Changes to VA need to be focused on ensuring veterans receive care

Members of Congress finally are showing some overdue concern about another outrage at the Department of Veterans Affairs. They are demanding an explanation for why a new VA hospital in the Denver area is costing taxpayers nearly $1.7 billion.

The original estimate for the facility was approximately one-third of that.

Enormous cost overruns on government projects are, sad to say, normal. But this one has gone more than $1 billion over budget.

Heads should roll at the VA, of course. Will they? Probably not.

But in deciding what to do about the VA, lawmakers should ask themselves this: How much would $1 billion have accomplished to ensure veterans get the good, expeditious health care treatment they deserve from the VA?