VA administrators and employees were paid millions of our dollars for outstanding performance when most of them knew the reported numbers were false. Many veterans died while waiting for medical treatment, even while the employees were out spending their bonus money. This was not limited to just the Phoenix VA but was happening all over the country. Some of the higher level VA administrators should probably go to jail for causing these needless deaths because they were fully aware the performance reports were being manipulated within the system. This should not be dropped and forgotten.
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Your correct, it should be a wake up call but it will not happen. Obamacare was merely a step in the direction of the single payer system. When Obamacare fails, and it will, they will rush in with a solution to the problem. Single payer.
That is the playbook...create a problem...and than demand a bureaucracy to fix that which you created. Works every time. All you need is an apathetic, disinterested and misinformed masses. VA issues are sadly just a bump in the road.
Obamacare was just the beginning as you stated. Soon those who could care less about the VA problems will be receiving the exact same type of care themselves.
We already are. The rate of Dr's dropping out of Medicare tripled last year. Let the waiting begin...
Hello Patti - Nobody in this administration has been held accountable for anything, why start now? If threatened with punishment all they do is retire with full benefits and a fat paycheck every month for the rest of their lives.
Jim, I guess most of realize this is just more money stolen from the taxpayers to further fatten their own wallets. I know they will never pay it back but would hope this ends their bonus program for poor job performance.
Tsad - Perhaps the single largest contributor to poor performance is the fact they can't be fired no matter what?
The house passed a bill to give Shinseki the ability to fire them and Reid wouldn't even let the senate vote on it. the problem sith everything in Washington is the democrat party and all it's Chicago style thug leadership.
Thanks for the comment. To make this happen we would have to get the "band of thieves" to take action against some of the other "thieves" and we all know that will never happen. We might ask them to repay some of the money they have stolen.
Jim, there is no way I could not agree with you. It makes me wonder how many years this has been going on, and how many billions have been paid out for bonus checks.
Well Mike I retired in July of 1992 and knew better than to go near one of these medical facilities.
Thanks Bill, I may just write a hub on this one.
How about replacing them with vets! Oh no, that would mean replacing them with republicans, for the most part.
Good answer. Why not replace them with vets who just might give a damn about other vets? It is impossible to know what these brave souls have been through unless you have been there yourself.
Agreed! Even better idea!