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(Live Thread) VA chief Shinseki faces critics on Capitol Hill in first testimony since scandal
http://www.foxnews.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Staff

Posted on 05/15/2014 6:59:23 AM PDT by Whenifhow

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will testify Thursday for the first time since a burgeoning scandal broke on allegedly deadly health care delays in the VA system, as he faces calls for his resignation and demands that the VA immediately improve the way it treats America's vets.

According to prepared remarks, Shinseki will say the alleged problems in the system are unacceptable and if substantiated he will take “responsible and timely action” to remedy the situation.

“I am personally angered and saddened by any adverse consequence that a veteran might experience while in, or as a result of, our care,” he plans to say.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hospital; liveshinsekihearing; military; scandal; shinseki; shinsekihearing; vahospitals; veterans
http://www.c-span.org/video/?319302-1/veterans-affairs-hospital-delays

Veterans Affairs Hospital Delays VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee over delays at a VA hospital in Phoenix and elsewhere, and the deaths of at least 40 veterans who were allegedly put on an unofficial patient waiting list.

1 posted on 05/15/2014 6:59:23 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

http://www.c-span.org/video/?319302-1/veterans-affairs-hospital-delays

Veterans Affairs Hospital Delays VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee over delays at a VA hospital in Phoenix and elsewhere, and the deaths of at least 40 veterans who were allegedly put on an unofficial patient waiting list.


2 posted on 05/15/2014 7:00:04 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

“According to prepared remarks, Shinseki will say”......BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.

DemocRAT.


3 posted on 05/15/2014 7:03:35 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Whenifhow

Am listening. Just found your thread
Lots of calls for actions on the investigations already done.
Systemic problems. Swift action on fundamental changes

Going to be interesting what the secretary comes up with!


4 posted on 05/15/2014 7:40:42 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: Whenifhow

Sen John McCain is testifying now..

on this subject hes good...


5 posted on 05/15/2014 7:43:39 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: hoosiermama

The chair did indicate at the beginning that this would be a long hearing.

This hearing is slightly different format than most hearings lately which have been a statement from chair and then prepared remarks of testimony.

In this hearing the chair made a statement, then several congress members are making a statement before the guest.


6 posted on 05/15/2014 7:47:33 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

I feel the real issue is where does the pressure come from that makes these low level workers feel that they have to “cook the books” to look better? Is this an example of if you don’t satisfy certain requirements or meet certain criteria you could lose funding for the following year?

These people did not come up with these “gaming” techniques because they hate veterans rather they are being led in this direction. From who?


7 posted on 05/15/2014 8:27:21 AM PDT by kempster
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To: Whenifhow

Is he going to institute a triage system based on beret color?


8 posted on 05/15/2014 8:30:13 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Just watching for a little bit..Shinseki is pathetic..and whats amazing, he is totally lacking that key trait..which I learned a long time ago at Quantico..command presence..how the hell did this little twerp rise to flag rank..


9 posted on 05/15/2014 8:33:33 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: kempster

where did the pressure come from in the IRS scandal?

The pressure to provide service in the 14 day window must have come from a policy.


10 posted on 05/15/2014 8:37:45 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

I agree on both. We are starting to see where the IRS directives came from.

I’m betting we will see trails similar in this case at some point that initiated the need to do this. We have families whose lives have been forever changed by these decisions and “Administration Leave” is not appropriate action.


11 posted on 05/15/2014 8:44:44 AM PDT by kempster
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To: Whenifhow
From the Washington Post 5-May-2014:


The White House indicated Monday that President Obama will stand behind the VA chief, noting in a statement that the VA’s inspector general is investigating the alleged problems.

“The president remains confident in Secretary Shinseki’s ability to lead the department and to take appropriate action based on the IG’s findings,” the White House said in a statement.


America, meet the only General that Obama has "confidence" in. The rest he's sacked over trumped up claims of booze, or gambling, or women.

-PJ

12 posted on 05/15/2014 8:50:25 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: ken5050

Shinseki is nothing but a political lap dog for Obama. For goodness sake...Shinseki is totally lost at sea...he has no idea waht he is doing and.....Obama the lie teller could care less about our veterans!!! Both these poor excuses for human beings need to be tossed into the trash can of obscurity for eternity!!!


13 posted on 05/15/2014 8:51:46 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: kempster

I agree on both. We are starting to see where the IRS directives came from.

I’m betting we will see trails similar in this case at some point that initiated the need to do this. We have families whose lives have been forever changed by these decisions and “Administration Leave” is not appropriate action.
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Veterans Admin is what we will see in Obamacare - hopefully people will begin to see that.

so far this has been the “No Accountability” administration - this needs to change


14 posted on 05/15/2014 8:56:18 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

Wow, that’s right. I hadn’t put the two together but you are right. Government run health care is the same regardless if it is for veterans or for civilians.


15 posted on 05/15/2014 9:00:06 AM PDT by kempster
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To: Whenifhow; LucyT; WildHighlander57; maggief; crosslink

They cave and are controlled by union thugs. Is it the same union for its and veteran hospital ?

Time to hold unions accountable — break the unions!


16 posted on 05/15/2014 9:03:12 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: kempster

In the video below Betsy urges congress to take action and has a one page fix to Obamacare (amendment) to create another category - red white & blue plan - no deductible - no payment.

Vets deserve ability to go to other medical facilities.

