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  • VA: No proof that delays in care caused deaths at Phoenix hospital

    08/25/2014 11:14:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 25, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    The VA Inspector has been investigating the deaths for months and has now shared draft of his findings with Top Officials. The new VA Secretary McDonald said: "It is important to note" that while the report documents deficiencies in quality and substantial delays in care, OIG was unable to conclusively assert that the absence of quality or care directly caused the death of any these victims. This May, the inspector found that 1,700 veterans, waiting for primary care appointments at the Phoenix VA, did not show up on the wait list. An additional 1,800 will have to wait at three...
  • Records show Obama met just once with Shinseki during VA scandal (day Shinseki resigned)

    08/08/2014 10:44:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 8, 2014 | Mike Emanuel
    President Obama touted the newly passed Veterans Affairs reform bill Thursday as he signed the measure into law and lamented the scandal that triggered it. But a review of records by Fox News shows the president – despite the urgency he placed publicly on the crisis – only met one-on-one with then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki once during the scandal. The records, provided through a Freedom of Information Act request, showed they met on May 30, the day Shinseki resigned.
  • VA internal audit: Wait-list fraud found at 64% of VA facilities

    05/31/2014 10:29:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 31, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    A new VA internal audit found wait-list fraud at almost two-thirds of all VA facilities, and that 13% of schedulers had been trained to commit fraud as part of their work. This new audit, which is separate from the Inspector General probe of the Phoenix facility, provided the final straw that forced VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to offer his resignation yesterday: AppointmentsÂ’ wait times were manipulated at more than 60 percent of the Department of Veterans Affairs health facilities investigated as part of a new internal audit. The White House-ordered audit found that schedulers faced pressure to manipulate the system...
  • Analysis: Shinseki exit breaks Obama’s crisis mold

    05/31/2014 8:14:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2014 11:06 AM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    This was not in the Barack Obama playbook. The resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Friday did not follow the usual arc of a crisis in the Obama administration. Obama prefers to not get sucked into a drama and cede in the heat of the moment. He’d rather send in fixers and have the bloodletting occur in due course. Shinseki, however, tendered his resignation at the height of a political clamor for his departure and as revelations of systemic delays in veterans’ patient care mounted daily. Shinseki left even before the review Obama had ordered of the department’s...
  • Obama Cleans House??? “Heck of a job, Carney!” You too, Ricky S.

    05/31/2014 7:22:23 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 14 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-31-2014 | MOTUS
    The President’s official Press-mouth and surrogate whiner, having grown as much as he could in this job, has left his post to pursue more lucrative opportunities.He’ll be replaced by a Press-mouth with an even more impossibly perfect Press-mouth name: “Josh Earnest.” Tell me this guy wasn’t born with a silver-tongued destiny in his mouth. Since Josh has been serving the WON since 2007, you can expect a smooth transition. Mr. Earnest, surrendered his personal integrity in 2007 and never looked backMaybe he can at least see to it that Big Guy gets important news prior to reading about it in...
  • Jay Carney suddenly quits as White Housepress secretary over ´strain on family life´ –but was

    05/30/2014 4:34:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/30/14 | Staff*
    Jay Carney is stepping down as White House Press Secretary over ´strain´ on his family life, he announced today. But the decision to leave the Obama administration came weeks ago, multiple sources including one in the West Wing told MailOnline. ´He first started talking about it in late April,´ the White House insider said Friday after the decision was made final. [Snip] ´To be honest, the move was more about how to deflect attention away from Eric Shinseki´s resignation, and less about giving Jay a thoughtful send-off,´ the White House official said. And a in insider close to Carney confirmed
  • Obama on Shinseki Resignation: He's BEST Secretary In VA History...Did "Exemplary Work" (VIDEO)

    05/30/2014 3:40:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 30, 2014 | Greg Hengler
  • SHINSEKI IS OUT AT THE VA: Here Are 12 People Who Could Replace Him

    05/30/2014 11:48:47 AM PDT · by Lower Deck · 34 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | 5/30/14 | Brian Adam Jones
    President Barack Obama today accepted the resignation of embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. It was an unfortunate end to a remarkable career of public service that lasted roughly half a century. Shinseki’s departure comes amid widespread charges of corruption and ineptitude at VA hospitals across the country. And it leaves a glaring question — who is next to lead the VA? There’s no doubt the VA needs help, so who could take the reigns from Shinseki and provide the organization with the leadership it needs to serve the nation’s veterans? We compiled a shortlist: 1. Jim Webb The Marine and...
  • VA Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns Amid Crisis

