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Horror! Dying NY Vets Denied Painkillers Given Salt Water Instead
Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/16/14 | Jim Hoft

Posted on 07/16/2014 2:48:49 PM PDT by blueyon

Another day, another VA tragedy. An Albany nurse claims dying New York Veterans were denied painkillers. Instead they were given salt water mixtures. Valerie Riviello, a nurse at the Albany Stratton VA medical center, claims that fellow employees had reported to her that dying veterans were denied painkillers such as morphine to ease their pain. Instead, they were given salt water mixtures.

Riviello told the Times Union:

Among stories that nurse Valerie Riviello has heard from other employees at the Albany VA is one about dying patients who were supposed to receive morphine to alleviate pain, but instead got a salt-and-water mixture. A nurse treating hospice patients stole the vials of morphine, according to Riviello. She said managers delayed reporting the problem.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; deathcare; deathpanels; fraud; govtabuse; healthcare; military; obama; palinwasright; scandal; scandals; va; vaadministration; veterans
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This makes my blood boil!
1 posted on 07/16/2014 2:48:50 PM PDT by blueyon
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To: blueyon

So, Obama was lying even about the “pain pills?”


2 posted on 07/16/2014 2:49:54 PM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: blueyon
Remember that Obamacare will not be run this good.
3 posted on 07/16/2014 2:51:22 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: blueyon

Zhit like this has been going on for years.

Eight years ago my WWII vet father was under Hospice care. We were trying to get a pain med from the VA but the VA doc was stonewalling.

Took the intervention of my Congresscritter to get the meds sent—they arrived the day before his Funeral.


4 posted on 07/16/2014 2:51:43 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: blueyon

5 posted on 07/16/2014 2:52:34 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: blueyon; fwdude

Remember: VA healthcare is single payer.


6 posted on 07/16/2014 2:53:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: lightman

Sorry about your Dad..hugs.
Does not matter if this happened once or many times over the years. It should NEVER EVER happen.


7 posted on 07/16/2014 2:55:07 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: blueyon

Would like to find those people and .....


8 posted on 07/16/2014 2:55:47 PM PDT by SkyDancer (When the government is above the law, it's called fascism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

‘Could this be that the morphine is diverted to addicted workers?’


9 posted on 07/16/2014 2:55:55 PM PDT by Kackikat (ELECTED officials took an OATH...get off your cowardly a$ses and be A PATRIOT now!)
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To: SkyDancer

I just read a comment on another article and it dawned on me that Vets mostly vote Republican. Could there be a correlation? Hmmmm....


10 posted on 07/16/2014 2:57:30 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: blueyon

There isn’t a bureaucracy that doesn’t exist to serve itself. I tremble for God’s certain wrath.


11 posted on 07/16/2014 2:57:36 PM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: Kackikat

Or sold on the street or given to illegals or diverted to select Obamacare patients or...


12 posted on 07/16/2014 2:59:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: blueyon

Silly New York Vets, expecting medical care while hardworking NY/NJ UNION / DEM / GOVERNMENT SYSTEM employees go without 350% overtime and 200K annual retirement pensions, not to mention Obamaphones! No wonder they have to siphon off some opiates to make ends meet.


13 posted on 07/16/2014 2:59:21 PM PDT by golux
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To: dandiegirl

“I just read a comment on another article and it dawned on me that Vets mostly vote Republican. Could there be a correlation? Hmmmm....”

With this Administration, who knows. It would not surprise me one bit


14 posted on 07/16/2014 2:59:22 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: blueyon

bttt


15 posted on 07/16/2014 3:01:38 PM PDT by Balata (Obama's Executive Branch = Low Information Executive Service = LIES)
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To: Kackikat

“A nurse treating hospice patients stole the vials of morphine, according to Riviello.”


16 posted on 07/16/2014 3:02:08 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: blueyon

This isn’t Odinga’s fault, the nurse was a junkie.
I thought they tested nurses (not Doctors though).


17 posted on 07/16/2014 3:02:33 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: lightman

The VA paid a few thousand in beni’s to Dad because of his Korean War service. A couple of years ago they took it back. Dad spent 13 months in Korea, but the armistice was signed when he was half way across the Pacific. Some as swipe in congress changed his qualifications so he was no longer eligible for the money he received. His check dropped to $200 per month till the amount was paid back.
Now they have stopped his health benefits due to lengthy travel for checkup to get his meds.
Screw these damn democrats. VA is Obamacare! Get ready you gullible idiots, and my sympathy for those who voted against it.


