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  • Obama opposes privatization of VA health care

    06/05/2016 3:57:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 5, 2016 5:29 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is opposing suggestions the government privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve health care veterans receive. In an interview with the Colorado Springs Gazette, the president said his administration has made progress modernizing the VA and providing veterans with more timely health care following criticism over wait times. Privatizing the agency would delay that progress, he said. The administration came under fire when it was disclosed that secret wait lists were uncovered at a VA health care system in Arizona amid reports that several veterans had died waiting for health care. Government investigations found significant system...
  • Lawmakers blast Loretta Lynch for supporting fired VA official

    06/01/2016 7:41:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    Top Republican lawmakers blasted Attorney General Loretta Lynch Wednesday for clearing a legal path for a former Veterans Affairs official at the heart of the waiting time scandal to get her job back. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the decision by Ms. Lynch not to defend in court a portion of the 2014 VA reform law could result in Sharon Helman, former head of the Phoenix, Arizona VA office, going back to work. ďThis decision by the Obama administration puts our veterans at further risk,Ē said Mr. McCarthy, California Republican. ďWe cannot entrust veteransí health care to people unwilling...
  • Hmmm: Office of Special Counsel accuses VA Inspector General of targeting whistleblowers

    02/26/2016 5:15:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 26, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    The scandal at the Veterans Administration may go deeper than first thought. According to a scathing letter from the US Office of Special Counsel, which has authority to probe whistleblower abuse within the executive branch, the VA‚Äôs Office of Inspectors General ignored whistleblowers and their complaints, shrugging off evidence of fraud and manipulation of wait time statistics. According to OSC,the IG even attempted to ‚Äúdiscredit the whistleblowers by focusing on the word ‚Äėsecret,'‚ÄĚ rather than try to correct the problems their investigation uncovered: A top government watchdog on Thursday accused the central agency tasked with holding Veterans Affairs accountable of...
  • VA hides failed hospital chief on the other side of the world

    02/24/2016 5:09:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 24, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    How many more of these stories are out there waiting to be told? The Daily Caller has struck again in their ongoing investigation of corruption at the VA, as well as the impossibility of getting rid of anyone who is failing at their job, incompetent or simply breaking the law. This time it‚Äôs a story which dates back to 2013. The head of the St. Louis Department of Veterans Affairs hospital at that time was one Rima Nelson. Things didn‚Äôt go so well with Rima in charge, and by ‚Äúnot so well‚ÄĚ I mean that 1,800 patients were potentially exposed...
  • Michelle Malkin: Deadly D.C.: The Land of No Consequences

    12/01/2015 4:30:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 2, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    In life and leadership, accountability means consequences for bad behavior. In Washington, accountability means yet another congressional meeting about another government scandal perpetrated by tax-subsidized corruptocrats who get away with murder. Literally. This week, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs will hold the 999,999th oversight hearing (give or take a few) on the VA's homicidal, no-fault culture. "In the wake of the biggest scandal in VA history, in which 110 VA medical facilities maintained secret lists to hide long waits for care," the panel notes, "the department has successfully fired just three low-level employees for manipulating wait times. Not a...
  • 307,000 veterans may have died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report says

    09/04/2015 6:48:03 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | September 3, 2015
    Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday
  • Empower VA Secretary to Act, Then Require Him To

    07/31/2015 7:01:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | Rep Martha Roby
    In has been almost a year since the director of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System was firedafter numerous reports of mismanagement and malfeasance were exposed. Among them: ∑ Manipulation of veteran patient scheduling data was pervasive, as a national-high of more than 57 percent of employees reported that managers instructed them to change appointment times to artificially hide chronically long waits; ∑ More than 1000 patient X-Rays, some showing malignancies, went missing for months and years; ∑ A pulmonologist was caught twice falsifying more than 1200 patient records, but somehow given a satisfactory review; ∑ An employee took...
  • Donald Trump Surges To Commanding Lead In Post-McCain Backlash Poll

    07/24/2015 1:20:45 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 24, 2015 | John Nolte
    While his favorability rating took a hit, a new poll shows that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trumpís comments about Senator Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)ís war record are not the silver bullet many in the GOP and media hoped. A YouGov poll taken after Trumpís ill-considered remarks show his support among Republican voters has surged by double digits and well-ahead of Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, his two closest competitors. During the week of July 4-6, Trump was in first place, with 15% choosing the billionaire businessman over the rest of the field. Bush sat at 11%, which tied with Kentucky...
  • Trump is Right about Songbird McCain and hereís why

