill

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 29, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    How much of this $17 billion will actually filter to helping the Vets, or are there others who will be on the take?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 29, 2014 1:00 p.m.

    Well, the bill is not perfect, but it is a step in the right direction.

    The one major flaw is that it adds an additional $17 Billion dollars to our already unbearable $17.5 trillion in debt. If they cannot find offsetting spending cuts in order to pay for this, then it really need to be voted down until they can agree on a way to fund it.

    We can pay for it now, or pay for it later, plus interest and the need to make even harder choices down the road.

    Will even one person in Congress stand up and say this? Probably not. Voters seem to always want more "free stuff" and since the split between tax payers and recipients of handouts is about equal, it is easier to ignore the question about how to pay for any of it.

  • BJMoose Syracuse, UT
    July 29, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    With all the belly-aching our elected contingent, both Senate and House, has made over the entire Veteran's issue, I will be curious to see how they vote on this bill.