18 posted on 07/16/2014 3:04:18 PM PDT by 9422WMR ("Ignorance can be cured by education, but stuaspidity is forever.")
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To: Kackikat

First thing I thought, too...that happens a lot.


19 posted on 07/16/2014 3:05:32 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: blueyon

The only people who want government health care are those who have never had it.


20 posted on 07/16/2014 3:06:40 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: TurboZamboni; Hugin

I wonder how people can have no conscience or feeling about others needs.


21 posted on 07/16/2014 3:07:05 PM PDT by Kackikat (ELECTED officials took an OATH...get off your cowardly a$ses and be A PATRIOT now!)
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To: blueyon

Prayers for these veterans, true martyrs, murdered by the health care professionals. (If you want to call them that.)

Pray to Chaplain Emil Kapaun, chaplain in Korea and POW who died there. Several cures have been accorded to prayers to his intercession.


22 posted on 07/16/2014 3:07:49 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: lightman

Don’t put Christians in hospice care.

Hospice, I am convinced, kept increasing my husband’s morphine doses until he finally died.


23 posted on 07/16/2014 3:09:25 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Kackikat

They’re addicts.
ALL they care about is feeding their addiction.

The patient is just a stranger standing in their way.


24 posted on 07/16/2014 3:10:07 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: fwdude

I wonder who the VA workers sold thaat morphine to?


25 posted on 07/16/2014 3:10:24 PM PDT by expat2
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To: blueyon

Depraved indifference.


26 posted on 07/16/2014 3:11:34 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: blueyon

Its so horrific its hard to even believe. Now that POS is buying a resort to put illegal immigrants in. I am beyond insane on this whole thing.


27 posted on 07/16/2014 3:11:37 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: blueyon

Obamacare will end up doing the same thing! Enjoy yourself it is later than you think!


28 posted on 07/16/2014 3:13:40 PM PDT by El Zoro
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To: expat2

Probably nobody. Lots of nurses and doctors are addicts.


29 posted on 07/16/2014 3:14:11 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: blueyon
This makes my blood boil!

I know.
That Hoft guy will rip off anything and call it his own work.

What a bunghole.

30 posted on 07/16/2014 3:17:32 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: blueyon

Oh, well. The “immigrants” at the border are receiving health care for their problems. Shouldn’t we be happy about that? /S


31 posted on 07/16/2014 3:20:24 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Kackikat

They are called sociopaths. About 2-3% of the population are sociopaths. Probably the % of politicians who are so is much higher...also mid and upper Fed managers.


32 posted on 07/16/2014 3:22:56 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: blueyon

I’m a Vet. I’m saving a bullet for myself, for sure.


33 posted on 07/16/2014 3:24:10 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Travis McGee
I've said it and said it and said it a million more times before ....

IMBEDS !!!

34 posted on 07/16/2014 3:25:47 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

My thoughts exactly. It’s horrible.


35 posted on 07/16/2014 3:29:43 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: CatherineofAragon

EBT Cards as well....America. What a country!


36 posted on 07/16/2014 3:32:39 PM PDT by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: dandiegirl

If there is ......


37 posted on 07/16/2014 3:37:11 PM PDT by SkyDancer (When the government is above the law, it's called fascism.)
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To: donozark

Yep. So far my head hasn’t exploded...I count myself lucky.


38 posted on 07/16/2014 3:43:22 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Lx
This isn’t Odinga’s fault,...

So, where does the buck stop?

39 posted on 07/16/2014 3:44:02 PM PDT by Balata (Obama's Executive Branch = Low Information Executive Service = LIES)
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To: blueyon

What do you expect from Democrats? They have no qualms about killing innocent babies in their mother’s womb. And in the case of the mothers a part of them. Is it to be expected if some elderly, who are unable to care for themselves are killed without mourning, or remorse.


40 posted on 07/16/2014 3:46:16 PM PDT by sport
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To: blueyon

I’ve had intravenous morphine and you know it when it hits. If these folks had been on it more than one day, I bet they complained and got written up for whining.
Being in long term pain (months) is the worse thing, they couldn’t give these folks another injectable narcotic or even a pill? How do they care so little; how do they sleep, I guess with morphine!