    07/22/2015 7:11:35 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 123 replies
    I do realize that everyone from Charles Krauthammer to the recently escaped Mexican drug lord, El Chapo, is piling onto Donald Trump for his straight-forward remarks. Well, being the contrarian that I am, I am going to come down on the side of Mr. Trump! Do I like him? No. Never have. I don't like his swagger, his cockiness, his arrogance. And I certainly don't care for that mop of comb-over fake hair. But they say the difference between egotism and self-assurance is the ability to produce. By any measure, he certainly wins that contest, both at home and abroad....
  • Fact Check: The Washington Post on Donald Trump and John McCain

    07/19/2015 4:20:46 AM PDT · by Amntn · 37 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | 7/18/15 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    Donald Trump appears to have gotten under the skin of not only Democrats, but also fellow Republicans and the news media. Has that subjected Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, to unfair and/or inaccurate reporting? An article in the Washington Post today is headlined, ďTrump slams McCain for being Ďcapturedí in Vietnam.Ē The articleís lead sentence states, ďRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese [emphasis added].Ē Is this report accurate? In fact, Trumpís actual quote...
  • Trump: Statement on John McCain

    07/18/2015 12:23:11 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 126 replies
    Facebook page for Donald J. Trump ^ | July 18, 2015 | Donald Trump
    I am not a fan of John McCain because he has done so little for our Veterans and he should know better than anybody what the Veterans need, especially in regards to the VA. He is yet another all talk, no action politician who spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job and helping the Vets. He is also allowing our military to decrease substantially in size and strength, something which should never be allowed to happen. Furthermore, he was extremely disrespectful to the thousands upon thousands of people, many of whom happen to be...
  • One-Third of Veterans Awaiting VA Healthcare Already Dead, Report Says

    07/14/2015 4:23:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/14/15 | Morgan Chalfant
    According to a leaked internal document from the Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly one-third of veterans awaiting healthcare coverage at the VA have already died. The April 2015 report, leaked to the Huffington Post by VA whistleblower Scott Davis, indicates that 238,657 of the 847,882 veterans waiting to be enrolled in VA healthcare are already dead, suggesting that over 28 percent of veterans applying for health coverage perished while waiting for it. VA spokeswoman Walinda West played down the number, insisting that some of those listed as having ďpendingĒ status may well have not completed their applications for healthcare coverage...
  • Report: One-third of vets on pending medical care list already dead

    07/14/2015 6:02:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/13/15 | Martin Matishak
    An internal Veterans Affairs Department report states that about one-third of the veterans waiting to receive medical care from the agency have already died. ... as of April, 847,822 veterans were awaiting healthcare and that of those, 238,647 were already deceased. The report was handed over by Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta He also sent copies to the House and Senate VA panels and to the White House. ... VA wants you to believe, by virtue of people being able to get health care elsewhere, it's not a big deal. But VA...
  • [Veterans Affairs] VA says it may shut down hospitals to close $2.5B budget gap

    07/13/2015 1:40:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2015 4:32 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    The Department of Veterans Affairs says it may have to shut down some hospitals next month if Congress does not address a $2.5 billion shortfall for the current budget year. The VA told Congress Monday that it needs to cover shortfalls caused by an increased demand by veterans for health care, including costly treatments for hepatitis C. Ö
  • In Colorado, VA Officials Retire ĎUnscathedí From Role in Growing Scandal

    07/03/2015 12:57:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Veterans Affairs employees in Aurora, Colorado, who played a role in the agencyís expanding scandal, have found a way to escape punishment Ė theyíre retiring. In May, the building of the Aurora Veterans Affairs department was $1 billion over budget and more than a year behind schedule, ABC News†reported. Taxpayers were forced to shell out hundreds of millions of dollars to bring it back on track. Contributing factors to the project's†slow progress†included "changes to veterans' health care needs, site-acquisition issues, and a decision in Denver to change plans from a medical center shared with a local medical university to a...
  • VA says it faces $2.5B budget shortfall

    06/25/2015 12:46:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2015 2:27 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    The Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday it faces a budget shortfall of more than $2.5 billion, mainly because of increased demand by veterans for health care, including new life-saving treatments for Hepatitis C. Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson told a House committee that VA health care sites experienced a 10.5 percent increase in workload for the 12-month period that ended in April. The VA needs flexibility from Congress to close the budget gap, Gibson said, adding that the agency is considering furloughs, hiring freezes and other significant moves. The VA wants to use money from the new Veterans Choice...
  • What VA scandal? Wait times for veteran's medical care still soaring

