Rep. Andy Harris (R., Md.) is a Navy vet and a medical doctor who spent years at the VA. He has probably forgotten more about health care issues for our veterans than most congressmen will ever know. And he wants vets to have a choice so they can opt out of the government-run bureaucracy and access the private health care system.
This morning I interviewed Harris on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C., and cited my Washington Free Beacon colleague Andrew Stiles' terrific article exposing how liberal pundits and politicians held the VA health system up as a "huge policy success story, which offers important lessons for future health reform."
Harris scoffed at the notion and instead proclaimed his support for letting vets out of the government system that has so often failed them.
"I’ve held for years that we should give every Veteran the ability to voucher out of the VA and go private healthcare system," Harris said. "Every single veteran should have a choice."
Despite the well-meaning doctors who are sometimes able to provide veterans with good care, Harris says the problem with the VA is that government-run healthcare systems don't work.