Jim's solutions for Veterans

[Radio] Veterans for Hagedorn -

[TV] Worse -

Hagedorn - Walz debate veterans policy (KAAL TV, Rochester) -

Click above to view KAAL TV debate video - The segment on veterans policy starts at the 21 minute mark

Hagedorn and Hegseth promote Veterans medical care choice at the Mayo Clinic -

Hagedorn's solutions to help Veterans receive quality, timely & affordable medical care

In 2006, Tim Walz promised he would deliver results for Veterans. Yet, ten years later, Veterans are worse off today than when Walz was elected. I respect Congressman Walz’s service in the National Guard, but his experience has not translated into informed votes on the House floor.

Walz is responsible for the treatment of Veterans over the past decade. He has been in the middle of VA issues – serving on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and working hand-and-hand with President Obama’s Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sadly, during Tim’s tenure in Congress, Veterans have literally died due to U.S. government neglect and incompetence. The Obama-Walz VA has endured scandal after scandal, year after year.

On any given day, more than 500,000 Veterans are waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care appointments and Veterans are routinely forced to travel long distances for treatment. Pathetically, our government provides refugees and illegal aliens more options to receive quality, timely medical care than America’s Veterans.

Enough of this nonsense. If elected to serve you in Congress I will champion the following bold solutions to reform the VA and empower Veterans to receive the timely, quality medical and mental health care benefits they deserve and have earned.

1) Reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by amending civil service personnel rules to enable the expeditious removal or demotion of VA employees for poor performance or misconduct, especially incidents related to the care of veterans, administration of VA programs or misuse of VA resources.

In 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to expedite the firing or demotion of rogue VA employees. The bill, H.R. 1994, the “VA Accountability Act of 2015-16,” passed the House 256 to 170. Sixteen Democrats voted for H.R. 1994. Tim Walz voted “no.” (Roll Call vote 498.)

Walz’s vote against H.R. 1994 was at odds with pro-veteran organizations, including the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. However, Walz’s “no” vote supported the position of the federal government union bosses who contributed tens of thousands of dollars to his congressional campaigns.

Jim Hagedorn supports the VA Accountability Act and would vote for identical or similar legislation if elected to Congress. Unlike Walz, who thinks this is a “right to work” issue for federal employees, Hagedorn believes this is a “right to life” issue for our retired military heroes.

2) Empower every veteran (eligible to receive medical care from the VA) to choose his/her own doctor and receive timely, quality medical and mental health care from the VA or private hospitals and providers, at taxpayer expense.

Currently, only select VA patients who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or have an appointment more than 30 days into the future are eligible to seek permission from the VA to seek private sector medical care at taxpayer expense.

This program, the Veterans Choice Program, is highly bureaucratic, inefficient, overly complicated and has failed to deliver the timely, quality medical care promised, earned and deserved by all veterans.

Jim Hagedorn believes current VA patients should be given complete medical care choice and be empowered to choose their own doctors and acquire medical and mental health care services from VA or non-VA providers of their choice.

Tim Walz opposes Hagedorn’s solution of complete medical care choice.

Enable honorably discharged U.S. veterans to purchase affordable private health insurance plans through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of U.S. veterans receive medical care through health insurance plans purchased in the private sector. Sadly, Obamacare is forcing many veterans, as well as millions of other Americans, to pay exorbitant and unaffordable health insurance premiums and deductibles.

For many families, premiums have doubled and tripled since implementation of Obamacare, with annual costs exceeding $15,000, $20,000 or even more than $25,000 per year. Moreover, annual deductibles have skyrocketed to such extreme levels the underlying health insurance has become virtually worthless (because deductibles are rarely met).

Meanwhile, Tim Walz, who promised to abide by Obamacare, accepted a special deal that shields him from the high costs and ill-effects of Obamacare. By all accounts, Walz and his entire family of four enjoy a taxpayer subsidized Cadillac health insurance plan with a monthly premium of about $500 and a total annual deductible of just $700.

Jim Hagedorn proposes that veterans, outside the VA system, be offered the same deal as Tim Walz and be allowed to purchase affordable private health insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.