    06/22/2015 7:03:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/22/2015 | Rick Moran
    No one at the VA has gotten the ax for falsifying records that showed veterans waiting months for medical care. And no one will probably be fired for continued incompetence at the VA. Washington Times: The number of veterans seeking health  care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago when scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported. The VA also faces a budget  shortfall of nearly $3 billion, the Times reported in a story posted...
  • Fired Dem staffer files ethics complaint against senator

    04/21/2015 12:15:27 PM PDT · by Kyle Olson · 15 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 4/21/15 | RightWisconsin.com
    Fired Tammy Baldwin staffer Marquette Baylor filed an ethics complaint Monday with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics against her former boss alleging the Democratic Senator made ďfalse statements and representations to cover up actions by her Chief of Staff and protect her political career.Ē Baylorís complaint details what she calls a ďmisinformation campaignĒ meant to lay the blame for the failure of the office to properly react to whistleblower complaints about opioid abuse at the Tomah VA facility. Baylorís complaint also details for the first time the rejected severance package and confidentiality agreement that would have paid Baylor...
  • Video: New VA scandal shows vets cheated out of benefits

    02/25/2015 10:09:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 25, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    And some of them never lived to see their rightful benefits from service to our nation. The VA in Oakland, California routinely ignored the query letters from veterans seeking various benefits, despite regulations requiring a response. When the issue came to the attention of VA leadership in 2012, they assigned a team to go through the records ó and then deep-sixed those records when it became obvious that something very wrong had taken place. In fact, as one whistleblower tells CBS News, the cover-up lasted until ďa few months ago,Ē cheating thousands of veterans:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) But whether the veteran was dead...
  • Veterans Affairs Head Robert McDonald Lied About Serving in Special Forces

    02/24/2015 5:49:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald is under fire today after admitting to the Huffington Post that he lied about serving in the Special Forces.†Robert McDonald, the secretary of veterans affairs, wrongly claimed in a videotaped comment earlier this year that he served in special operations forces, the most elite units in the armed forces, when his military service of five years was spent almost entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division during the late 1970s. U.S. special operations forces (SOF) are composed of exhaustively trained and highly capable troops from each military service, including the Green...
  • Obama to sign veterans suicide prevention bill

    02/12/2015 7:28:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 9:05 AM EST
    President Barack Obama is joining with lawmakers and government leaders to cast a spotlight on the issue of suicide among veterans. Obama on Thursday will sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law. [Ö] The measure is named for a Marine who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ö
  • Obama Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Started Sorority With Holderís Wife

    01/30/2015 5:46:07 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/27/2015 | Patrick Howley
    resident Obamaís Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was a charter member of an all-black Harvard sorority ó and so was Eric Holderís wife. ... can Lynch as an investigator really be objective when it comes to her predecessor, who is currently in contempt of Congress over Fast and Furious scandal document obstruction and would probably warrant investigation from an unbiased successor? After all, Lynch goes way back with Holderís wife. ďThe Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
  • Will anyone be held responsible for the VAís criminal negligence?

    01/03/2015 8:02:28 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | January 3, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    According to Medical data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Washington Free Beacon, the Veterans Administration admitted that more than 500 military veterans died as a result of errors made at Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals across the country between fiscal years 2010 and 2014. During this time the VA admitted there were 1,452 ďinstitutional disclosures of adverse eventsĒ that resulted in the deaths of 526 patients. The VA identifies ďadverse eventsĒ as cases in which improper care results in the serious injury or death of a patient. They are defined as ďÖuntoward incidents, diagnostic or therapeutic...
  • APNewsBreak: VA fires Phoenix hospital director

    11/24/2014 3:16:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2014 5:29 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    The head of the troubled Phoenix veteransí hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays. Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, was ousted nearly seven months after she and two high-ranking officials were placed on administrative leave amid an investigation into allegations that 40 veterans died while awaiting treatment at the hospital. Helman had led the giant Phoenix facility, which treats more than 80,000 veterans a year,...
  • 6 Months Since VA Scandal Broke and ĎNothing Has Changedí

