Why do veterans still keep supporting Republicans:
The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan measure aimed at easing healthcare delays for veterans by giving them more access to private care and allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to open more clinics and hire more medical staff.
The 93-3 vote in the Democratic-led Senate followed unanimous passage on Tuesday in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives of a similar bill to address a crisis that has embarrassed the Obama administration and prompted Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to quit.
Lawmakers must now iron out differences between the House and Senate versions before voting on a final package that could be signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The Senate measure matches several provisions passed by the House to address a crisis unfolding in the run-up to November’s congressional elections.
The senators who authored the bill emphasized the need for urgency. It was crafted by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, and Republican John McCain of Arizona, a state where 40 veterans are said to have died while waiting months for appointments at VA clinics in Phoenix.
“If there is a definition of emergency, I would say that this legislation fits,” McCain said. “We’ve got to get a good bill on the president’s desk next week,” Sanders said.
Before passing the bill, senators voted 75-19 to turn aside objections to its cost raised by Republican Jeff Sessions of Alabama. “I feel strongly we’ve got to do the right thing for our veterans. But I don’t think we should create a blank check, an unlimited entitlement program, now,” Sessions said.
One of the greatest tricks has been the framing of the word entitlement. These veterans are actually ENTITLED to these benefits, because we made promises to them. Just like senior citizens are ENTITLED to collect social security, because they paid into the system their entire lives. Just like people are ENTITLED to Medicare benefits because they have paid into the system their entire lives. They aren’t getting something they aren’t owed, they are just getting what they are ENTITLED to because of their explicit participation in the social contract.
But back to the point, this racist amoral scumbag is also a total hawk, and has never found a war for which he won’t write a blank check. But when it comes to taking care of the people he sends into hell. Well, fuck them.