My answer to What would would be the impact if the Veterans Administration (VA) was expanded to cover all Americans…
Answer by Ken Larson:
The Economist article is well written for its stated purpose. But your idea takes liberty with its informative intent.
The U.S. Veterans Administration is funded 100% with government funds. It is the second largest agency of the federal government. Its focus is on veteran health care and veteran needs and does not presently work with insurance companies.
Expanding the VA to include everyone would bring the U.S. health care system totally under the umbrella of tax payer funding.
The medical health care for profit insurance segment of the economy would have to be integrated with the VA with substantial operating modifications to both organizations to avoid bankrupting the industry and the country. Government and industry do not mesh well in that regard.
Veterans health care would then take a backseat to the overall population. Only 1% of the population has served in the military in the last 15 years.