    11/20/2014 8:27:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Nov 19 2014 3:00 pm
    Itís been six months since President Obama vowed there would be major changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs. A new VA Secretary is on the job and has said he plans to fire up to 1,000 people in the agency and hire nearly 30,000 medical professionals. But Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, explained this morning that when it comes to long wait times for a doctorís appointment, nothing has changed. [Ö] Ö The head of the Phoenix VA, where the whole scandal started earlier this year, is still on paid administrative leave. ďNo justice, no accountability...
  • VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

    08/25/2014 9:48:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 108 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8/25/14 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays. Revelations that as many as 40 veterans died while awaiting care at the Phoenix VA hospital rocked the agency last spring, bringing to light scheduling problems and allegations of misconduct at other hospitals as well. The scandal led to the resignation of former VA Secretary...
  • 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 Ė despite the urgency he placed publicly on the crisis Ė 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.
  • Congress approves VA reform bill

    08/01/2014 10:30:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2014 | (With AP)
    The Senate gave final approval Thursday to sweeping legislation aimed at fixing the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, marking a rare moment of bipartisan accord triggered by the widespread treatment delays veterans faced at agency facilities. The legislation passed 91-3 a day after the House overwhelmingly approved the package. It now goes to President Obamaís desk. The $17 billion measure is intended help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them, and make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. Ö
  • On Twitter now: Help trend #VAsurge

    07/21/2014 8:16:30 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    Twitter ^ | July 21, 2014 | Me
    There is a Twitter campaign on now to generate support for our veterans by tweeting messages with the hashtag #VAsurge. I'm calling on FReepers with Twitter accounts to help out by posting supportive messages with the #VAsurge hashtag.
  • Numerous reports of whistleblower reprisals trigger VA office overhaul

    07/08/2014 10:06:06 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Travis J. Tritten
    WASHINGTON ó Jose Mathews became chief of psychiatry for the VA in St. Louis and quickly realized the departmentís reported wait times for veterans seeking treatment did not match reality. Deeply troubled by what he saw, Mathews raised $60,000 from private donors to conduct his own survey to help determine whether patients were getting timely psychiatric care at the cityís Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. The VA launched an investigation of the doctor and immediately moved him from the management position to a new job evaluating compensation for mental disorders, said Mathews, who testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee...
  • Congress Wants to Double Down on VA Failures

    07/07/2014 5:52:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Michael Tanner
    Bipartisanship has broken out in Washington. This isnít usually a good sign. Faced with the ongoing scandal in the VA health-care system, Democrats and Republicans have joined together to rush through legislation in near-record time. The Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Bernie Sanders and John McCain, in early June ó just two months (or a blink in D.C. terms) ó and the House has followed suit. The margins in both chambers were overwhelming: 93Ė3 in the Senate, and 421Ė0 in the House. A conference committee will now work out the differences between the two bills. The legislation sounds great: bipartisan,...
  • Marine-Artist ďSaboĒ Attacks Political Correctness

    07/07/2014 6:29:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Former Marine and anonymous street artist ďSaboĒ uses paint and provocative posters to compel Americans to think outside the box of political correctness. Sabo is not a ďkid-friendlyĒ artist. His art incorporates the middle finger, a topless Wendy Davis ďBarbieĒ doll, and Nancy Pelosi twerking in latex lingerie. But Sabo uses incendiary language and images solely to get Americans to think about hard issues rather than sweeping them away with political correctness. Saboís use of provocative words and images (as seen on his poster of a shirtless, tattooed, and smoking Sen. Ted Cruz) is in the vein of famous artists...
  • Exclusive: Inside the VA's Spin-'N-Stonewall Machine

    07/02/2014 6:05:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is very concerned. No, the communications specialists in the agency are not concerned with veterans in need. They're not concerned with citizens and public officials requesting public information. They're not concerned with journalists seeking the truth. What these entrenched government employees care most about, above all else, is the business of spin and stonewalling. The VA mouthpieces are preoccupied with covering their ample bureaucratic backsides, withholding data, monitoring critics, fending off watchdogs and running constant interference for their corrupt, negligent agency. In a string of internal...
  • VA offers appointment to man 2 years after he dies

    07/01/2014 10:29:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 9:07 AM EDT
    The Veterans Affairs Department is apologizing to a Massachusetts woman for offering an appointment to her husband almost two years after he died. Suzanne Chase, of Acton, tells WBZ-TV her Vietnam veteran husband, Doug, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011. Ö
  • Scathing VA review finds 'significant and chronic system failures'

