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Topic - Dan Benishek
As Veterans Day arrives, members of Congress have plenty of proposals on how to honor them — including one Iowa Democrat, Rep. Bruce L. Braley, who has written a bill granting many veterans in the private sector the day off.
House Republicans said Wednesday that the Veterans Affairs Department may not be ready to handle hundreds of thousands of veterans who may sign up for health benefits next year to meet the new individual mandate under President Obama's health-care law.
Liberal and environmental groups that have been dramatically outspent in the 2012 election cycle are nevertheless wielding outsized influence by focusing their campaign cash on down-ballot races that typically see comparatively low levels of spending.
Shortly after Rep. Dan Benishek arrived in Washington, staffers raised a banner that proclaimed to visitors in his Capitol Hill suite: "If you are here to ask for more money, you're in the wrong office!"
But Rep. Dan Benishek, Michigan Republican, said he sees a "real disaster in the making," because veterans are unlikely to relinquish their VA health benefits.
"If they have a choice between VA and Medicaid, they're going to go with the VA every time," Mr. Benishek said, fearing the department did not have an adequate contingency plan if many more veterans flooded the rolls than expected.