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  • 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 — Jose Mathews became chief of psychiatry for the VA in St. Louis and quickly realized the department’s 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 city’s 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 isn’t 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 — just two months (or a blink in D.C. terms) — and the House has followed suit. The margins in both chambers were overwhelming: 93–3 in the Senate, and 421–0 in the House. A conference committee will now work out the differences between the two bills. The legislation sounds great: bipartisan,...
  • Marine-Artist “Sabo” 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 “Sabo” uses paint and provocative posters to compel Americans to think outside the box of political correctness. Sabo is not a “kid-friendly” artist. His art incorporates the middle finger, a topless Wendy Davis “Barbie” 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. Sabo’s 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. …
  • 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 “significant and chronic systemic failures” 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 veterans’ wait times for health care and holding officials more accountable. Among the problems cited are a “corrosive culture” 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 department’s 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-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Kansas violated at least five female patients by conducting unnecessary “breast examinations” and at least one unnecessary “pelvic examination.” 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 — 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. “Too 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,” 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 don’t trust Barack Obama. They don’t 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 1970’s 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 — in addition to our ongoing failure to provide adequate care for our veterans — it’s that Washington’s 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 “ongoing.” 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 VA’s Phoenix hospital on April 28 with chest pains. He said he was told he’d need surgery soon, but has yet to get an appointment. “They sent me home to die,” 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 nation’s 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 Obama’s foibles and foolishness; or you aren’t. 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 “Well he’s kind of new in the job,” or “This is an example of one bad apple in his Cabinet,” or “The president didn’t know about it.” 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 “Anchorman” 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 Obama’s face, and the whole thing has soured into another five-star scandal for an Administration riddled with them. Maybe it’s the accumulated weight of Obama fatigue, or the sheer stupidity and arrogance the President displayed in...
  • Bergdahl Exchange Highlights Obama’s 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 didn’t risk more American lives for a deserter. Six had already died in the original search for Bergdahl. The news on Bergdahl hasn’t 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. “In fact, we’ve got over 4 million people that need medical expansion of health care that we are sending back, that’s going to die because they’re not getting the quality health care that they need,” Brown said during Wednesday night’s Veteran’s Affairs Committee hearing. Brown was being critical of Gov. Rick Scott’s (R-Fla.) move to sue the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs for not allowing state hospital officials to inspect federal medical care facilities. …
  • 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 in 2008: "No more waiting in line at the VA"

    05/30/2014 4:54:39 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    Excerpts from Obama Terre Haute campaign speech | April 12, 2008
    The U.S. senator from Illinois said as commander-in-chief he would “keep you safe. I will not hesitate to strike against those who would do us harm.” He said the U.S. military should also be treated properly “when they come home. No more homeless veterans, begging for disability payments, no more waiting in line at the VA [Veterans Administration]. “It also means using our military wisely. The war in Iraq was unwise. That is why I opposed it in 2002 and that is why I will bring it to an end in 2009. It is time to bring our troops home,”...
  • 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
  • 'INTERNAL VA EMAIL' REVEALS LOS ANGELES VA HOSPITAL 'MANIPULATED' RECORDS

    05/29/2014 10:33:21 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 29, 2014 | by WILLIAM BIGELOW
    On the floor of the House Wednesday, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs featured a dialogue between Chairman Jeff Miller and Dr. Thomas Lynch, assistant deputy undersecretary for health for clinical operations at the Veterans Health Administration. Another shocking piece of information about VA hospitals was revealed during that exchange. Miller revealed he had received an email from an employee at the Los Angeles VA Medical Center in which the employee raised concerns over the status of patient wait times and the possible manipulation of records. The director of the facility responded to colleagues via email and said that the...
  • SEVEN VULNERABLE SENATE DEMOCRATS CALL FOR VA SECRETARY ERIC SHINSEKI'S RESIGNATION

    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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Vet Allegedly Beaten To Death At VA Hospital

    05/27/2014 6:24:26 PM PDT · by Altariel · 85 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | May 25, 2014 | Sarah Fruchtnicht
    A California woman says Veterans Administration hospital guards beat her husband to death after he waited four hours for dialysis. Norma Montano says her husband of 44 years, Jonathan, died of a stroke on June 11, 2011, after he was beaten and had his carotid artery stomped by VA guards. Montano says the hospital also lied to her about what happened to her husband. Montano’s son and daughter are also plaintiffs in the suit. Montano says he husband was tired of waiting, but when he tried to leave and go to another facility, he “was told by the nursing staff...
  • 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.
  • Whistleblower says Veterans Affairs cost-cutting led to denials, delays in life-saving cancer tests