    06/27/2014 8:46:57 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 27 June, 2014 | Richard Simon
    The VA suffers from ďsignificant and chronic systemic failuresĒ that must be addressed by department leadership, according to a White House report delivered to President Barack Obama on Friday, giving urgency to congressional legislation aimed at reducing veteransí wait times for health care and holding officials more accountable. Among the problems cited are a ďcorrosive cultureĒ that has led to personnel problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs, exacerbated by poor management and a history of retaliation toward employees raising issues. The report is the latest stinging assessment of the VA, which operates 1,700 hospitals and clinics. White House Deputy...
  • Exposed: How the VA Red-Flags 'Disruptive' Vets

    06/25/2014 4:41:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Imagine how much better off America's veterans would be if the federal government spent more time delivering actual care and less time compiling tyrannical lists. The death-inducing secret waiting lists for patients are just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know, for example, that the VA keeps a database on "disgruntled" and "disruptive" vets that results in arbitrarily restricted care? Disabled Air Force veteran and veterans advocate/attorney Benjamin Krause has been raising questions about the system for months and warning his peers. Under the VA policy on "patient record flags" (PRFs), federal bureaucrats can classify vets as "threats"...
  • Top 10 outrageous VA behaviors

    06/24/2014 9:35:06 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 24, 2014
    In addition to covering up appointment wait time records and handing out undeserved bonus awards, misconduct within the Department of Veterans Affairs extends to everything from sexual abuse and skipping work to identity theft and drug distribution. Some examples of the departmentís most egregious employee misconduct, from a report released by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.): 1. Veteran patients suffer sexual abuse by VA doctors A male neurologist at the Colmery-OíNeil VA Medical Center in Kansas violated at least five female patients by conducting unnecessary ďbreast examinationsĒ and at least one unnecessary ďpelvic examination.Ē He received a 32-month suspended sentence and...
  • Senator: More than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of VA misconduct

    06/24/2014 9:39:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 24, 2014 | By Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON ó Over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of misconduct by employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a report released Tuesday by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. ďToo many men and women who bravely fought for our freedom are losing their lives, not at the hands of terrorists or enemy combatants, but from friendly fire in the form of medical malpractice and neglect by the Department of Veterans Affairs,Ē Coburn said in a letter addressed to taxpayers, which was attached to the report. In a press release, Coburn said the...
  • Why the VA scandal has "legs" that will carry it to Obama's doorstep

    06/17/2014 7:21:20 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 2 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | June 17, 2014 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    People donít trust Barack Obama. They donít think he is competent and are ready to believe he is the cause of the VA scandal whether this is true or not. In the 1970ís 80s 90s and on to 2000 the VA had to treat far fewer veterans who had sympathy invoking visible injuries. They were treating veterans of WW I, WW II Korea and Viet Nam, many of whom were suffering from age related infirmities. The WWI and II veterans mostly presented illnesses associated with old age. The Korea and Viet Nam veterans had more visible injuries, but they were...
  • Fixing the VA: Beyond the Usual Suspects

    06/16/2014 1:26:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jiune 16, 2014 | Michael Tanner
    If the ongoing scandal in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system provides evidence of anything ó in addition to our ongoing failure to provide adequate care for our veterans ó itís that Washingtonís response is sadly predictable. The first instinct in Washington is to look for scapegoats, or at least a sacrificial lamb. Accordingly, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned. No doubt he should have, since he was apparently clueless about the ongoing problems in his department. But the keyword here is ďongoing.Ē The problems within the VA health system go back decades, long before the current...
  • Obama Ramps Up America's Destruction

    06/12/2014 1:12:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 13, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    If people aren't extremely concerned about what's going on in this country now, you might want to check them for a pulse. Frankly, I am having a hard time getting my mind around the rapidity of the nation's decline. I have written two books chronicling President Obama's nightmarish path of destruction, but since the second one was published, events have been happening at an even more explosive pace. Who would have ever imagined that Ronald Reagan's famous statement that "freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction" would turn out to be a gross understatement? In the past...
  • BREAKING: Phoenix FBI Office Launches Criminal Investigation Into VA Scandal

