The Real Scandal: 258,000 Veterans Lack Healthcare Because Republicans Won’t Expand Medicaid

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While Republicans are trying to blame the problems at the VA on President Obama, the real scandal is that the Republican refusal to expand Medicaid in 23 states has left 258,6000 veterans without healthcare.

According to a 2013 Urban Institute study:

Analysis of the 2008-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) indicates that 535,000 uninsured veterans and 174,000 uninsured spouses of veterans—or four in 10 uninsured veterans
and one in four uninsured spouses—have incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) and could qualify for Medicaid or new subsidies for coverage under the Affordable
Care Act (ACA).

Most of these uninsured—414,000 veterans and 113,000 spouses—have incomes below 100 percent of FPL, and will therefore only have new coverage options under the ACA if their state expands Medicaid. However, fewer than half live in states in which the governor supports their state participating in the expansion, while the majority live in states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid or have not yet decided whether to expand. The extent to which uninsured veterans and their family members with incomes below the FPL will have access to new
coverage options under the ACA will depend on whether they live in a state that adopts the Medicaid expansion.

Pew used the Urban Institute data, and the state by state neglect of veterans on this map:

_VETERANS-MEDICAID-INFOGRAPHIC

The real scandal is that Republicans continue to deny over a quarter million veterans healthcare because they think it is good politics to oppose Obamacare. The 258,000 number is a bit of an underestimate, because it does not include the tens of thousands of thousands of spouses and children who are also being denied healthcare.

Republicans can try to make the bipartisan issues at VA an Obama scandal, but if they really cared about veterans they be demanding that the states that haven’t expanded Medicaid do so right away.

Blaming Obama isn’t going to get Republicans out of this one. For the last two years, congressional Republicans have voted against bills that would have created jobs, and provided better healthcare for our vets. House Republicans even voted to throw 170,000 veterans off of food stamps.

The great hypocrisy is that while Republicans are blaming President Obama for the VA, they refusing to provide hundreds of thousands of veterans and their families healthcare. They can wave the flag all they want, but when the rubber hits the road, Republicans have repeatedly betrayed our veterans.

It is tragic that any veteran died while waiting for care from the VA, but how many veterans are dying or losing family members because Republicans refuse to expand Medicaid?

That is a question that Republicans don’t want to have to answer.

13 Replies to “The Real Scandal: 258,000 Veterans Lack Healthcare Because Republicans Won’t Expand Medicaid”

  1. Ah my home state of Indiana obligingly toeing the Republican derp line and not expanding.

    Indiana has always been the first state to go red in a presidential election. Obligingly voting against their best interests, being the state that is “right to get sh-t canned at any time” allowing it’s land to be used as a toilet bowl for polluters. It was a state that you couldn’t get insurance because of preexisting conditions.

    The state where a warehouse sits where the farm used to be.

    Way to go, Indiana. My only advice is: smart people get out while you can before the next tornado tears up the trailer park you live next to.

  2. It would make sense to me that any veteran should be able to seek medical care at any facility STAT, then transferred to a VA facility when there is an opening. Or if a veteran is taken care of at a private facility, that facility could bill the VA/govt. President Obama should authorize this by executive order so our veterans are taken care of. There is no excuse for them to have to wait for care.

  3. If its an emergency and you are a VET you will get treated at a private facility till you are stabilized then they transfer y to the VA and they will bill the VA. How do I know because I went through it.

  4. Heard on the news today in Florida that republicans have voted to do away with healthy meals for school kids because it costs too much money. VA, education, healthcare, raising minimum wage, etc., etc. If it’s beneficial for the average American, republicans will vote against it. Such an evil, uncaring, opportunistic, bribed group of lazy politicians who have their own interests at heart. Republicans…time to vote every one of them out of office!!!!!!

  5. And still a large number of uneducated,noncaring, people will vote to put these idiots in office. You can talk until you are blue in the face, but they still can’t seem to get it. I guess it is just to damn easy to blame someone else for what we the people, refuse to do ourselves by voting the incompetent out of office.

  6. @djchefron. Thank you for your service. I am wondering why some veterans waited so long for care? Were their health issues not considered an emergency at first, but deteriorated with the wait? Would be nice if a hotline existed, manned by a nurse or physician who could triage them and let them know when it’s time to emergently seek help. The VA could authorize them to seek help anywhere..ie drs office, clinic or hospital. I hope you are doing well now after your emergency!

  7. They do have a hotline and when you call if its serious they tell you to go o the emergency room. I don’t know what happen and this does need to be investigated but republicans can give a rats ass about Veterans care and when they start baying it usually turns out there is no there there

  8. Most of those harmed by gop policies will be the first in line to vote gop. Don’t understand it. Don’t really want to.

  9. My homestate of Idaho. I’m a veteran. My husband is a veteran. Neither of us has health care. My children don’t have health care. We make 18 thousand a year. That’s barely enough to make ends meet. We are suffering and our representatives have turned a blind and partisan eye to our needs. It would cost nothing for Idaho to expand medicaid in our state and allow us to receive medical coverage. It would save lives.

  10. The reason is because the VA is absolutely swamped. Never in American history has the VA healthcare system been asked to do so much with so little. The VA has been severely underfunded at the same time they are trying to treat thousands of severely injured veterans. It took me months to get a basic procedure scheduled a year ago. A VA nurse explained to me that they need to hire more medical staff desperately from physicians to nurses all the way down to pharmacist just to keep up with the after affects of Bush and Cheney’s wars. Blame the US house conservatives for not allowing more funding.

  11. Dems should be crying bloody-murder over how much Blood & Treasure Bush/Cheney’s Iraq reign of terror cost America!
    How big GWB Tax Cuts for the Rich set us back. Show people how wrong current Pub Thinking is for US.

    Kevin wrote: (I can’t comment to him)
    “The reason is because the VA is absolutely swamped. Never in American history has the VA healthcare system been asked to do so much with so little. The VA has been severely underfunded at the same time they are trying to treat thousands of severely injured veterans. It took me months to get a basic procedure scheduled a year ago. A VA nurse explained to me that they need to hire more medical staff desperately from physicians to nurses all the way down to pharmacist just to keep up with the after affects of Bush and Cheney’s wars. Blame the US house conservatives for not allowing more funding”.

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