Smith visits Veterans Home Tuesday

During a visit with area veterans Tuesday, 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith heard many questions and concerns regarding healthcare issues facing veterans and their families.

Smith told KNEB News he shares their frustration, and said congress needs to focus on the people who are receiving healthcare, whether inside the VA or civilian environments. He said bureaucracy can be frustrating, which is why they need to pursue systems that are patient centered. He said patients need to be the center of the action, and not the government. Smith said "goverment restrictions with regard to healthcare do not produce positive healthcare outcomes."

Smith also heard vets concerns about possible cuts due to the pending sequestration budget, a result of last summer's debt ceiling deal, which cut $1 trillion in government spending over the next decade outright and then put responsibility for finding another $1.2 trillion on Congress. Because Congress failed to agree on the mixture of lower spending and higher taxes to hit that figure, a mechanism in the debt ceiling-raising legislation causes automatic spending decreases to hit the $1.2 trillion figure: about $109 billion in lower government spending every year for the next decade.

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