Skip to comments.Obama Was Warned About VA 'Death Panels' 5 Years ago
Posted on 05/20/2014 9:37:15 AM PDT by raptor22
Scandal: Documents show the president was told by Veterans Administration officials during his transition briefings that he shouldn't trust the wait time and treatment scheduling data being reported by local VA centers.
On April 9, 2009, with his Secretary of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Eric Shinseki by his side, President Obama said, "As long as I'm commander in chief, I promise that we will work tirelessly to meet that mission and make sure that all those who wear this nation's uniform, know this when you come home to America, America will be there for you."
True, he has significantly increased VA funding on his watch. This upcoming fiscal year Obama requested a 3% boost for the Veterans Affairs budget. Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request points out he has increased the VA discretionary budget by 35.2% since 2009.
The question amid this scandal is just how this taxpayer money was spent.
"I am amazed this (scandal) is still happening, given the big increase in resources that the department has received," says Phillip Carter of the Center for a New American Security.
Maybe not so amazing when you consider that according to records reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon, the VA has spent $489 million to upgrade conference rooms, buy drapes and purchase office furniture during the past
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Oh no! He JUST found out about all this when “we all did”....When the reporters found out....he said so.....you’ve misinterpreted the context of Candidate Obama with the context of a foreign Muslim who hates America.
Why on earth would one believe he even gives a crap about this other than how it affects his numbers?
The buck should stop with the Oval Office I suppose (you KNOW it would if W were in now), but it seems to me it’s an attitude issue within the VA ranks.
If the workers and low-to-mid level management had the mentality of the WWII generation, I bet most of this would not have happened.
It is more than time. Just how much more lawlessness does this country have to endure by these cons? With each unresolved scandal that unfolds, Obama remains untouched. He is never held accountable and therefore becomes more powerful, thus more dangerous.
“Warned?” Doesn’t that imply that he’d want to do something about it? Hahahahaha!
The VA has had these problems for decades and they have only gotten worse under Obama. One cause of the problem is the the federal government paying employees bonuses giving them ample incentive to game the system for their own gain. Ditto for the IRS. Federal employees know they will never be fired and at worse will be retired with full benefits.
THE V.A. DEATH PANEL SCANDAL IS A PREVIEW OF THE COMMING OBAMACARE DEATH PANELS.
Obamacare: The Unimaginable Suffering That Awaits Us
Posted By John Perazzo On November 5, 2013 In Daily Mailer,FrontPage |
There is a vital reason for all Americans to take a close look at how, specifically, the various government-run, single-payer healthcare systems around the world have already affected the lives of the people living under them.
This is vital because Barack Obama and the Democrats actually have their sights set on creating precisely such a system here in the United States. For them, Obamacare is, and always has been, nothing more than a stepping stone toward their ultimate goal of a single-payer leviathan administered entirely by the federal government. Indeed, theyve been quite clear about their intentions:
In early August, Senator Harry Reid was asked whether his goal was to eventually use Obamacare as a springboard to a single-payer system. Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes, he replied. What weve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but were far from having something thats going to work forever.
In late October, Rep. John Conyers stated that Obamacare was just a very small and modest bill, and that Congressional Democrats were already contemplating ways to pass universal healthcare for everybody, single payer. Thats what the new direction is, Conyers affirmed, even as the supposedly small and modest Obamacare project was proving to be nothing more than a colossal lie administered with inexpressible incompetence.
Nancy Pelosi, too, is on record stating: I have supported single payer for longer than many of you have beensince youve been born, than youve lived on the face of the earth. So I think, I have always thought, that was the way to go.
Kathleen Sebelius, the chief architect of Obamacares pathetic rollout last month, has candidly declared herself to be all for a single-payer [healthcare] system eventually. On October 7, she told interviewer Jon Stewart that if we could have perhaps figured out a pathway [to single-payer], that may have been a reasonable solution.
And of course President Obama himself has been unambiguous about his own views on this matter:
At an AFL-CIO conference in 2003, Obama said: I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer health care plan . Everybody in. Nobody out. Thats what Id like to see, but as all of you know, we may not get there immediately.
At an SEIU Health Care Forum on March 24, 2007, Obama declared: My commitment is to make sure that weve got universal healthcare for all Americans by the end of my first term as President . But I dont think were going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. Theres going to be, potentially, some transition process. I can envision a decade out, or 15 years out, or 20 years out
On August 4, 2007, Obama announced that he planned to pass healthcare reform legislation and then build off that system to make it more rational. By the way, he added, Canada did not start off immediately with a single payer system. They had a similar transition step.
In the summer of 2008, Obama said: If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system.
And in June 2009, Obama told an American Medical Association audience that there are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well.
So, now that we know definitively what Obama and the Democrats ultimately want, let us look at the track record of single-payer systems around the world, so that we can see exactly what is in store for us if we follow the counsel of these masterminds. A monumentally important 2008 Cato Institute study offers keen insights into those systems:
Leftists revere Communist Cuba for numerous reasons, not the least of which is the government-run, universal healthcare system that was put in place by Fidel Castro. Many of these admirersamong the most notable of whom is the filmmaker Michael Mooreform their impressions of the Cuban healthcare system from its tourist hospitals, which are, by any standards, clean, well staffed, and of excellent quality. Indeed Cuba, in an effort to attract wealthy foreigners who are willing to spend their money on healthcare services, has pioneered the practice of so-called health tourism through agencies such as SERVIMED, which markets Cuban medical services abroad. Calling Cuba the ideal destination for your health,
SERVIMED frankly admits to being a tourist subsystem.
But after providing for the needs of affluent foreigners (and of the countrys top government officials), the Cuban healthcare system has little left for the general public. Hospitals for ordinary Cubans are typically unsanitary. Syringes are frequently used to inject multiple patients without any sterilization, and disposable gloves are likewise used and reused. Consequently, infectious diseases such an impetigo and hepatitisand infestations such as scabies, lice and fungal diseasesare commonplace in the Cuban hospital population.
Moreover, Cuban hospitals have serious shortages of antibiotics, insulin, heart drugs, blood-pressure meters, disinfectants, and even clean water and soap.
It is noteworthy that in the pre-Castro years of the 1950s, the Cuban population as a whole had access to outstanding medical care through association clinics (clinicas mutualistas) which predated the American concept of health maintenance organizations by decades, as well as through private clinics. At that time the Cuban medical system ranked among the best in the world, as evidenced by the fact that it had Latin Americas lowest infant-mortality ratecomparable to Canadas and better than those of France, Japan, and Italy.
So the evidence is crystal clear. As the Cato Institute puts it, In countries weighted heavily toward government control, people are most likely to face waiting lists, rationing, restrictions on physician choice, and other obstacles to care. By contrast, those countries with national health care systems that work better, such as France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, are successful to the degree that they incorporate market mechanisms such as competition, cost-consciousness, market prices, and consumer choice, and eschew centralized government control. In other words, socialized medicine worksas long as it isnt socialized medicine.
Yet socialized medicine is precisely the direction in which Obama and Democrats wish, beyond any shadow of a doubt, to steer the United States of America. What, then, does this tell us about the judgment and the motivations of these men and women?
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