Real Reform for Real Heroes
There is a lot in the news right now about the discussion over the future of health care in America, and it’s an important one. Obamacare has failed the American people: Premiums are skyrocketing and deductibles are soaring. Americans are left with fewer choices—just ask the Wisconsinites who live in one of the 16 counties in the state with a duopoly, meaning there is only one or two insurers available to Wisconsinites in that county.
Last year, the House—in overwhelming bipartisan fashion—passed the Jason Simcakoski Promoting Responsible Opioid Management and Incorporating Scientific Expertise (PROMISE) Act. That bill makes it safer for veterans to seek opioid therapy and pain management care. But the PROMISE Act was just one reform of many that are needed.
That’s why this week, the House will consider the VA Accountability First Act. We know the vast majority of VA employees are honest, hard-working, and committed to serving our nation’s heroes. It is unfair to those men and women, as well as those in uniform, when the bad actors at the VA are not held accountable for their actions. This bill gives the VA Secretary increased flexibility to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or conduct.