The real issue is that Obamacare needs to go and have heard Betsy say that, but here she is trying to give a way for parties to work together to alleviate the VA issues quickly.

Obamacare - Failing Our Heroes - Convicts Covered, But Vets Waiting For Care - Fox & Friends

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amYPOsBKyP0


17 posted on 05/15/2014 9:04:49 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

It is obvious for all to see that the Democrats are stalling Veterans to use the money to buy votes.


18 posted on 05/15/2014 9:11:03 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Whenifhow

Mr. Blake made a good point about specialized care for veterans that would not be available in the private sector.


19 posted on 05/15/2014 9:16:05 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

Sen Mike Johanns says that veterans should be able to go to a private doctor and the govt pay for it if they have to wait more than 2 weeks for the VA...

good luck with that...

it use to be called fee based care and it still had a waiting time of months..

BTW Obama did away with fee based care...

we cant go to the private doctors and hospitals any more...


20 posted on 05/15/2014 10:12:24 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

Such care is still available but on a very limited basis. “Fee Basis” is now called “non-VA care.” See www.nonvacare.va.gov


21 posted on 05/15/2014 10:45:52 AM PDT by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Probably, the little twerps father was in the SS.


22 posted on 05/15/2014 10:52:03 AM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: Little Bill

You sure about that? Couldn’t find anything. He was born in Hawaii and went to West Point.


23 posted on 05/15/2014 10:55:55 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Whenifhow

Disgusted Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. BLASTS Shinseki’s indifference and lack of conviction at VA hearing

http://therightscoop.com/disgusted-retired-marine-gunnery-sgt-blasts-shinsekis-indifference-and-lack-of-conviction-at-va-hearing/

V.A. Scandal - Shinseki: “Mad As Hell” Over Treatment Delay Allegations - Happening Now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ljeo3_jK4s


24 posted on 05/15/2014 11:20:17 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Little Bill

Me very, very bad, I was wrong and grovel.

I was thinking of:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Shalikashvili


25 posted on 05/15/2014 11:28:52 AM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: Whenifhow

2nd letter to General Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veteran Affairs

September 11, 2012

To: General Eric Shinseki, U.S. Army, retired
Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

Re: The certified letter I sent to your office November 11, 2011 (Veterans Day) inviting the VA to Monitor Our Study on the Breakthrough Remedy for Veteran Suicide and to announce the release of my E-book titled: Veteran Suicide Breakthrough. This book brings to light, the beginning of the end to the veterans suicide epidemic. Apparently the VA is unaware of the alternative breakthrough solution for the military’s combat veterans currently suffering with PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and how to prevent 80-90% of veteran suicides, as discovered by Harvard Medical School.

Dear General Shinseki,

Why didn’t you or your staff reply to my 2011 letter regarding the Harvard discovered solution for 80-90% of veteran suicides? If Lithium Orotate were to be prescribed to all veterans with suicidal mood disorders, all of the credible, well-documented evidence published in medical journals and by the American Psychologists Association, suggest and imply that Lithium Orotate would essentially shut down the present epidemic of veteran suicides! Is it possible someone failed to show you my letter?

As we indicated in the introductory letter to you last year, we are moving forward with our research to end the veteran suicide epidemic. As I indicated in the original letter to you, if we did not hear from you regarding this mission, then we would naturally assume that the VA and you are part of the problem rather than the solution to the veteran suicide epidemic.

We are now taking this mission to the Military Moms who will no doubt make sure that everyone understands the importance of this project and our ultimate success, to the embarrassment of the VA.

We are very disappointed you have chosen not to assist in this endeavor, but certainly not surprised.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mark Millar

PS We have sent this letter to you certified, with a return receipt to verify you have received it. IS IT REASONABLE FOR OUR VETERANS, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS TO LOOK FORWARD TO AND DESERVE YOUR WRITTEN RESPONSE; SO WE MAY POST IT ON OUR NEW WEBSITE?


26 posted on 05/15/2014 11:35:01 AM PDT by kcvl
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Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, one of the senators who has called on Shinseki to resign, sent a letter to Shinseki on Tuesday asking him to give “direct, clear answers” in his testimony Thursday to several specific questions.

“According to recent reports, you have ordered a ‘face-to-face audit’ of all Department of Veterans Affairs clinics,” Cornyn wrote. “Can you describe in detail how you intend for this audit to be conducted, its timeline for completion, and what measures are being taken to ensure these audits are conducted in an independent and transparent manner?”

Cornyn also demanded answers about specific claims of misconduct.

“An Austin-based surgeon recently contacted my office to inform me he is not accepting any further subcontracts from the VA due to failures in patient care that he has personally witnessed,” Cornyn wrote, relaying how the surgeon informed the VA that a veteran in its care needed immediate chemotherapy to treat laryngeal cancer. “Almost two months later, he followed up on his case only to learn the VA never provided chemotherapy, with no good excuse as to why. The veteran died several days later,” Cornyn wrote.

Cornyn wrote that the administration’s response to these troubling revelations “has been lethargic and its inaction puzzling.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/under-fire-for-va-scandal-eric-shinseki-faces-grilling-from-congress/


27 posted on 05/15/2014 11:37:05 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Whenifhow
That was one angry Marine!!! I saw her live on FOX (Insiders ?) and she ripped Obama and Shinseki a new one. Would not want her after me!

She did report 700 vets in Ohio contracted Legionnaire's disease. That is scary stuff...

28 posted on 05/15/2014 1:56:55 PM PDT by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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