Thousands of sick Marine veterans and their families might be on the verge of taking a giant leap toward receiving health care for illnesses they suffered from decades of water contamination at Marines Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Legislation that has languished for years was expected to be voted on in the full Senate this week under an across-the-aisle deal between the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. But a South Carolina senator has blocked the bill, saying he worries about fraud.
Happily DeMint blinked and the bill passed the Senate. But it’s the thought that counts. Better the sick troops should suffer than that some hypothetical person might commit fraud. In fact, all help for all needy troops who have sacrificed–indeed all care for anybody–should be forbidden because somebody somewhere might cheat.