My father is a Vietnam vet who for most of my life struggled with PTSD and several other physical ailments. I watched his condition deteriorate through years of drug and alcohol abuse and survived many a long night of abuse as a result of it. I did not understand at the time that my father was "self medicating" his condition. Still he put food on the table and provided for his family.
Finally after a 30 year battle he was hospitalized and afforded disability benefits by the veterans administration. He has since had several physical problems and has struggled with the level of care that he gets from the Veterans Administration. This includes having to make a 2 hour drive for every appointments. I think inspite of many of the good people that work there the veterans administration gives us a good insight into what nationalized healthcare would be like. That being said I ran an idea by my dad and would like your opinions.
Instead of the Government running a healthcare system for non-active duty retirees the government should simply pay an appropriate portion of private health insurance for all former military. Vets would get to choose amongst several approved plans and the government would pay a percentage based the soldiers eligibility for VA Care under the old system. Given the troubles my father has had with his care up until now and the fact that he believes his government would just as soon see him expire, he thought it was a great proposal.
I'm just curious if anyone can think of positives and negatives to this idea.