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  • Solving the Veterans Administration Problem

    06/07/2014 10:18:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/7/14 | Ron Reale
    I hear talking heads and politicians calling for one man’s resignation over the VA’s delayed treatment of our military men and woman. I see them in front of any camera they can find, throwing around strong words of indignation and outrage concerning the scandal having been perpetrated, apparently for years, resulting in a minimum of 40 deaths to date. I hear no politicians offering the immediate steps necessary to serve our veterans. Conservative pundits, yes. Politicians, no. So how to solve the V. A. problem and end the unnecessary loss of life? First, immediately announce that all military personnel may...
  • Reid vows quick Senate vote on VA health bill

    06/02/2014 2:54:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 2, 2014 5:32 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    A refashioned bill to address problems plaguing the Veterans Affairs Department should be approved by the Senate as soon as possible, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., would give the VA authority to immediately remove senior executives based on poor job performance while preventing “wholesale political firings” that Sanders said could be allowed under a similar bill approved by the House. The Senate bill also would allow veterans who can’t get timely appointments with VA doctors to go to community health centers, military hospitals or private doctors and would authorize VA...
  • IG: Phoenix VA hospital missed care for 1,700 vets

    05/29/2014 4:25:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2014 7:15 AM EDT | Brian Skoloff and Matthew Daly
    Navy veteran Ken Senft turned to the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical care in 2011 after his private insurance grew too costly. It could have been a fatal mistake, he now says. A few years ago, the 65-year-old had a lesion on his head. He went to a VA clinic near his home outside Phoenix, but he said the doctor told him it could be two years before he might get an appointment with a dermatologist.So he paid out of pocket to see a private physician. Turns out, he had cancer. […] A probe of operations at the Phoenix...
  • Article 99, a movie that foretold the Veterans Administration hospital scandal 22 years ago

    05/28/2014 10:02:52 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/28/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Sometimes that sinking feeling turns out to be well founded. In the case of the similarities between a little remembered movie about the dangers of bureaucratic policy making in the VA hospital system it is well founded indeed. In 1992 Hollywood produced a movie called Article 99 which was set in a Kansas City VA hospital. The film dealt with the struggles of a maverick surgeon who was undoubtedly modeled after Dr. Hawkeye Pierce of MASH the still very popular series that was winding down at the time. The surgeon, played by Ray Liotta has contempt for VA rules that...
  • 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...
  • VANITY: Are VA hospitals run by civilians?

    05/25/2014 6:51:02 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 37 replies
    self ^ | 5/25/14
    Having a convo with a friend, who says that I am wrong when I told her that VA hospitals are run by civilians. Am I wrong? A quick Google search would not answer my query. Thanks!
  • The VA’s Socialist Paradise

    05/22/2014 11:06:42 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 22 May 2014 | RICH LOWRY
    For the left, the Department of Veterans Affairs is how health care is ideally supposed to work. No insurance companies, no private doctors, no competition — just the government and the patient. Paul Krugman, The New York Times columnist, has held up the VA as a model for the entire country. The Washington Monthly ran a famous article in 2005 arguing that the VA was leading the way for U.S. health care. The socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, is such a reflexive defender that in an instantly notorious interview on CNN he pooh-poohed the burgeoning scandal that may involve...
  • N.M. VA Hospital Assigned Vets to Doctors Who No Longer Worked There

    05/22/2014 11:11:37 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 5 replies
    May 22, 2014 12:39 PM N.M. VA Hospital Assigned Vets to Doctors Who No Longer Worked There By Andrew Johnson A new report from NBC News reveals that a Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., assigned patients to unavailable doctors and treated patients rudely when they inquired about the problem. One veteran said she stopped going to the VA after she was badly treated following her diagnosis of breast cancer. “Because I didn’t get a response and they didn’t seem to care, I really wasn’t comfortable going there,” said Retired Air Force lieutenant colonel Renee Sussman. She recounted a telephone...
  • VA official: Don't tell until asked about Legionnaires' outbreak among veterans (6 veterans died)

    05/22/2014 11:22:03 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 8 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | May 11 | Mike Wereschagin and Adam Smeltz
    Editor's note: This story is the second of two parts. A high-ranking official with Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System wanted the agency to keep quiet about a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak rather than warn the public, internal emails indicate. ... The email is among nearly 7,000 pages of internal VA emails and documents the Tribune-Review obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
  • 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....
  • Let’s make it three. Time for IRS and VA Select Committees as well

