Suzanne Gordon & Russell Lemle

Suzanne Gordon is the author of Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation’s VeteransRussell Lemle is the former chief psychologist for the San Francisco VA Healthcare System. Both are senior policy analysts at the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute.

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VA Privatization Bill Threatens Closure of Key Facilities

Republican architects of the VA MISSION Act want to fast-track a commission that would have expansive authority to close VA hospitals.

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At a June 20 House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing , legislators considered H.R. 3083, sponsored by ranking member Phil Roe (R-TN). One of the architects of the VA MISSION Act of 2018, Roe is an ardent supporter of shifting the care of veterans from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to the private sector. H.R. 3083 will accelerate privatization of the VHA by changing the launch date of one of the most problematic parts of the VA MISSION Act—the Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission. The VA MISSION Act mandates the creation of an Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission whose nine members are appointed by the president. These appointments are supposed to include at least three members of veterans service organizations (VSOs), as well as health-care industry representatives and other key stakeholders. At the signing ceremony for the MISSION Act, President Trump insisted he would not be bound by this provision, while simultaneously praising the...