The VA is Not for Profit

From the AFL-CIO

Members of the Union Veterans Council are calling on Congress to stop a scheme to privatize and dismantle major portions of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a long held goal of Wall Street investors seeking to profit on the backs of our veterans.

America’s labor unions demand that our lawmakers fully fund the VA and stop the plan to close VA clinics and hospitals and privatize services, because America must keep its promise to our brave service members.

Billionaire-backed groups want to privatize all federal services so Wall Street investors can reap massive profits from our tax dollars, and the newest effort to tear up the Department of Veterans Affairs is a key example.

America’s veterans count on the specialized care provided by the VA.

Independent studies from the Rand Corporation and others have shown that VA facilities consistently have provided better health outcomes for patients, when compared to private-sector health care institutions.

Veterans themselves overwhelmingly reject the privatization of the VA and prefer to receive care at VA hospitals and clinics.

2.3%: That’s how few private health care providers in New York meet the criteria for effectively serving veterans, which underscores the danger of privatizing the VA.

America’s labor unions have a clear message: It’s time for Congress to look at the facts, listen to veterans, stop the rush to privatize and enact a plan to fully fund the VA.

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He Gets the Bucks, We Get All the Deadly Bangs

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre has had better weeks. First came the horrific early August slaughters in California, Texas, and Ohio that left dozens dead, murders that elevated public pressure on the NRA’s hardline against even the mildest of moves against gun violence. Then came revelations that LaPierre — whose labors on behalf of the nonprofit NRA have made him a millionaire many times over — last year planned to have his gun lobby group bankroll a 10,000-square-foot luxury manse near Dallas for his personal use. In response, LaPierre had his flacks charge that the NRA’s former ad agency had done the scheming to buy the mansion. The ad agency called that assertion “patently false” and related that LaPierre had sought the agency’s involvement in the scheme, a request the agency rejected. The mansion scandal, notes the Washington Post, comes as the NRA is already “contending with the fallout from allegations of lavish spending by top executives.”

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