    05/23/2014 10:02:36 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/23/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In spite of what Democrats and their lapdogs in the media would have us believe, the American public does not trust Barack Obama. Because we are now beginning to feel the full effects of Obamacare, a Fox poll released last month told us 61% of Americans, including 38% of Democrats, think Obama is a liar to one extent or another. The Select Committee on Benghazi was a great start but now let’s keep looking. Democrats in both Houses know they are in trouble. Senate Democrats are staring at a nightmare Election Night in November. They’re on their heels so let’s...
  • 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 transition team was told about 3 audits showing VA misreported wait times

    05/22/2014 10:18:17 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 22, 2014 | Jim McElhatton
    President Obama’s transition team was warned in 2008 that repeated audits showed the Veterans Affairs Department was misreporting wait times for medical treatment, including one audit revealing delays nearly 10 times worse than the department was officially acknowledging. The situation was so bad that the inspector general said it stopped trying to police the issue until the VA could prove its information was accurate — raising a red flag for the transition team, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times. The documents, obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request, show the problem extended back to at least the...
  • 3 senior VA officials a no-show on Capitol Hill amid claims of cover-ups

    05/22/2014 9:21:32 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/22/14
    (CNN) -- The chairman of the congressional committee charged with investigating allegations of cooked books, a secret wait list and cover-ups in the Veterans Affairs health care system says the findings are "just the tip of the iceberg." "I know there's more to come," Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Florida, chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee said on New Day on Thursday. "We've received some information and some tips that will make what has already come look like kindergarten stuff." His comments come as the committee received word late Wednesday that the three senior VA officials called to testify at a...
  • Don’t Nationalize the VA’s Failures: They are endemic to government-run health care.

    05/22/2014 7:03:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/22/2014 | Charles C.W. Cooke
    A health-care system run and funded by a national government has been caught covering up its waiting lists, leaving patients without care for so long that they have died before they were attended to and, worst of all, perhaps, fudging the numbers in order to make itself and its political masters look more competent. I’m from England, and I’ve seen this movie before. Many American conservatives have responded to the news that the Department of Veterans Affairs is being run precisely as one would have reasonably suspected that the VA was being run by training their fire on the...
  • VA health centers on lock down in West Haven, Newington (Connecticut)

    05/20/2014 9:59:59 AM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 45 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | May 20, 2014 | unattributed
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care campuses in West Haven and Newington were limiting access and were on lockdown status Tuesday morning because of a “potential threat,” to the West Haven campus. The VA confirmed the lockdown status in a press release Tuesday morning, saying the threat was made by an individual.
  • Video: House Democrat destroys Shinseki, Obama over VA fiasco in floor speech

    05/21/2014 2:43:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 21 ,2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    David Scott’s not the only Democrat in revolt either. Rep. John Barrow also called for Shinseki to go today, and the left’s favorite cable news network devoted the better part of a segment to explaining that underfunding, the all-purpose scapegoat whenever liberals are in a political jam, doesn’t explain why veterans are being shafted. The White House is in trouble. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dUf4S1_xQE
  • CNN Reporter Stunned by Obama

    05/21/2014 2:24:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 21, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This CNN info guy is somewhat speechless. Think of this next sound bite as a sound bite of a Drive-By reporter learning in real time who Obama is. This is CNN's Newsroom this morning during what they called special coverage of Obama's remarks about the VA. This is after Obama spoke, after Obama told everybody how mad he was when he found out about this. Jake Tapper spoke with the correspondent, Drew Griffin, about Obama's remarks. Tapper said, "Drew Griffin, the reporter from CNN who began this whole story with his investigation into the Phoenix VA. Drew,...
  • West Virginia doctor claims patients on VA waiting list committed suicide

    05/19/2014 1:37:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2014
    A West Virginia doctor is coming forward with new allegations against the Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming that she too was told to put patients seeking treatment off for months on end—and that at least two of them committed suicide. The claims add to the mounting controversy surrounding the VA, and allegations in several states that workers were concealing information about the long wait times veterans encountered. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testified last week before Congress on the scandal, but so far has resisted calls for his resignation. Dr. Margaret Moxness, who says she was employed at the Huntington VA...
  • VA Scandal: So, This Is What Death Panels Look Like

    05/21/2014 10:43:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/21/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    The Veterans Administration hospital scandal that has claimed the lives of at least 40 U.S. military veterans continues to expand, adding to the image of a president who neither knows nor cares what happens to those who shed their blood on the battlefield for their fellow Americans. With a little under six months before the crucial midterm elections, it is a helpful reminder to voters of the horrors that are not glitches, but essential features, of government-provided health care. The problems at the VA are omens, sneak previews of what the delivery of all health care in America will look...
  • Miami VA Whistleblower Exposes Drug Dealing, Theft, Abuse

