VA Workers And Veterans Groups Against Proposed Changes

A Commission Appointed By Congress Is Reviewing Plan To Close VA Facilities

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Workers at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in Madison and Milwaukee rallied Wednesday to protest changes they fear could result in lost jobs.

The VA has shifted some health care to private providers to try to alleviate long wait times. Veterans groups and VA employees are concerned that could lead to privatization.

“Nobody says we need to abandon the mission if things aren’t working well. We stand together and we fix them,” said Amber Mack, president of Local 1732, part of the American Federation of Government Employees. “We don’t just get rid of everything and give it to somebody else to fix.”

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The congressionally appointed Commission on Care reviewed a report that looks at gradually closing VA facilities. A slim majority of commissioners were against the plan in which the VA would only pay for health care, not provide it.