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Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
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Letter of the Day: A patriotic choice for our veterans

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President Obama recently used the term “unpatriotic” to describe private American corporations moving their headquarters overseas to save on corporate U.S. taxes — the highest in the world.

“Unpatriotic” is my term for the VA health system’s treatment of our veterans. This has been going on for years, and more money and a new VA secretary will not solve this endemic mess.

You can solve this mess by giving every veteran a Medicare-type card allowing them to use any health care facility they wish.

We are blessed in the United States with the greatest medical centers, such as Moffitt in Tampa, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, Sloan Kettering in New York, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD Anderson in Houston, and many others. These are the best of the best, not only in America but anywhere in the world. Allow our veterans to have access if they wish and not require them to use a government health system that does not function as efficiently as these private health care entities do.

The American private health care system puts the patient first. The VA system puts the doctor first, the nurse first and the other staff members first, not the veteran. There isn’t a VA health care facility in this country that can compete with Mayo, Moffitt, Shands or the Cleveland Clinic.

Our veterans deserve the best. Let’s give them a choice: the VA health care system or the private health care system. Now, that is patriotic. We don’t need government-run health care systems where veterans are treated as third-class citizens. In two years, 80 percent of America’s VA hospitals will be out of business.

Dale Ferguson

Brooksville

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