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AOC and the VA (Guest: Dan Caldwell)

May 7, 2019

The Heartland Institute's health care policy advisor Sarah Lee interviews Dan Caldwell on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (AOC) twitter disagreement with Donald Trump on how well the Department of Veteran's Affairs administers health care to veterans.

Dan Caldwell, Executive Director of Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) was interviwed in a Fox News report following the minor twitter dispute between President Donald Trump and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez regarding how well the VA administers health care services to American veterans.

In short, Caldwell addressed AOC's fearmongering that the VA would be privatized and extolled the virtues of expanding choice in health care for veterans. He talks to The Heartland Institute about putting veterans on an equal footing to the rest of America using the V.A Mission Act, passed by Congress in June and subsequently signed into law. The act allows veterans to use both VA services and gives them choice of using a network of private providers if they choose.  

"Through legislation like the V.A. Mission Act, they're trying to put the veteran at the center of the V.A., not the bureaucracy," Caldwell told Fox News. "Giving veterans a choice will force the private sector and the V.A. to compete for veterans, this will give veterans the power to choose." Join us as Caldwell explains the benefits of that choice on today's podcast.
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Sarah Lee is a policy advisor for health care and a host of Heartland's Health Care News podcast.