Obama wants to strip funding from veterans’ medical choice program


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-wants-to-strip-funding-from-veterans-medical-choice-program/article/2559681?utm_campaign=Fox%20News&utm_source=foxnews.com&utm_medium=feed

President Obama’s 2016 budget blueprint proposes rolling back a program that gives veterans the right to receive faster care outside of the long waitlists at the troubled Veterans Affairs medical system.

Obama signed the Veterans Choice Program into law in August following months of partisan wrangling on Capitol Hill that finally led to a compromise measure to overhaul the agency.

The Veterans Choice Program was a key GOP provision in the deal.

Authored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the measure provides “choice” cards to veterans that can be used to obtain medical care at designated facilities outside of the VA system.

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