From the article:
Congress is exploring a dramatic transformation of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals that would merge them with Department of Defense (DOD) facilities and treat active duty soldiers and veterans side by side.
Many veterans and lawmakers believe the VA healthcare system is in dire need of complete overhaul. The idea of simply using the VA's budget to put all veterans on private insurance has been widely touted. Congress has also been quietly exploring a change that would shake up the VA by taking it in the opposite direction of privatization — militarization.
This sounds interesting. At least someone is thinking outside the box. I've been wondering about just providing commercial insurance for a while.