Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is asking President Obama to make sure veterans get the care they need, even if it is outside of the Veteran Affairs system.
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Gabbard sent a letter to the president calling on him to use his executive powers to allow veterans to obtain health care through the private health care system.
"The VA system is broken right now. It needs to be fixed in a very systemic way. We cannot allow our veterans to wait another day," said U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. "I'm calling on the president and urgently requesting that he use his executive power to make it so all veterans can access medical care within the private heathcare system using their VA ID card as their eligibility."
Gabbard says the VA would pay the bill for any needed services.
She added that while the request seems daunting, America has found a way out of other crisises before.Meanwhile, the senate is set to take up a new bill aimed at the short-term health care needs of veterans caught in the recent scandal.
The bill would allow veterans facing long delays to get care outside the VA system at private doctors' offices, health centers, or military bases.
This comes after a federal investigation found that some 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten."