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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Veterans
June 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

VA scandal: Private care can reduce travel distance, waits

An excellent column on “Socialized system caused VA issues” [Opinion, June 17] by guest columnist Roger Stark, a health-care policy analyst at the Washington Policy Center, who is also a retired physician. He has very valid points leading to: “There is no reason to duplicate our excellent private health-care system with a cumbersome, costly,…


Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: health care, Larry Brickman, VA

June 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM

VA health-care scandal: Stories of “socialized” care

Guest columnist Roger Stark’s criticism of the Veterans Affairs health-care system is, from all I read, legitimate ["VA wait-lists a result of socialized health care," Opinion, June 16]. However, blaming  government-operated “socialized medicine” for the problems at the VA is much too simplistic. The people who run the system cause the problem. Government-run universal health care and universal…


Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: health care, James Behrend, Roger Stark

June 2, 2014 at 5:54 AM

VA scandal: A personal story of the good the VA does

Since the Veterans Affairs is the current scapegoat du jour, I want to offer some words of support for the beleaguered agency [“Shinseki resigns amid vets’ health care problems,” Nation & World, May 30]. In 2010, my father visited the VA clinic in Wenatchee where the doctor noticed an irregularity on his left ear,…


Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: Eric Shinseki, Paula Joneli, veterans

May 14, 2014 at 7:04 AM

VA hospital scandal: Problems stem from spending cuts by Congress

We already know that the problems in the Phoenix VA hospital were not an isolated occurrence [“House seeks records tied to fatal delays at VA hospital,” Nation & World, May 8]. Other VA facilities in Colorado and Texas are now said to have participated in similar activities of record falsification in an effort to…


Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: Hank Thomas, health care, Phoenix VA hospital