Why we should privatize the VA

We've tried it Obama's way. It's time to give McCain's plan a whirl.

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During the home stretch of the 2008 presidential campaign, voters' focus fell squarely on the free-falling economy. But it's easy to forget that in the campaign's earlier days, veterans care was a hot topic, in part as a proxy fight over the war in Iraq, which had already started to wind down. Both nominees proposed very different approaches to improving care and access to veterans. It's time to admit that the U.S. made the wrong choice.

John McCain and Barack Obama agreed on this much: Veterans had to wait too long to get access to medical care, and even when they did get access, the quality of care did not always meet the highest standard. This situation was hardly new even then, but an influx of wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan had made the situation more acute. As early as the fall of 2007, Obama made the issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs a major part of his health-care policy message, and McCain — a wounded vet himself — did as well.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for HotAir.com. His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.