National Commander Of Disabled American Veterans Talks Health Care And Other Issues Affecting His Members

July 13, 2017

Senate Republicans released the latest version of their proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. The new bill includes $43 billion more in funding for opioid treatments, higher incentives for insurers to take on high-risk patients and it allows insurers to offer bare-bones plans that may appeal to healthier individuals. It would still repeal the individual and employer mandates and cut Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars, but it does keep some other Obamacare taxes on high-income Americans. A lot of other groups are watching the new plan closely – including those with preexisting conditions, and those who need chronic care – many of whom are veterans.

David Riley is the National Commander of Disabled American Veterans, the first Coast Guard veteran and quadruple amputee to lead the group. He joined Jim to discuss.

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