    05/21/2014 9:05:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 5/21/14
    When asked why he would risk his job and speak publicly, Detective Thomas Fiore considered the question carefully before answering. “People are dying,” he finally said, “and there are so many things that are going on there that people need to know about.” Fiore, a criminal investigator for the VA police department in South Florida, contacted CBS4 News hoping to shed light on what he considers a culture of cover-ups and bureaucratic neglect. Among his charges: Drug dealing on the hospital grounds is a daily occurrence.
  • 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.)
  • Obama Was Warned About VA 'Death Panels' 5 Years ago

    05/20/2014 9:37:15 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 20, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    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...
  • Veterans Affairs and Death by Bureaucracy

    05/20/2014 8:18:11 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 7 replies
    FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE ^ | 5/20/2014 | ArnoldAhlert
    Veterans Affairs and Death by Bureaucracy Posted By Arnold Ahlert On May 20, 2014 @ 12:19 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage There may finally be a scandal engulfing the Obama administration that even Democrats and their media collaborators can’t obfuscate. What happened at the VA facility in Phoenix, AZ, where employees created two sets of waiting lists to make it seem patients were being treated in a timely manner—and as many as 40 veterans allegedly died while languishing on the secret list—is an anomaly. Six more whistleblowers from around the nation have stepped forward, alleging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...
  • Make This Clear to People: This Veterans Hospital Death Panel Is a Preview of Life Under Obamacare

    05/20/2014 8:16:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | May 19, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Tom in Huntington Beach, California, welcome. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Hi, Mr. Limbaugh. What a thrill to talk to you. RUSH: Thank you. CALLER: I don't know if it's more of a thrill to talk to you or Mr. Snerdley. But anyway, I wanted to congratulate you on your fine children's book and your award. I think that was just wonderful. RUSH: Thank you, sir, very, very much. CALLER: I called because I told Mr. Snerdley, I signed up for a VA card over two years ago, and during the last...
  • Obama VA Scandal: Racehorse California Chrome Gets Faster Health Care Ruling

    05/19/2014 7:46:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 19, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So California Chrome, the horse that's gonna be running the Triple Crown. You're saying, "What? A horse? With everything going on out there?" Yeah, 'cause it's important, folks. You see, California Chrome was possibly violating the rules of horse racing by wearing Breathe Right nasal strips, a whole bunch of 'em, on the snout, or the snoot, the nose. And this, of course, allowed the horse to breathe more easily. Now American athletes in all sports use the Breathe Right nasal strips. I don't know if Breathe Right is the brand name, but it's the same principle....
  • Obama Campaigned Against VA Waiting Times, Care in 2007; Called Long Waiting Times "Dishonorable"

    05/19/2014 12:51:47 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 11 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/19/14 | Aurelius
    Though the Obama Administration is saying that the President is "madder than hell" at extremely long waiting times and that he would take action, Mr. Obama actually campaigned against what is going on now in 2007. In a speech entitled "A Sacred Trust" that then-Senator Obama gave on August 21, 2007, Mr. Obama slammed lengthy waiting times and the mishandling of VA wait times and health care. At the time, Obama was campaigning to win the Democrat nomination for President. "To keep our sacred trust," Mr. Obama explained, "I will improve mental health screening and treatment at all levels: from...
  • Surprise: WH Says Obama Found Out About VA Scandal On the News

    05/19/2014 5:26:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2014 | Guy Benson
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  • Reporters Call Out Carney For Spinning VA Retirement As A Resignation [VIDEO]

    05/19/2014 5:59:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/19/14 | Grae Stafford
    White House press secretary Jay Carney received a stiff rebuke at Monday’s press briefing after trying to spin the resignation of Dr. Robert Petzel, Veterans Affairs undersecretary for health, as proof of the administration’s accountability for the escalating scandal over veterans’ waiting lists. The spat began when ABC’s Jonathan Karl began questioning Carney about VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. “If this mess regarding wait times isn’t cleaned up soon, are General Shinseki’s days numbered as VA secretary?” Karl asked Carney. Carney pivoted to stress the president’s support for the VA before responding, “What the president wants is for the review and...
  • Jay Carney: Obama First Learned About VA Scandal in the Media

