04 Oct '17, 2pm

House Democrats boycott VA health event, complicating reform plans:

WASHINGTON — Plans to overhaul veterans health care this fall could be in jeopardy after House Democrats boycotted a supposedly friendly roundtable discussion on the issue Tuesday over the inclusion of a Republican-linked advocacy group they insist is more interested in political attacks than policy crafting. The controversy comes just a few weeks before House lawmakers are planning to fast-track new legislation surrounding outside care programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, including the problematic Choice program. The topic was already sensitive within the veterans community before the boycott, with concerns about shifting funding to private-sector physicians and the possibility of a slow dismantling of VA responsibilities. But tensions grew this week when Democrats on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee refused to attend Tuesday’s event because of the presenc...

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