Bernie Sanders Terrifies Republicans By Pointing Out We Have a War, Not a VA Problem


Here is a statement that is sure to terrify Republicans. On MSNBC today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed how the nation has a war problem, not a VA problem.


Towards the end of the interview with Andrea Mitchell, Sen. Sanders said, “The bottom line here, I would hope that as a country, is that we fully understand the cost of war. And Andrea let me tell you, I think many people do not. We’re not just talking about the thousands of people who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. We’re talking about 200,000 men and women who came home with PTSD and TBI. We’re talking about people who came home without legs, without arms, without hearing, and without eyesight, and if this country stands for anything, what we have got to say is that we are going to provide adequate funding to make sure that every person who is entitled to those healthcare services gets the best healthcare they can and they get it in a timely manner.”

Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have built 27 new VA facilities and clinics in February. Sen. Sanders is working with the White House to bring the bill to improve care for our vets back, but Republicans like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are already complaining about the $2.1 billion a year cost for ten years. In an exchange with Sen. Rubio on the Senate floor, Sen. Sanders said, “If you think it’s too expensive to take care of our veterans then don’t send them to war.”

Sen. Sanders has been talking about the one thing that Republicans do not want to discuss. Congressional Republicans want to act as if the issues at the VA are completely independent of the two wars that they started in the last decade. Our nation promises our military personnel medical care. Republicans are trying to break that promise by acting like the million plus American troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan have nothing to do with the problems at the VA.

There wouldn’t be as much of a backlog if Republicans weren’t so intent on creating more wounded vets.

The long term solution to this problem is an adequately funded VA that handle the influx of patients. The common sense solution suggests that there wouldn’t be a backlog if the VA were adequately staffed and funded. The culture of the VA bureaucracy needs to be reformed, but the system also needs to be funded and expanded in order to keep up with increasing demand.

Republicans don’t want to hear this, but wars create veterans, and veterans need medical care. This is why the VA is symptom of America’s war problem.

22 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Terrifies Republicans By Pointing Out We Have a War, Not a VA Problem”

  1. The way the Teapublicans are acting, they must think that when sending our troops to war that either no one gets hurt, or none are coming back. With denial of funding I suspect it is the latter. I would hope that these idiots will be removed from office in November. I apologize if this is offensive to any one. Just my thoughts.

  2. What he should also have added is “if we as a country can come up with the money to, buy the weapons we use in these wars and send our troops into battle, while making the purveyors of those weapons very rich, then why can’t we come up with the money required to heal the victims of those wars?”

  3. Perspective: The world spent $1735 Billion on war in 2012. It would take approximately $135 Billion to totally eradicate Poverty. There are 492 billionaires living in the US and 16 million kids living in poverty.

  4. Kudos to Sanders. Yet this is lame and embarrassing because Republicans knew exactly what they has done to veterans. They have sheer audacity to point their Koch property fingers toward Democrats and blame it all on President Obama. Mitch McConnell are proudly leading the charge and attempt to glorify his own image for his biggest re-election in his career.

  5. The refusal of Republicans to help veterans and the V A must be all over the News EVERY day. Let them never forget how they voted against Americans.

  6. From what I recall, It’s the Obama Admin that reduced Veteran’s benefits 5% across the board in January. Complaining about the cost?

  7. Well you recall wrong but seeing you know nothing I will be kind to you
    President Barack Obama on Saturday signed separate measures into law to lift the federal debt limit and restore benefits that had been cut for younger military retirees.

    You remember the debt limit that you yahoos said wasn’t important that cut benefits? I didn’t think so since your faux news don’t mention that.You big dummy

  8. Many of us were told by our mothers that if we can’t say anything nice we shouldn’t say anything at all. For you and those like you I would say that if you don’t know what you are talking about you shouldn’t say anything at all.

  9. I absolutely agree with you, they tend to listen to a media that keeps breeding hate, not facts, and everything that goes wrong is Pres.Obama’s fault…I can’t believe people feed into this without knowing facts…

  10. 113th Congress” The beginning of the end of Politics as we know it! For the People is long gone and what took it’s place is for the Bible users of big Corporate and little or no Government theist’s. The demise of our Democratic System will allow for unregulated Mayhem within all systems of the lower and middle class societies. Giant Oil is Fracking us all to Hell and has the Military and Politicians in their Pockets of Greed!

  11. Bernie Saunders is one of the very few politicians I have the slighest respect for. I would vote for him if I could.. Instead I can just vote AGAINST Burr.

  12. Who would have thought? If a nation fights two long wars at the same time with soldiers redeploying multiple times. And a nation has thousands of troops coming home with injuries of the most severe type both physical and mental. Whilst these wars are being fought our brilliant GOP decides to pass a round of massive budget busting tax cuts mostly for those who do not need them. Throw in a austere budget funding our nation at a time of economic hardship could the VA possibly become oh I don’t know SWAMPED! Remarkably the one party who actually cares for our veterans at heart will be the party who pays a political price. God bless America!

  13. Yep, I marched against Iraq knowing we would see the same treatment of the vets as Viet Nam and the Gulf War. As an RN since ’77, the fact that we don’t consider the debts we owe our vets the first to be paid is an abomination.

    Let me enlarge on your comment about the vets returning with worse mental and physical conditions than ever. Too true on both counts. The number of explosions many were near enough to have mental damage from the wave force even though they had no physical injuries has heavily multiplied the TBI diagnoses along with explosive injuries.

    The state of US military field medicine was so high they saved soldiers from horrendous injuries (think guts and genitals along with limbs) that were unthinkable a decade + ago. All that means more vets with more medical and physical needs for the rest of their lives, not to mention mental health treatment.

    The VA needs more funding. Take it out of the MIC budget.

  14. I have a secret crush on Bernie. Wish every politician were like him. I trust him.
    We owe so much more to the Vets than the Republic carcasses will ever want to pay. Yes I said carcasses because that is exactly what they are. A bunch of dead meat who never do anything but enrich their personal lives and those of the wealthy. They always have money to spend on wars but not on the Vets or any other American. Most of them avoid the military like the plague. Ever see Ryan in a uniform. Exercise boy just took from this country. Another taker,not maker.

  15. Famous Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney and Richard Cheney were draft dodgers during the Viet Nam War. I have lots of trouble watching these guys hold their hands over their hearts as the flag goes by at parades, a flag they chose not to defend. GRRRRR!

  16. You my friend are a dipshit…get your facts straight. You cannot twist the truth just smother it suits you…

    Origins: Although Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was of conscription age during the Vietnam War, he neither was drafted for nor enlisted in the U.S. armed forces at that time. He received a total

    of four draft deferments between 1965 and 1970, three for academic studies (i.e., student deferments) and one for serving as a ‘minister of religion’ while performing Mormon missionary work in France. By the time his deferments ended, Mitt Romney’s birth date had been drawn at number 300 in the Selective Service lottery; since the highest lottery number called for that group was 195, Romney was not drafted into the service.

  17. No matter what the republicans to harm active duty military members, veterans and their families, these people will still vote republican.

  18. Whether or not Mittens, Newt and any other chickenhawk were drafted or not, they were not willing to sign up to serve their country. Many men were not drafted but chose o sign up.

  19. Agreed, but first, we have to get Kay reelected, then we have 2 years to prepare to show North Carolinians how much of a tool for the wealthy and corporate America that he is . . . kinda like Tom Tillis.

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