    05/30/2014 10:51:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/30/2014 | Ben Kesling
    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday, after more than a month of battling criticism about access to care and tampering with official wait lists at VA health centers. At a meeting with President Barack Obama, during which Mr. Shinseki presented the VA's internal findings of improper scheduling procedures and long wait times across the VA health system, the retired general offered to resign to give a new VA leader the chance to fix the systemic problems at the department. His resignation marks his second departure from public service since his career began in the military in the...
  • Breaking: Obama announces Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation

    05/30/2014 8:20:39 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 192 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/30/14 | Yahoo News
    Trying to get details

    05/29/2014 10:23:53 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 29, 2014 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    Seven vulnerable Democrats are now calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation after a preliminary Inspector General’s report confirmed allegations of a scandal in the agency.
  • Pryor: I don’t think Shinseki should go because … I’m not convinced this problem is big enough yet

    05/29/2014 8:57:18 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    Via the Standard, I need to correct the record. Yesterday I predicted that Pryor would join the mob of red-state Democrats frantically pushing Shinseki under the bus to protect themselves. I wrongly assumed that leaving 1,700 vets in Phoenix to twist in the wind on a secret wait list — a scheduling problem the IG explicitly said was “systemic” — would qualify as a firing offense, especially considering Shinseki had five years to right this ship. Not to Pryor, apparently. He needs to see more before his conscience is sufficiently troubled to pull the plug. Update: Via new Hot Air...
  • White House offers tepid support to Shinseki as pressure builds

    05/29/2014 11:34:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 29, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The White House offered tepid support on Thursday for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, skirting questions on whether he’ll soon be fired. White House press secretary Jay Carney repeatedly sidestepped questions about whether Shinseki retained the confidence of the president. Carney said the president believed Shinseki had “performed overall well” and “put his heart and soul” into providing care for veterans. But he also emphasized that the president was waiting to see the results of an internal investigation led by White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors. “When it comes to the current situation, the inquiries and...
  • Steny Hoyer: Republicans are politicizing the Veterans Affairs scandal (Worried about bureaucrats!)

    05/28/2014 5:12:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2014 | Sean Lengell
    The House's No. 2 Democrat accused Republicans of exploiting the scandal that has enveloped the Veterans Affairs Department for political gain and said he is worried that civil servants could be swept up unfairly in a witch hunt. "I don't think there's any doubt about it … that is essentially the tactic that Republicans are trying to employ," Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland told reporters Wednesday. "In some cases there are huge fishing expeditions which are going on for millions of documents that goes beyond the realm of oversight and politicizes the issue very greatly." The Republican National Committee...
  • Following Obama’s policies, Four Star Fake Eric Shinseki has killed our veterans

    05/28/2014 9:17:47 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/28/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Barack Obama is on record as being “furious” over the needless deaths in Veteran’s Administration hospitals. He’s not “furious” because he loves veterans, to the contrary, Barack Obama is “furious” at being been caught in yet another lie. By his own admission Obama knew there were problems in the VA in 2007. In 2008 even before he first took office, Obama was made aware of the problems in the VA hospital system. His response was to appoint Eric Shinseki whose only qualification was that he is “America’s first Asian American four star general,” as the new head of the Veteran’s...
  • Family: V.A. Cops Stomped On Veteran’s Head, Killing Him

    05/28/2014 6:23:39 AM PDT · by ZULU · 69 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 28, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    The family of a 65 year-old veteran claims that VA police stomped on the veterans head and neck, causing him to suffer a stroke and die several weeks later, a new lawsuit alleges.
  • The American people know Obama hates the military even though the media tries to cover it up

    05/27/2014 10:36:37 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/27/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “Obama Hates America,” reads a comment on The Hill about veterans’ groups slamming a Commander in Chief who is in charge of a 267% increase in military deaths since taking office in 2009. (1) A second comment provides stats which show 1,681 (military) deaths in the 62 months between February 2009 and 2014, an absolutely obscene mortality rate for a “non hot” war. And a third comment sums it all up: “When are you people going to realize that Obama hates the Military?” I learned long ago that when I couldn’t figure out what was going on at the college...
  • Does The Government Treat Illegal Aliens Better Than Military Vets?