41 posted on 07/16/2014 3:46:18 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Balata

Hey, I’m all ready to blame zero but it’s the floor supervisor who is in charge and responsible.


42 posted on 07/16/2014 3:47:27 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Kackikat
I wonder how people can have no conscience or feeling about others needs.

People like that are a dime a dozen in New England.

43 posted on 07/16/2014 3:49:52 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Salvation; Kolokotronis
Hospice, I am convinced, kept increasing my husband’s morphine doses until he finally died.

Morphine was the final solution (and I don't use that term lightly, but very deliberately) to an aggressive cancer which had metastacized into his bones and was extremely painful. Adavan and similar anti-agitation meds were of ineffective.

At that time I had not known the Orthodox petition "A Christian ending to our life, painless, blameless, and a good defense before the judgement seat of Christ".

Now I fully understand its importance, nay, necessity.

44 posted on 07/16/2014 3:51:10 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: lightman

At the time of impending death,the priest says this or another similar prayer. I remember when my mother, of blessed memory, was on her death bed, she told me to “Go to the priest; tell him to say the prayers. He’ll know what you mean.” I did and he did.

“O Lord our God, who in thine ineffable wisdom hast created man, fashioning him out of the dust, and adorning him with comeliness and goodness, as an honourable and heavenly acquisition, to the exaltation and magnificence of thy glory and kingdom, that thou mightest bring him into this image and likeness; but forasmuch as he sinned against the command of thy statute, havi ng accepted the image but preserved it not, and because, also, evil shall not be eternal: Thou hast ordained remission unto the same, through thy love toward mankind; and that this destructible bond, which as the God of our fathers thou hadst sanctified by thy divine will, should be dissolved, and that his body should be dissolved from the elements of which it was fashioned, but that his soul should be translated to that place where it shall take up its abode until the final Resurrection. Therefore we pray unto thee, the Father who is from everlasting, and immortal, and unto thine Only-begotten Son, and unto thine all-holy Spirit, that thou wilt deliver thy servant from the body onto repose, entreating, also, forgiveness of thine ineffable goodness if he in any wise, whether of knowledge or in ignorance, hath offended thy goodness, or is under the ban of a priest, or hath embittered his parents, or hath broken a vow, or hath fallen into devilish imaginations and shameful sorceries, through the malice of the crafty demon: Yea, O Master, Lord our God, hearken unto me a sinner and thine unworthy servant in this hour, and deliver thy servant from this intolerable sickness which holdeth him in bitter impotency, and give him rest where the souls of the righteous dwell. For thou art the repose of our souls and of our bodies, and unto thee do we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now, and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.”


45 posted on 07/16/2014 4:13:01 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: Kackikat
...morphine is diverted to addicted workers...

Occam's Razor says that that is what is happening.

46 posted on 07/16/2014 4:17:27 PM PDT by Prolixus (We feed; they breed.)
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To: blueyon

This is truly worth righteous retribution in the form of revenge. In effect, the doctors and nurses involved were committing acts of torture. And because of their victims, this transcends legal retribution which would be unlikely in any regard.

Perhaps the best method would start by administering them a large dose of an endorphine blocker. Endorphines are the bodies natural painkillers, and when blocked, the person affected goes through pain similar to heroin withdrawal.

From there, only creativity would determine how much suffering is adequate.


47 posted on 07/16/2014 4:27:28 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: blueyon

They should be grateful that they didn’t get a bullet to the back of the head. Socialists/totalitarians do not like Americans and dislike America’s finest even more.


48 posted on 07/16/2014 4:51:15 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Lx

“This isn’t Odinga’s fault,”

Actually it is. the buck stops with the President. He needs to put the correct people in charge (Those that know what they are doing and can handle it)of which he has NOT done.
A good boss would on day one state that heads will roll if their first response is not towards the could of their clients...fear of not doing right can be a great motivator. instead they are only fearful of rating others out.........


49 posted on 07/16/2014 4:56:12 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: blueyon

Give me the person, people, who ordered, okayed, this. They will know pain.


50 posted on 07/16/2014 5:08:32 PM PDT by Rannug ("all enemies, foreign and domestic")
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