This is desperation. During a recent campaign stop at the American Legion hall in Springfield, Virginia, Romney attempted to tie Obama’s supposed defense cuts to the very real crisis of military suicides. But veterans’ healthcare is exempt from sequestration, and Obama has previously signed an executive order that would give the Veterans Administration badly-needed mental health resources. Meanwhile, Romney wants to gut veterans’ healthcare and replace it with a voucher system, which would surely price out many. At Steve Benen wrote regarding a New England Journal of Medicine study comparing state vs. private-care:
Yes, the taxpayer-financed, government-run V.A. hospitals are some of the finest medical facilities in the country. That is, by the way, as it should be — men and women in uniform put their lives on the line for us, and providing them with world-class medical care and facilities is the least the country can do in return. In this case, it just so happens that world-class care comes in government-run facilities.