Skip to comments.Top senator says cost-cutting culture fueled veterans scandal
Posted on 05/27/2014 2:33:01 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in an interview that Washingtons cost-cutting culture helped spark the growing Veterans Administration hospital controversy by encouraging VA officials to understate their financial needs both internally and to Congress.
Murray, a top appropriator and former chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, had strong words for a department that she said not only faces chronic management issues but also consistently underestimates its funding needs and how many veterans will seek care each year. Though many Republicans have called for current VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down from his post in light of reports of secret waiting lists at VA hospitals across the county, Murray focused on cultural issues that extend deeper than one official.
In an environment where everybody is told, 'Keep the cost down. Don't tell me anything costs more.' it creates a culture out there for people to cook the books, Murray said in an interview with Yahoo News. Administrators learn to hide the facts, because they don't want to be told by their bosses, 'Don't tell me you need more money, because we can't say that,' she added.
Well, in the VA, if they need more money, they need to be able to tell us, because how else are we going to solve these problems, Murray said. So we have to change that culture and mindset.
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You gotta hope this woman is too stupid to breed. A child from her gene poll would have a heavy cross to bear...
I’m sure it had nothing to do with the vast quivering bureaucratic mass of stupid.
The culture is one of federal employee entitlement.
Spending is up 35% for the VA in the past 5 years, they spend additional millions on bonuses, and the problem is a cost-cutting culture. Got it.
Surely you jest!
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash,takes her talking orders from AFGE President Cox.
And a report out today said that for the FIFTH year in a row the VA budget is more than they could spend!
Senator Murray, please tell us how much overtime was clocked by admin over at the VA over the past 3 years during this ‘cost-cutting’ period?
P Murry won the dumbist congressional award 3 years in a row, until Clemens came along.
They spent lavishly on the administrators’ redecorating projects, etc., and giving them bonuses. The administrator in Phoenix was still going to get his bonus, even after the secret waiting list was found out.
She finds it so easy to lay blame on others, instead of really addressing the issue, which is, that they had to show Vets going off the roles, so they hid them, to make the accounting looked better.
It was all a sham.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I read stuff like this. I’d like to laugh because its such obvious BS spewed in a Pavlovian, dogmatic way by some Dem hack like Murray. But I will end up crying because if the media has told this lie enough that our low information voting base believes it.
If a private company delivers an inferior product at an inflated price, they go out of business.
If the feral government delivers an inferior product at an inflated price, they just stick a gun in your face and say you're not giving them enough.
I stopped reading after I saw the Term “Top Senator” in the same sentence with “Patty Murray”.
Patty Murray is as dumb as a Box of Barbara Boxers, and that’s saying something. At Cocktail Parties, even Anvils, Hammers and Rocks mock her.
See how well it worked for IQ points, Patty? I guess not.
Good grief...how blitheringly stupid.
Maybe the solution to this is to make senators and
congressmen, subject to VA health care instead of the
gold plated policies they now have.
I knew this was a demorat just from the headline...
Dems are going to capture this and blame GOP.
Just you watch.
Somebody water Patty - her leaves are looking a little brownish around the edges.
What lies. The VA Budget in 2009 was $97.7 billion. In 2014 it was $153.8 billion. The amount dedicated to discretionary (as opposed to mandatory benefits) increased from $47 billion in 2009 to $63.4 million in 2014, which is 35% increase just for medical care. And yet the problem is the “culture of cost containment.”
I’d love to see productivity comparisons between the VA and large private sector providers but I am sure it would not look good from a cost per patient perspective.
Well there is always the bag of hammers or the box of rocks debate about which is dumber.
She has officially wrested the Washington DC Stupidfest Invitational title from Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee with this comment. I mean, hands down, right now. I mean, they just called off the competition.
“You gotta hope this woman is too stupid to breed. A child from her gene poll would have a heavy cross to bear... “
We’re too late! She already has two children, one of each. Problem is that stupid people tend to breed more than smart ones. Just look at who’s on welfare, they aren’t Mensas.