    05/24/2014 5:09:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | May 24, 2014 | Robert Jonathan
    On the eve of Memorial Day, and against the backdrop of the rapidly growing Veterans Affairs hospital scandal, do illegal aliens get better treatment than US military veterans? Sarah Palin seems to think so. On Wednesday, President Obama broke his silence on the Veterans Affairs scandal, vowing to hold the military hospitals that falsified records accountable but also claiming that VA problems are anomalies. The president’s remarks come as revelations have emerged in the media about long wait times for veterans seeking medical treatment, and vets who have died while waiting for doctor’s appointments at the military facilities. Originally the...
  • Political Observers: VA Scandal Differs From Other Obama Debacles (Most people have a vet in family)

    05/24/2014 5:21:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 23, 2014 | Todd Beamon
    The spiraling scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs over deadly treatment delays and falsified waiting lists is setting itself apart from the other controversies that have plagued the Obama administration, Republicans and political observers tell Newsmax. "The VA scandal is different because it is one that every American can relate to," said Democratic pollster and analyst Doug Schoen. "Everyone has a relative who has been a veteran who've put themselves in harm's way to protect this country. "Every American can relate to the horrific nature of the abuses that are alleged to have gone on at VA hospitals —...
  • AP: Veterans Affairs OKs More Private Care for Veterans

    05/24/2014 2:41:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Obama administration said Saturday it will allow more veterans to obtain health care at private hospitals and clinics in an effort to improve their treatment. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki also said VA facilities are enhancing capacity of their clinics so veterans can get care sooner. In cases where officials cannot expand capacity at VA centers, the Department of Veterans Affairs is "increasing the care we acquire in the community through non-VA care," Shinseki said. Lawmakers from both parties have pressed for this policy change as the VA confronts allegations about treatment delays and falsified records at VA centers...
  • Eric Shinseki–VA Secretary

    05/24/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 26 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/24/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    You may know about his two combat tours in Vietnam, and that he blew off the front part of one of his feet when he stepped on a land mine. Here are three things I bet you don’t know (courtesy of some insiders at the VA): 1. His limo is cleaned up to three times per day...
  • Obama, Shinseki stories on VA medical care don't add up

    05/22/2014 4:11:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | May 22, 2014 | by David Rodham-Gergan
    ... In 2010 -- four years ago! -- the deputy undersecretary of the VA wrote a nine-page memo saying that in order to cover up their continued delays, various parts of the VA system were engaged in "gaming strategies" -- in effect, lying. The General Accounting Office and VA inspector generals wrote reports saying the practice was widespread. One would have thought that would have set off alarm bells at both the VA and the White House. Where was the anger then? There were some internal investigations, but they never went anywhere and there was little apparent sense of urgency....
  • Blame Socialism, Not Shinseki (for VA scandal)

    05/24/2014 7:41:56 AM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 24, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    The VA problem is not Shinseki; it's socialism. The Veterans Affairs health care system is completely government run. It is a pure single-payer program. National Review Editor Rich Lowry calls it "an island of socialism in American health care." He is right. I've been arguing this all week. For years, President Obama has been talking about fixing the VA. But he never stayed with it. And now he says he's angry and wants accountability. But he will never understand that the single-payer government-run system is the real problem. This VA scandal is a reminder that government-run single-payer health care does...
  • Resign: What to do about the VA scandal (Not only Shinseki, but Obama, too)

    05/23/2014 8:20:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 23, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The Operative: You know, in certain older civilized cultures, when men failed as entirely as you have, they would throw themselves on their swords. Dr. Mathias: Well, unfortunately, I forgot to bring a sword. The Operative (producing a sword): Would you be killed in your sleep, like an ailing pet? — Serenity, 2005 Christian civilization recoils from suicide, but a sneaking admiration for it creeps in for the Romans, the virtuous deaths of Cato and Seneca, and for the ancient Japanese practice, not because the act itself is necessarily admirable, but because the motive is. There are worse maxims than...
  • CNN panel wonders just how long Shinseki will last as Crist calls for resignation

    05/23/2014 2:26:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 23, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Could Eric Shinseki be out at the VA as early as today, perhaps in time for a Friday-afternoon news dump on a long weekend meant to honor those who died in military service? A CNN panel hosted by John King certainly thinks it’s a possibility. King wonders how this “fight in the family” will impact Democratic turnout in the midterms, exemplified from calls by Democrats running in November for his ouster — now including Charlie Crist in Florida:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Noah Rothman noted the exchange as well: CNN anchor John King began by noting that both Republicans and Democrats are coming out and...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Obama's Cabinet is Incompetent