    05/19/2014 1:33:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 5/19/14 | Noah Rothman
    President Barack Obama first learned of the scandal involving Department of Veterans Affairs hospital administrators concealing the true wait times vets faced in the press, according to a claim made by White House Press Sec. Jay Carney on Monday. While the president may have not been aware of the falsified wait lists, however, reports indicate that his administration was informed of excessive wait times at the VA as early as 2008. Obama even campaigned on the issue of VA waiting lists in 2007. “When was the president first made aware of these problems?” CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked. “These fraudulent
  • Exclusive: VA Scandal Hits New Hospital

    05/19/2014 9:05:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 18, 2014 | Jacob Siegel
    Veterans with serious heart conditions, gangrene, and even brain tumors waited months for care at the Albuquerque VA hospital, a whistleblowing doctor tells The Daily Beast. Add Albuquerque, New Mexico’s to the growing list of VA hospitals accused of keeping secret waiting lists to hide delays for veterans seeking medical care. And it may already be too late to get to the truth and find out what harm, if any, was done to veterans there—VA officials are already destroying records to cover their tracks, a whistleblower inside the hospital tells The Daily Beast. Last month, word broke that the Department...
  • 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
    townhall.com ^ | 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.
  • He KNEW! Obama told of Veterans Affairs health care debacle as far back as 2008

    05/19/2014 8:49:55 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 18, 2014 | By Jim McElhatton
    The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal. Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting. “This is not only a data integrity issue in which [Veterans Health Administration] reports unreliable performance data; it affects quality of care by delaying — and potentially denying — deserving...
  • Team Obama warned on vets scandal in 2008

    05/19/2014 7:49:40 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner via Washington Times ^ | May 19 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    TEAM OBAMA WARNED ON VETS SCANDAL IN 2008 WashTimes: “The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal. Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn't trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting. ‘This is not only a data integrity issue in which [Veterans Health Administration] reports unreliable performance data; it affects quality of...
  • Lessons of the VA Scandal: Wait-listed till you die is what you expect from gov't-run health care

    05/19/2014 8:26:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/19/2014 | John Fund
    If our government has any obligation to fulfill its many promises on health care, it should be first and foremost to the men and women who served in our armed forces. But the scandal over hidden waiting lists at a growing number of veterans’ hospitals (seven so far) — wherein dozens of veterans died while waiting months for vital treatment, and the VA covered up the lengthy wait times — should make everyone wonder whether we can place our trust in a government-managed health-care system. The Dayton Daily News reported on Sunday that its investigation of a database of...
  • The Obvious Lessons of the VA Scandal

    05/19/2014 5:41:13 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5/19/2014 | David Catron
    My father was a veteran of World War II, and thus eligible to receive medical treatment at the VA hospital that operated a few miles from our house. He used it exactly once. His experience with what the Veterans Administration calls “health care” was so awful that he claimed to be more in fear of his life within the walls of that VA facility than he had ever been while on active duty in Europe. I confess that, at the time he made this assertion, I assumed he was indulging a penchant for hyperbole. I have long since learned otherwise....
  • 'Delay in treatment' a factor in more than 100 deaths at VA centers

    05/18/2014 10:15:58 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 23 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 18, 2014 | Josh Sweigart
    As controversy swirls around the Veterans Administration over deaths caused by delayed care, an investigation by the Dayton Daily News found that the VA settled many cases that appear to be related to delays in treatment. A database of paid claims by the VA since 2001 includes 167 in which the words "delay in treatment" is used in the description. The VA paid out a total of $36.4 million to settle those claims, either voluntarily or as part of a court action. The VA has admitted that 23 people have died because of delayed care, and is facing accusations that...
  • Obama warned about VA wait-time problems during 2008 transition

    05/18/2014 10:00:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/18/14 | Jim McElhatton -
    The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal. Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting. “This is not only a data integrity issue in which [Veterans Health Administration] reports unreliable performance data; it affects quality of care by delaying — and potentially denying — deserving...
  • Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?

    05/18/2014 10:13:55 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 42 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2014 | Jordain Carney & Stacy Kaper
    The failures of the Veterans Affairs Department are a moral abomination: They leave soldiers wounded at war to wait in long lines for the payments they need to fund their care. And VA failures are under new scrutiny amid reports of a string of preventable deaths among veterans and a growing political controversy around them—and many in Congress are pointing a finger in the White House's direction.
  • 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...
  • How VA hospitals are a government-run disaster

    05/17/2014 7:24:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 16, 2014 | Michael D. Tanner
    The news is shocking: Patients dying on the waiting list for government-provided healthcare. But this is not a report from Canada or the British National Health Service. It’s right here in America, in the health system administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The problems first surfaced in Phoenix, where the wait to receive care at VA facilities had grown so long that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor. As many as 40 veterans reportedly died because they couldn’t get the care they needed. VA administrators tried to cover up the problems...
  • While vets die waiting, Pentagon moves ahead with Manning sex change

