Biden May Take Health Care Availability Away From Veterans

Biden May Take Health Care Availability Away From Veterans

( – As candidate Joe Biden, he promised voters he would honor America’s “one truly sacred obligation” by properly arming and equipping the nation’s troops and caring for them while deployed overseas and after their return. Yet, actions speak louder than words, and his recent decision to open the floodgates at the nation’s southern border could take healthcare services away from veterans.

On April 1, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the Biden administration’s decision to terminate the enforcement of the Title 42 order. The Trump-era policy required the expulsion of migrants arriving at the border as part of an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Team Biden decided to rescind the order effective May 23.

On April 13, 54 House Republicans sent a letter to Sec. Mayorkas discussing their concerns regarding the possible impact of the decision to eliminate Title 42 enforcement on veterans.

The Representatives pointed out recent data indicated eliminating Title 42 enforcement could result in more than 540,000 border encounters a month, more than double the previous record of 220,063 set in March 2000. Currently, the Customs and Border Protection agency lacks adequate personnel to handle a surge of that magnitude, leading some to speculate the DHS would have to send medical personnel from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help examine migrants at detention centers.

As the letter explained, current wait times for veterans to see VA doctors average 22 days and can take as long as 42. A reduction in medical personnel due to the anticipated border surge could further delay timely healthcare availability for veterans.

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