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February 4, 2013

CONFER: Vouchers for veterans

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The best way to achieve this is through some sort of voucher system, whereby veterans would receive government-funded insurance or their providers would receive publicly-paid reimbursement. It’s a simple concept that would allow the vets to escape the ills of the VA system while pursuing the best care at some of America’s best facilities.

The voucher system would not be dissimilar to Medicaid, through which recipients receive stellar care and benefits that far rival what most privately-insured individuals get. If that Cadillac insurance system can work so well for non-contributors, why shouldn’t something similar — or better — work for those who did contribute to the greatness of our nation?

Simply put, choice and safety are two things that we can — and should — offer our veterans. What we do now affords neither. It’s time for changes … why expose them to ongoing health scares after everything they’ve done for us?

Bob Confer is a Gasport resident and vice president of Confer Plastics Inc. in North Tonawanda. His column is published on Mondays. Email him at bobconfer@juno.com.

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