U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., ripped into President Joe Biden and the “disaster” his policies have wrought on the southern U.S. border, specifically criticizing the shifting of veteran medical resources to illegal immigrants.
He noted in an interview with Fox News Digital that lines at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities are “getting longer” as the Biden administration doles out veteran healthcare services to those who illegally came into the country.
“[Biden’s] decided, OK, we’ve got to feed all these 10 million people we’ve let come across the border, we’ve got to house them, and we’ve got to give them health care,” Tuberville told the outlet.
“They’ve opened up care from the doctors in these [VA] community care systems. The lines now in the VAs are getting longer. Our funds that are supposed to go to the veterans are going to these illegal immigrants that are coming across,” he added.
Tuberville, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, alongside Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced the “No VA Resources for Illegal Aliens Act” in December, a measure aimed at prohibiting VA healthcare resources from being used for illegal migrants.
Fox News reported:
When an illegal migrant under ICE detention requires health care, they are typically treated onsite by medical professionals. However, if specialist or emergency care is required, they may be taken to an independent private provider.
In such cases, ICE contracts with the VA’s Financial Service Center (VA-FSC) to process reimbursements to those providers. According to a report from July, ICE has hundreds of letters of understanding in which ICE’s Health Service Corps (IHSC) will reimburse providers at Medicare rates. That uses the VA-FSC’s Healthcare Claims Processing System, which a portal that allows providers to submit and view claims and access other resources.
In December, a former veterans’ affairs adviser told Fox News Digital there was a “history of a backlog of medical claims which has resulted in veterans getting bills they shouldn’t be getting, and … having dissatisfied community care providers who are not getting paid in a timely manner.”
“Tuberville lamented that the VA was already not able to provide care for all 19 million veterans living across the country and that the community systems he mentioned had helped reduce wait times until the border crisis began to get worse,” Fox News noted.
“Joe Biden is putting illegal immigrants over America’s veterans,” Tuberville said in a statement in December.. “It is outrageous. Our veterans should not be forced to wait in long lines at VA medical centers and clinics to get the care they EARNED while illegal immigrants waltz across our open border and get taxpayer-funded healthcare they NEVER earned.”
The senator is now hoping to get more bipartisan support for the bill.
“I think we’ve got a great opportunity to get this, maybe not to a vote, but at least where we discuss it on the floor, where the American people start to understand it,” he said. “An election year is a great year to try to get some kind of bipartisan help on any type of bill, especially when it comes to the veterans. That means so much to us here in our country.”
He further castigated Biden on the disastrous handling of the border and called out Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as a “globalist” with no interest in walls or borders.
“If we don’t get a guy like President Trump in office, heaven help us. I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Tuberville said.
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