    05/16/2014 12:16:32 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 42 replies
    Examiner ^ | 5/15/14 | Timothy Whiteman
    In the wake of an ever-burgeoning "wait for them to die" scandal within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the heavy hitters in the Obama Administration have made their priorities known; specifically, while accusations swirl of purposeful lack of medical attention to vets have resulted in needless deaths, the head honcho himself for the Department of Defense (DoD)greased the skids for a convicted turncoat to receive a taxpayer subsidized sex change operation. As reported on May 14, 2014 by both the Toronto, Canada-based The Globe and Mail and also the USA TODAY news portal, convicted renegade soldier Bradley Manning could...
  • White House: Top VA official's resignation "is a termination"

    05/16/2014 4:03:49 PM PDT · by kristinn · 37 replies
    CBS News ^ | Friday, May 16, 2014 | Steve Chaggaris
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said that Friday's resignation of Robert Petzel, a top Veterans Affairs official, was not a voluntary exit. "There is no question that this is a termination of his job there before he was planning to go," McDonough told CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett for an interview to air on "Face the Nation" this Sunday. Petzel, the undersecretary for health care at the VA, handed in his resignation to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Friday. He had already announced his intention to retire this year and President Obama earlier this month...
  • Sex Change For Manning As Vets Die From VA Neglect

    05/16/2014 9:39:45 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 16, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Abuse: The Pentagon tries to transfer convicted national security leaker Bradley Manning to a civilian prison to treat a gender disorder while veterans suffer and die waiting in vain on phony Veterans Administration lists. Or should we say Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the name chosen by the convicted leaker of sensitive classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Manning has asked for hormone therapy and to be able to live as a woman and the Pentagon is trying to help. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last month gave the Army approval to try to work out a transfer plan with the Federal Bureau...
  • VA Actions Kill Veterans--a Precursor for Obamacare?

    05/16/2014 4:48:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 15, 2014 | Rick Manning
    Government run health care has come under increased scrutiny as America has learned of the bureaucratic decisions to let patients die rather than receive treatment. No, this story isn’t about Obamacare, although it does provide a pretty bleak look into the future as the death panels and cost based health decisions come flowing out of Health and Human Services cubicle farms. This preview is provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, a Department which runs the crumbling VA health system. CNN reports that at least 40 veterans died waiting to see a doctor at the Phoenix Veterans Health Care...
  • 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...
  • VA Scandal: Testing and Care Rationed "Because of Dollars and Cents"

    05/13/2014 7:43:58 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    TownHall ^ | May 13, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Patients in a Southeast Texas Department of Veterans Affairs medical system faced denials or long delays in getting routine colonoscopies and other medical tests because of bureaucratic cost-cutting, a former top administrator told the Washington Examiner in an exclusive interview. Dr. Richard Krugman, former associate chief of staff at the Veterans Affairs health care system based in Harlingen, Texas, said his boss implemented a policy in 2010 that colonoscopies would only be approved if the patient tested positive in three successive screenings for bloody stools. “By the time that you do the colonoscopies on these patients, you went from a...
  • VA Scandal Spreads as Watchdog Opens New Probes

    05/15/2014 6:05:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 15, 2014 | Jacob Siegel
    A few weeks ago, it looked like only one Veterans’ Affairs hospital was cooking its books. Since then, five more facilities have been accused of doing the same—and new investigations are just getting started. There may be more secret waiting lists at Department of Veterans’ Affairs hospitals, like the ones that allegedly hid delays for veterans’ treatment and may have led to dozens of preventable deaths. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs Inspector General told a Senate panel Thursday that he had uncovered new evidence of inaccurately reported wait times at VA facilities—and that could mean more secret lists. So far,...
  • (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
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 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,”...
  • APNewsBreak: Obama Aide to Oversee VA Review

    05/14/2014 9:38:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    AP via CNS News ^ | Wednesday, May 15, 2014 | Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama is dispatching one of his closest White House advisers to oversee a review of the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department as the agency grapples with allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at a Phoenix veterans hospital. White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors will be temporarily assigned to the VA to work on a review focused on policies for patient safety rules and the scheduling of patient appointments, officials said Wednesday. The move signals Obama's growing concern over problems at the department, particularly recent reports that hospital administrators in Phoenix kept an off-the-books list to conceal...