The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization with 2.4 million members worldwide, recently told Congress that the health care the Department of Veterans Affairs provides to veterans is more cost-effective and superior than that provided by the private sector.
Testifying before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, Louis Celli, director of The American Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, rejected a proposal that some or all of the VA should be privatized.
“The American Legion believes that this concept is shortsighted, prohibitively expensive, and fails to take into consideration the specialized care that veterans receive – and deserve – at VA,” Celli said. “In addition to saving taxpayer money, and having one of the highest patient satisfaction rates in the industry, VA is a driving factor in innovative technology, and serves as a teaching hospital for hundreds of doctors every year. No commercial health-care system in the United States can say the same.”