    05/23/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki cannot get a handle on the recent scandalous treatment of veterans in VA hospitals, where more than 40 sick men were allowed to die without proper follow-up treatment. A cover-up allegedly followed. When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal broke under the George W. Bush administration, heads rolled. So far, Shinseki seems immune from similar accountability. Almost nothing that former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius promised before, during or after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act came true. She was also cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for...
  • Karl Rove hits Senator Obama's attendance (VA Scandal)

    05/23/2014 7:46:45 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/23/14 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Karl Rove is now attacking Barack Obama’s record — as a senator. Appearing Thursday night on Fox News, the Republican strategist said he doesn’t know whether Obama “was paying much attention” while he served on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “President Obama was a member of the Senate veterans committee. He very rarely showed up at those meetings,” Rove told “On The Record” host Greta Van Susteren. “It would be interesting for your staff to go take a look at that but he — these issues about scheduling and the backlog, these were discussed at Senate veterans committee meetings and...
  • Al Qaeda terrorists at Guantanamo treated better than our vets

    05/23/2014 7:16:31 AM PDT · by BruceS · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 23, 2014 | J.D. Gordon
    President Obama finally addressed the nation Wednesday about the growing scandal at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. After meeting with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki he pledged to hold folks accountable. Thanks, Mr. President. By now most American have heard about the VA’s infamous patient “secret wait lists” which reportedly contributed to the deaths of up to 40 veterans in the Phoenix area alone. Those patriots were American heroes who served our country proudly. Yet they were left to die waiting to see a doctor. < snip > Despite the fact that Al Qaeda terrorists carried out the Sept. 11...
  • Democrats Now Calling for Shinseki to Leave VA

    05/23/2014 6:58:45 AM PDT · by kristinn · 38 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, May 23, 2014 | Reid J. Epstein
    Several Democrats are joining the call for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to go. Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn on Friday became the latest Democrat to break with President Barack Obama and call for Mr. Shinseki to go in the wake of the scandal that has engulfed the agency and become a major distraction for the White House. “It has become increasingly clear that we need new leadership to build confidence, focus and accountability at the VA to fix what is wrong with the agency,” Ms. Nunn said in a statement released by her campaign Friday. “I hope that General...
  • Lawmaker: VA Wait-List, Cover-Up Allegations 'Tip of the Iceberg'

    05/22/2014 6:55:40 PM PDT · by kristinn · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Halimah Abdullah, Scott Bronstein, Tom Cohen and Holly Yan
    It's "just the tip of the iceberg." That's what a congressional committee chairman investigating allegations of delayed care and cooked books at Veterans Affairs health care facilities told CNN. Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican who heads the House Veterans Affairs panel, on Thursday forecast more serious developments in the national program serving nearly 9 million veterans. "We've received some information and some tips that will make what has already come look like kindergarten stuff," he told CNN's New Day. The controversy has broadened since CNN first reported six months ago on allegations of alarming shortcomings within the VA medical...
  • As Vets Wait To Die, Obama Waits For IG Report

    05/22/2014 6:37:26 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Scandal: While his clueless Veterans Affairs secretary stays, the president issues his response: If reports are true, people will be held accountable — that is, as soon as he gets the inspector general's report in August. 'If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful and I will not tolerate it, period," the president said, drawing a red line in his first public comments in weeks on the issue after a meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki at the White House. His faux outrage and emotionless tap-dancing differed little from his comments when the IRS...
  • Dole: VA a 'disaster' that needs a shake-up

    05/22/2014 6:17:28 PM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies
    USA Today via WUSA | Thursday, May 22, 2014
    Gannett owned property so article is headline and link only.
  • Obama VA: Let’s charge vets for care on service-related injuries

    05/22/2014 10:38:02 AM PDT · by ru4liberty · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 12, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    A blast from the past that puts this VA mess in perspective. It sheds light on why Shinseki's and Zero's underwhelming "outrage" rang so hollow. Not to be too conspiratorial, but one almost has to wonder if the worsening dysfunction of the VA was all part of a bigger scheme and many deaths that have so "enraged" Shinseki and Zero were simply collateral damage.
  • Obama: I Won’t Tolerate Misconduct at Veterans Affairs Department, 'Period'

    05/21/2014 8:20:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 21, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Obama addressed the press on Wednesday after meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki about the recent scandal swirling around the Veterans Affairs Department. Addressing the reports of misconduct by VA officials, Obama vowed that he would get to the bottom of the alleged behavior. “If these allegations prove to be true it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful and I will not tolerate it. Period,” he said. “Taking care of veterans and their families has been one of the causes of my presidency and it is something that all of us have to be involved with and have to...
  • Dems Begin to Call for Shinseki to Go: ‘We Don’t Have Time!’