    05/28/2014 12:54:18 AM PDT · by grundle · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 12, 2014 | Mark Flatten
    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...
  • NANCY PELOSI: CAN'T SAY FOR SURE VA DEATHS ARE A 'SCANDAL'

    05/27/2014 11:31:07 AM PDT · by kingattax · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 May 2014 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    It depends on what the meaning of 'scandal' is. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi explained in an interview with Vox founder Ezra Klein that the situation surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs wasn’t quite a “scandal” in the official sense of the word. “I think anytime our men and women in uniform are not served in a manner they deserve, you could perhaps call it ‘a scandal,’ because it’s scandalous,” she hedged. “Whether its ‘a scandal’ with intention and the rest of that the evidence remains to be seen.” Reports from agency whistleblowers and the mainstream media indicate that veterans...
  • Pro-Vet "Rolling Thunder" Rally Comes to DC As VA Fails Veterans

    05/26/2014 3:37:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    Rolling Thunder, a biker rally in Washington, D.C. created during the Vietnam War to honor American veterans, comes to the Capitol during Memorial Day weekend during the VA health scandal in which the government has been falsifying information about their ability to help America's veterans. The rally is held every year during Memorial Day, and they expect over 500,000 motorcyclists to participate this year. As WTOP reported: This weekend, the VA scandal, which erupted in April when it was reported that 40 veterans may have died waiting for care in Phoenix, AZ., is on a lot of veterans' minds....
  • Veteran’s Affairs Case Files

    05/26/2014 12:08:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2014 | Larry Provost
    As the VA scandal grows, and the administration lies about the position of The American Legion, I recall how I saw government insistence on numbers, at the expense of people’s lives, firsthand. Almost a year ago that I stood in the office of the advocate, who worked for a Veteran’s organization, in a Department of Veteran’s Affairs building in Washington, D.C. My education of how government, when run amok, will treat its Veterans was about to begin. The advocate was a fine young man and enjoyed his work, even with the many disability claims cases on his desk. He saw...
  • VA expands veterans’ access to outside medical care, in effort to clear long waits

    05/25/2014 9:50:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2014 | (With AP)
    The Obama administration said Saturday it will allow more veterans to get health care outside Veterans Affairs facilities, following recent revelations about long waits for treatment and purported secret lists that hid backlogs. […] Democratic and Republican lawmakers have pressed for the policy change as the VA confronts the allegations about employees falsifying appointment records to cover up delays in care and about veterans dying while awaiting treatment at VA centers. …
  • Bodies of 28 Veterans At LA County Morgue Will Finally Receive Proper Burial

    05/25/2014 8:55:33 AM PDT · by ExNewsExSpook · 19 replies
    KCBS/KCAL-TV ^ | 5/23/2014 | Staff
    The bodies of 28 veterans at the L.A. County Morgue were finally moved Friday for burial to the Riverside National Cemetery. CBS2/KCAL9 pressed the L.A. County CoronerÂ’s Office Thursday to find out why the bodies had not yet received a proper burial after a source indicated there may have been as many as 60 veterans at the morgue for the past year and a half. The morgue says the bodies were unclaimed and they donÂ’t know how long the veterans were there. The law states veterans are supposed to receive a proper burial. The Veterans Administration says they were never...
  • Freedom of Choice for Vets

    05/25/2014 5:22:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Chalk it up to “administrative error.” Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System Director Sharon Helman was awarded an $8,500 bonus, even as her VA health care operation underwent investigation for falsifying patient information to hide the long wait times that reportedly have caused the deaths of 40 veterans. The bonus has now, after much publicity, been rescinded. Sadly, the veterans who died because of a fraudulently inefficient system cannot be brought back to life. The bonus money merely adds insult to a much more serious injury — one we now know extends far beyond Phoenix. The investigation has already spread...
  • Curing The VA Problems

    05/25/2014 5:15:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    The last subject we should be engaged in over Memorial Day weekend is the hapless handling of the medical care for the people who have made the most personal sacrifices for this country. Instead of honoring them properly we are having a national debate about who screwed up and why these venerated Americans are not receiving the services they deserve. Thankfully, Steven T. Miller has been relieved of duty as a result of the whole affair. Oops, that is the wrong guy who was about to retire and became a sacrificial lamb. He was the temporary head of the IRS...
  • Pelosi Resorts to "Blame Bush" On VA Scandal

    05/25/2014 4:41:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    During the George W. Bush Administration, progressives were hailing the Veterans Affairs health system as a model health organization. Now that it's come out that the VA suffers from the same bureaucratic nightmares that all socialized-style systems do, progressives want to roll back the clock on their rhetoric. Luckily, Nancy Pelosi has found the real person whose fault it is: George W. Bush. As Joel Gehrke reports: Pelosi took a shot at Bush while saying that the scandal is a high priority for Obama. "He sees the ramifications of some seeds that were sown a long time ago, when you...
  • Death By Waiting List

