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Lawmakers' costly plan to fix Veterans Affairs is temporary, or not
Lawmakers' costly plan to fix Veterans Affairs is temporary, or not

When it passed legislation to fix the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, Congress managed to do two things lawmakers have often vowed to avoid: create a new benefit program and fail to pay for it. The $16.3-billion measure, which President Obama plans to sign into law Thursday, aims to solve the alarming backlog for care at VA facilities by allowing veterans to see private doctors at the government's expense. Veterans can use the new option if they face a wait of 30 days or more or live more than 40 miles from a VA facility. Creating that new benefit would allow many more veterans to get care, but would increase spending by $10 billion, added to the deficit. The rest of the money...

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