    05/21/2014 4:52:31 PM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Two Democratic congressmen became the first members of their party to call for Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation shortly after President Obama’s meeting with the embattled department head. While speaking on the House floor about a bill he co-sponsored to make it easier to fire VA officials, Representative David Scott of Georgia offered a passionate plea to address the problem and called for Shinseki’s ouster. SNIP Meanwhile, Scott’s fellow Georgian John Barrow also said Shinseki should no longer hold his position since he and the rest of the administration have “fallen short in providing the kind of care our...
  • Obama: Any misconduct at VA will be punished

    05/21/2014 8:49:36 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 61 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 5/20/14 | Matthew Daly & Julie Pace
    "I will not stand for it — not as commander in chief but also not as an American," Obama said following an Oval Office meeting with embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
  • Watch Live: Obama Makes Statement on VA Scandal - 10:45 am ET

    05/21/2014 6:58:38 AM PDT · by kristinn · 110 replies
    NBC News ^ | Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    President Obama makes a statement following his meeting with head the Department of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. (Live feed at source link.)
  • #Burack Didn’t Kill Our Vets–Somebody Else made That Happen

    05/20/2014 8:30:14 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-20-2014 | MOTUS
    I may have mentioned this last week, butt Big Guy’s PR firm has gone into all-out “phony scandal” mode regarding the, uh, issues at the Veterans Administration. Since even the Lady M Hashtag Resolutions™ was not sufficient to reverse public sentiment,Scandal Obfuscating Strategy (SOS™) we’ve been forced into all out phony scandal defense mode: SOS™ Rapid Response Team. This strategy always begins with a denial of having any knowledge of the scandal prior to hearing about it on Fox (which we never watch):Mary Katherine Ham has the complete breakdown of the Big Brains’ (BeeBees) one-size-fits-all damage control PR process: Step...
  • Surprise: VA Official Who 'Resigned' Over Death Scandal Was Already Set to Retire

    05/19/2014 8:57:10 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 5 replies ^ | 5/19/14 | Katie Pavlich
    Last week Department of Veteran's Affairs Undersecretary for Healthcare Robert Petzel resigned as the fallout over multiple scandals within the bureaucracy continue. Petzel served directly under VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who has been asked to resign by multiple veterans groups including the American Legion and Concerned Veterans for America. snip The problem with Petzel's "resignation?" He was already scheduled for retirement and simply left early. Meanwhile, Shinseki is still refusing to resign.
  • Denis McDonough: Obama is "madder than hell" about VA scandal

    05/18/2014 9:30:42 AM PDT · by kristinn · 69 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sunday, May 18, 2014 | Rebecca Kaplan
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough defended the White House reaction to the scandals emerging from Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals around the country, saying on CBS' "Face the Nation" that President Obama "is madder than hell - I've got the scars to prove it." In an interview with CBS News Chief White House Correspondent, McDonough said that VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is the right person to lead the investigation into reports that veterans have been put on secret waiting lists to hide the number of people who were not being treated within the VA's goal of 14 days. Several...
  • Judge Jeanine Savages Shinseki: VA Deaths Are Criminally Negligent HOMICIDE

    05/17/2014 7:11:43 PM PDT · by absentee · 28 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 5/17/14 | Caleb Howe
    "War heroes don't leave men to die."On Saturday night, Judge Jeanine held nothing back in tearing the Obama administration and Shinseki to shreds over the unspeakable failure on the part of our government to care for American veterans seeking, and waiting for, VA medical care. [VIDEO] "You call veterans facing certain death, refused medical care by VA personnel who then create false records so that they can pocket a bonus an 'adverse incident'? It's not an adverse incident, General. It's a homicide. A criminally negligent homicide." Jeanine calls the administration's cover-up an "organized criminal enterprise". She also destroys Democrats for...
  • The VA Scandal: It’s Here to Stay