    05/24/2014 8:24:32 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | May 24, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    During the investigation of the Watergate Scandal, Senator Howard Baker (R-TN) asked out loud, “What did the President know and when did he know it?” A good question to ask the current resident of the White House. For although a very smart man (according to the left), Mr. Obama appears to be pretty damned ignorant of the various scandals happening on his watch. If the One only learns about Regime scandals from the media, he needs to fire his staff. After all, if these people are not telling him anything AND letting him get into trouble, he doesn’t need them....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The VA, The NHS And Choice

    05/22/2014 7:29:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland -- President Obama Wednesday replayed a familiar scenario when dealing with scandal, in this case delays for treatment, deaths, alleged cover-ups and other acts of malfeasance reported at Veterans Administration hospitals in the United States: first express outrage, next announce an investigation and then say he won't comment on the scandal until the results of the investigation are in, promising people will be held "accountable," if they violated the law. Good luck with that. Meanwhile, critics are using the VA scandal to indict Obamacare. They believe what is occurring at VA hospitals is a preview of coming...
  • Obama's talking points miss point on VA scandal

    05/22/2014 6:05:44 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 22 may 2014 | John Kass
    After keeping his mouth shut on that growing Veterans Affairs scandal for weeks, President Barack Obama finally acted. Not with deeds. But with words. The scandal involves reports of secret admissions lists, falsified data and some 40 veterans dying while waiting for treatment. JOHN So Obama did what he does best. He talked. He didn't fire Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Firing Shinseki would suggest he was actually taking responsibility, rather than just talking about taking responsibility. So instead Obama did his thing with words. He's a talker, this President Windsock from Chicago, first leaning this way, then that, considering...
  • What The VA Scandal Exposes About Liberalism

    05/22/2014 4:26:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    resident Obama is “madder than hell” about the scandal at the Veterans Administration. How do we know? Dennis McDonough, Obama’s chief of staff, told us so. Between fundraisers and golf outings, the president took time from his “busy” schedule to inform his chief of staff aside how angry he was that his administration was, in effect, issuing death sentences to veterans by hiding them on secret wait lists so as not to endanger performance bonuses bureaucrats receive for ensuring those vets did not, in fact, die. The president must be so angry he’s lost the ability to speak – at...
  • Probe of U.S. Veterans Affairs facilities expands: report (26 sites now!)

    05/21/2014 8:38:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 20, 2014
    The number of U.S. Veterans Affairs facilities being investigated for problems involving delays in treating patients has more than doubled to 26, CNN reported on Tuesday. The network cited the VA's Office of Inspector General, adding that the inspector general told a Senate committee last week there were 10 facilities under investigation. VA officials could not be reached for immediate comment. The allegations that delays in treatment at veterans' hospitals could have led to otherwise preventable deaths has sparked a growing political scandal, including calls for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. The secretary was grilled at a Senate...
  • 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.
  • Sam Stein Wonders Whether Liberalism Works at VA

    05/21/2014 6:17:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Red Alert at the White House? When the VA scandal leads even such as Sam Stein to question liberalism . . . The VA scandal is getting so grievous for the Obama admin and for the liberal project at large that it has led even liberals to question their most cherished ideological beliefs. On today's Morning Joe, Sam Stein of the Huffington Post wondered "is liberalism, is progressivism, in this instance the right thing" given that the additional money the Obama admin spent on the VA has not yielded results? View the video here.
  • Veterans Administration Kills Softly While Other Agencies Arm To The Teeth

    05/21/2014 5:52:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2014 | Bob Barr
    In 2009, Sarah Palin was the first to coin the phrase “death panel” in a Facebook post about the future of government-run healthcare. “Government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost,” Palin wrote. “And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course.” Palin’s comments were, not surprisingly, widely mocked by the media and America’s liberal elite. However, recent revelations about the deadly incompetence at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities across the country illustrate just how right Palin was. (This, of course,...
  • Budget Data Reveal: VA Spending Exploded Amid Deadly Delays

    05/21/2014 4:12:01 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/20/2014 | John Merline
    As soon as the mushrooming scandal at the Veterans Affairs Department erupted, blame focused on budget shortfalls for chronic delays in treatment. Several VA hospitals have been accused of falsifying records to cover up delays in treating patients in desperate need. In Phoenix, as many as 40 veterans may have died as a result. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., argued that the main cause of the delays is money: "If the VA does not have enough doctors to see these patients, then these problems are a result of a lack of funding." [snip] It sounds good. And it would seem to...