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Mitt Romney: "I said we should do what with veterans' care?" (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
This is going to be really hard to believe, I know, but Mitt Romney has just changed his position on privatizing veterans health care. He, unbelievably, picked Veterans Day to float the idea of vouchers for veterans.
"Sometimes you wonder, would there be someway to introduce some private sector competition, somebody else that could come in and say, you know each soldier gets X thousand dollars attributed to them and then they can choose whether they want to go on the government system or the private system and then it follows them, like what happens with schools in Florida where they have a voucher that follows them, who knows."

Ah, but that was then. This is now.

"I have no proposal of that nature," Romney told the Nashua Telegraph on Monday. "We had a group of veterans and said, 'tell me about the quality of your care.' Some were concerned about the quality of their health care. I said, 'what kind of options do you have, what do you think about a system that let you go to private as well as VA hospitals?' The response was mixed, but I don’t have any proposal of that nature. We have a VA system that needs to be improved and I've got no plans to change that other than to make it better and to invest more money in providing for our veterans."

Uh huh. Gosh, who could've imagined Romney would change his position on this one?

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 02:58 PM PST.

Also republished by DKos Military Veterans and Daily Kos.

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