    05/17/2014 7:56:19 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | May 17, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Veterans Administration (VA) “waiting list” scandal and allegations of a cover-up have tarnished the reputation of an agency that was created to help America’s veterans. The Phoenix VA hospital is at the eye of the storm, engaging in a behavior pattern of falsifying medical records in order to conceal lengthy delays in the keeping of patient appointments. To date four other VA facilities are also under investigation. Around the country numerous whistle-blowers are speaking up exposing an institutional behavior of hospital mangers putting bonuses before health care. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has ordered a nationwide review of clinics at...
  • Veterans scandal risks engulfing Obama

    05/16/2014 7:44:20 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 27 replies ^ | 5-16-14
    May 16, 2014 5:40 pm Veterans scandal risks engulfing Obama By Geoff Dyer in Washington ©AFP Amid contrived outrage over Benghazi and the improving fortunes of its healthcare reform, the Obama administration could be facing a genuine scandal about its treatment of military veterans that has the potential to attract broad political condemnation of its competence. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is facing mounting evidence that some of the hospitals it runs have been keeping two sets of books to make it look as if they were reducing waiting times to see a doctor. More damning, the department is...
  • Obama’s Pick for VA Health Supervised Scandal-Tainted Hospital

    05/16/2014 7:38:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | Friday, May 16, 2014 | Jonathan Karl
    This doesn’t look good. The person nominated two weeks ago to replace the VA’s outgoing undersecretary for health was responsible for supervising one of the hospitals at the center of the current scandal. Dr. Jeffrey Murawsky was nominated on May 1 to replace Dr. Robert Petzel as undersecretary of health at the Department of Veterans of Affairs. Petzel’s “resignation” was officially announced today, although his impending retirement was first announced last September.
  • General Shinseki: Democrat Hack

    05/16/2014 5:10:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Rush ^ | May 16, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We've got veterans dying because they're not getting adequate medical care. Do you remember this name Shinseki, this guy that's running the VA. Eric Shinseki, do you remember why he's famous? Do you remember why he's even at the VA? Shinseki was one of the first uniformed military people to trash Bush and the Iraq war for the Democrats back in the second term of George W. Bush. And I'll never forget, John Kerry, who, you may not know, served in Vietnam, was running around quoting Eric Shinseki day in and day out. I'm gonna have one...
  • Editorial: Army Times Says VA's Shinseki Must Step Down

    05/16/2014 11:47:09 AM PDT · by kristinn · 25 replies
    The Army Times | Friday, May 16, 2014
    Army Times is a Gannett property so article can only be posted with headline and link.
  • Eric Shinseki’s Meaningless Claim That He ‘Takes Responsibility’

    05/16/2014 7:43:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | May 16, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    The abominable callousness demonstrated at the Department of Veterans Affairs is deadly serious, and warrants more than an all-too-familiar claim of “responsibility” from Eric Shinseki: ... Of course, Shinskei is just echoing his boss and other members of the administration: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s declaration that she takes responsibility for the failure to secure our facilities and personnel in Libya — with no word on any actual consequence of this failure — is the most recent example. But the approach began from the very start of this administration. ... Discussing the national debt in Virginia on Aug. 6, 2009,...
  • Seventh VA office finds secret wait list — with over 200 veterans on it

    05/16/2014 7:32:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    hot air ^ | May 16, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki declared himself “mad as hell” over the allegations of wait-list fraud in Phoenix, where 40 veterans passed away before accessing medical assistance while the office falsified records. Shinseki also pronounced himself saddened by the consequences of the VA’s failures, and pledged to get to the bottom of them — and allegations at five other offices that arose from other whistleblowers ... At nearly the same time as Shinseki testified yesterday, the Ocala News (Florida) reported that a seventh VA office in Gainesville had discovered a secret wait list that had 200 veterans waiting for medical...
  • Tapper Blasts WH Chief of Staff: 'How Many Dead Veterans Do You Need?'

    05/15/2014 5:42:41 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 15 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 5/15/2014 | Ian Hanchett
    CNN's "The Lead" anchor Jake Tapper grilled White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough over the scandal involving failures of the Department of Veterans Affairs to give veterans timely treatment. Tapper detailed the failures under current VA Secretary Eric Shinseki such as the 2011 Legionnaires Disease outbreak and the fact that the VA officials responsible for the outbreak were given perfect performance reviews and raises, and blasted the “culture of no accountability” at the VA. He also detailed a 2013 letter from House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) raising concern over malfeasance within the VA healthcare system that...
  • (Live Thread) VA chief Shinseki faces critics on Capitol Hill in first testimony since scandal

    05/15/2014 6:59:23 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 27 replies ^ | May 15, 2014 | Staff
    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,”...