I call BS on the comment, one only needs to view the VA budget to understand Pelosi is flat out lying. Budget up over 100 percent from 2006 when it was 73.1 BILLION to 2015 163.9 BILLION...so were is the cost cutting?
Of course, I am stealing VQBMS from you.
“Spending is up 35% for the VA in the past 5 years, they spend additional millions on bonuses, and the problem is a cost-cutting culture.”
How do they get away with such asinine statements?
Does she believe her own lies?
Worked in the military procurement system for years, and the HQ would beg us to order parts and office supplies to spend the entire budget for the FY. If we didn't, the next year we would get budget cuts.
Gee, the VA officials got bonuses because gamed the system to make it look like veterans were being quickly seen and treated. This is not only reprehensible it is criminal fraud. The VA is a bloated federal bureaucracy and by cutting the bureaucrats and paper pushers they could have more than enough money to treat veterans. Matter of fact the VA could be eliminated entirely and simply pay for veterans care.
What evidence does this dope have that this is what happened? Zero. Absolutely none. But its a good story to say that people lied and cooked books as a result of pressure to cut spending and the DNC drones in the media simply repeat the lies.
Everything about socialism is sham and affectation. - 23.11 Ch23; Evil; Economic Harmonies; Frederic Bastiat
Secret lists, death panels, rotting corpses. The VA is microcosm of the Unaffordable, UNaccountable, Uncaring Act aka TOTALITARIANCARE (forced).
Socialism Is Legal Plunder - Bastiat
$17,515,327,000,000+ (US National Debt)
$89,695,241,000,000+ (Medicare Liability)
This VA hospital scandal is a perfect preview of the Obama Communist healthcare that is coming.
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Isn’t she the original “mom in tennis shoes” or some such horsecrap?
See the above post by A message.
Typical Democrat demagoguery aimed at the LIVs.
It is the Goebbels big lie repeated ad infinitum. It is relentless and shameless.
I get liberal friends in my face with this quackery all the time, and they swallow it whole. No logical argument will shake them from their belief. "Tea partiers hate all government; poor cash-strapped government; shrinking budgets; poor people losing programs".
I never have a budget table available to ask, "point out the shrinking budget to me".
Clemens ? Who is that ?
I just talked to a vet who’s waiting on a surgery I had a few years ago. He has an ileostomy bag and has been waiting a year to get his innards reattached. I waited 2 months, but my wait was totally based on my health. He served on a deck of a carrier in 68 and 69, 18 hours a day, 6 days a week. My point is, this is a real problem, this isn’t a time for hoes like Murray to score points.
Yes, the culture of the Democrat that knows they’re not likely to get a disabled Vet’s vote in favor of some trailer trash with no job, no education, no ambition but will gladly trade his vote, his baby-mama’s vote and his cuzins’ votes for an EBT card, Section 8 housing, SNAP, WICs for baby-mama-baby, EITC, TANF and all the rest.
A typically cogent thought from the midget senator.
The culture of incompetence created this scandal! You cannot throw money at criminals that use the system! But one thing for sure, now you have stolen lives Mr Obama. If you can’t kill em on the battle field you can kill em at home! Crimes worth hanging!
I don’t know-—she has approximately the brain power of a tennis shoe, that I can tell you.
This is a scandal and the blame lies solely at the feet of 0. It should garner rage, not concern, glee, or whatever stupid emotion the GOP is exhibiting. RAGE! You’re right, the Rats will spin the GOP’s detachment into blame. Milquetoast calls for investigations, resignations, hearings have no place in this scandal.
What an idiot. Maybe just maybe Obama could have addressed this issue instead of spending billions on making the hospitals green.
Isn’t this the hag Ryan chose to design a budget with? You know, the one that cut benefits to vets.
This old, dried-up cretin hag is such a complete buffoon. Maybe if the VA spent less on new administrative furniture, lawn care and bonuses to the incompetent they would be able to better service the sick Veterans. Isn’t that their mission?????? More money...the never-ending DIM/LIB cry. What chronics.
The Department of VA has had more $$$ appropriated to it for the past five years than it can spend.
We’re not fooled, Patty... try again, lying bitch.