On Fixing the VA: A Note (By DALE O. CLONINGER)

Pundits of all stripes agree that fixing the ills afflicting the Veterans Administration is a daunting task and will require someone with a ‘particular set of skills’.  However, much of the heavy lifting can be borne by competitive forces set in motion by allowing veterans a choice of medical care providers.

Proposals to give veterans a choice of health care providers have focused on providing prompt and effective care thereby significantly enhancing veterans’ chances of recovery or lessening their discomfort.  While this goal is first and foremost there is another purpose served, the creation of competitive forces that will not only improve care but could also change the culture within the VA.

Assume under such a plan that:
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