Posted by Debra Worley - email
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Congressman Mike McIntyre was in Wilmington on Veteran's Day eve with a big announcement on healthcare for area vets.
McIntyre talked about plans to build a new full service VA healthcare facility in the Wilmington are by June 2011.
The 100,000 square foot facility will include an all VA staff, providing many services not available now in the current out patient clinic. Right now, veterans have to drive to Fayetteville to receive those services.
"We served our country well, and I was proud and I'd even serve again," said Korean War Veteran Franklin Randolph. "To have to travel the distance for the services we need is awful."
McIntyre said federal dollars will pay for the $95 million faintly, but the location has not yet been finalized.
In regards to the healthcare reform bill, McIntyre said he was one of 39 Democrats who voted against it. The bill, however, did pass the House Saturday night by five votes.
The congressman said he could not justify the astronomical cost of the package, adding another trillion or more dollars onto an escalating national debt.
"The biggest concern I had is that it tried to address coverage, but did not address the costs of healthcare," said McIntyre. "If you try to keep up with the increased cost, you'll always be falling behind. So we've got to address the cost themselves of the services, the skyrocketing insurance premiums and the cost of services Will it pass the senate? Not this bill."
McIntyre said he doesn't think a healthcare reform package will pass through both Houses until sometime in 2010.
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