CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON PLAN TO PRIVATIZE VETERANS CARE

March 2, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | CA-33) made the following statement in response to a report issued by the Concerned Veterans of America (CVA) calling for the privatization of veterans’ care in America.  The CVA is a partisan political organization largely funded by Charles and David Koch.

“As an Air Force Veteran and the Member of Congress representing the nation’s largest VA hospital, I oppose any effort to privatize VA.  My opposition to privatization is guided by the voices of veteran leaders in my district, who understand that urgent improvements at VA are the answer, not tearing the VA system down brick by brick.  The privatization plan proposed by Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) is not a credible way to guarantee the best care for America’s veterans.  The CVA plan caters to the whims of the billionaire Koch Brothers and fails to put Veterans and their needs first.  Our nation’s warriors deserve timely access to the highest quality care, not an unserious solution cooked up by partisan ideologues.”