    06/11/2014 10:34:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Since revelations of secret wait lists and veteran deaths at VA medical facilities surfaced two months ago, lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have been pressing the Department of Justice to open up a criminal investigation into the ongoing VA scandal. According to CBS News, the FBI office in Phoenix has launched that criminal probe. Phoenix was the first location where whistleblowers exposed potential criminal wrongdoing and stated veterans had died as a result of long wait times for care. As of now, we know the VA scandal includes more than 40 hospitals in dozens of states...
  • Vets flood American Legion seeking help with care

    06/10/2014 6:45:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2014 8:40 PM EDT | Emaun Kashfi
    Vietnam veteran Gene Stoesser has been waiting nearly two months for an appointment with a Veterans Affairs doctor to schedule his heart surgery. The 71-year-old former Marine from Glendale, Arizona, went to the emergency room at the VAís Phoenix hospital on April 28 with chest pains. He said he was told heíd need surgery soon, but has yet to get an appointment. ďThey sent me home to die,Ē Stoesser said Tuesday, surrounded by dozens of other veterans at a crisis center set up by the American Legion in downtown Phoenix in a first-of-its-kind event for the nationís largest veterans group....
  • Sowell: The Prisoner Swap Deal (0bama)

    06/09/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 10, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    People are arguing about what the United States got out of the deal that swapped five top level terrorist leaders for one American soldier who was, at best, absent from his post in a war zone. Soldiers who served in the same unit with him call him a deserter. The key to this deal, however, is less likely to be what the United States got out of the deal than it is about what Barack Obama got out of the deal. If nothing else, it instantly got the veterans' hospitals scandals off the front pages of newspapers and pushed these...
  • Bergdahl Confirms Obama and the Dems as the Damnedest Fools

    06/09/2014 4:10:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | John Ransom
    So it comes to this: After all that has been said about Barack Obama, in the end there is very little to say. You are either willing to overlook Barack Obamaís foibles and foolishness; or you arenít. We we're right, you were wrong. You can either admit or you can't. There is no middle ground. There is no saying for example ďWell heís kind of new in the job,Ē or ďThis is an example of one bad apple in his Cabinet,Ē or ďThe president didnít know about it.Ē Going into his second term, you either knew what we had...
  • The Bergdahl swap: a full-blown Obama scandal in less than 48 hours

    06/03/2014 7:45:04 AM PDT · by don-o · 156 replies
    Human Events ^ | June 3, 2014 | John Hayward
    As one of the characters in ďAnchormanĒ observed of its bloody brawl between news teams: Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast. Two days after President Obama broke the law to arrange an insanely reckless swap of five incredibly dangerous Taliban terrorists for captive American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, virtually every aspect of the deal has blown up in Obamaís face, and the whole thing has soured into another five-star scandal for an Administration riddled with them. Maybe itís the accumulated weight of Obama fatigue, or the sheer stupidity and arrogance the President displayed in...
  • Bergdahl Exchange Highlights Obamaís Political Incompetence

    The Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange keeps getting worse for Obama. The military for years considered him a deserter. They knew where he was and how many people guarded him but didnít risk more American lives for a deserter. Six had already died in the original search for Bergdahl. The news on Bergdahl hasnít gotten any better in the last 24 hours. Not only is it apparent that he was a deserter, he may also have been a Taliban collaborator. It makes you wonder whether the six soldiers killed looking for Bergdahl died because he provided the Taliban with intelligence. What...
  • Bernie Sanders blocked VA Accountability Act [apparently, he refused to read the 3 page bill]

    06/02/2014 6:49:08 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    azcentral.com (link only) | May 26, 2014 | Charles Lopresto
    link only: http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/letters/2014/05/26/bernie-sanders-blocked-va-accountability-act/9614547/
  • Rep. Brown: 4 Million Will Die in Florida Without Expansion of Health Care

    05/31/2014 1:01:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 30, 2014 - 1:56 PM | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) says that over 4 million Florida residents will die if Medicaid is not expanded there. ďIn fact, weíve got over 4 million people that need medical expansion of health care that we are sending back, thatís going to die because theyíre not getting the quality health care that they need,Ē Brown said during Wednesday nightís Veteranís Affairs Committee hearing. Brown was being critical of Gov. Rick Scottís (R-Fla.) move to sue the U.S. Department of Veteranís Affairs for not allowing state hospital officials to inspect federal medical care facilities. Ö
  • Analysis: Shinseki exit breaks Obamaís 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. Heíd 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 veteransí patient care mounted daily. Shinseki left even before the review Obama had ordered of the departmentís...