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June 24, 2014 - 1:16 pm
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The casualty number from the VA scandal just grew from a few dozen to 1,000. That’s according to a report compiled by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).

The problems at Veterans Affairs extend well beyond long wait lists, with a report Tuesday showing the department is plagued with poor care that has cost up to 1,000 veterans their lives and left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $1 billion in malpractice settlements since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some of the problems detailed in the report by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma are downright ghoulish. They include the case of a former security chief at a New York Veterans Affairs medical center whom the FBI arrested on charges of plotting to kidnap, rape and murder women and children.

“The problems at the VA are worse than anyone imagined,” Mr. Coburn said. “Over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of VA’s misconduct and the VA has paid out nearly $1 billion to veterans and their families for its medical malpractice.”

Along with how many millions in bonuses to executives who showed some skill in covering the whole thing up?

This is just…

Among his other findings:

• Female patients received unnecessary pelvic and breast exams from a sex offender.

But Obama’s out there today launching a new offensive in his totally phony #WaronWomen… And touting France as the be-all end-all of how our own economy out to be arranged.

Seriously.

It’s time to ask: Is our president functionally a moron?

More on the VA at the link above, and more on the next page.

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So, regardless of party, we're clear that having the government handle your healthcare is a pretty bad idea, right?
25 weeks ago
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"It’s time to ask: Is our president functionally a moron?"

No, it's not time to ask that. Too many people are making the VERY stupid mistake of attributing his actions to incompetence.

Incompetent people don't have the batting average that this guy has. What among his goals has he NOT gotten?

He's a traitor. His goal is the Marxification of America.

Never attribute to stupidity that which can only be explained by treason.

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Shut it down. Shut the VA down now. Eliminate it.

Give veterans a $$ stipend and let them go buy their healthcare on an open marketplace, as far away from the government as possible.
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As a medical student doing a clinical rotation at the VA in 1974, I went down to the pathology department to ask the pathologist if he had looked at the lung mass biopsy slides of a 40-ish veteran who, with his family, was anxiously awaiting the results. The pathologist was packing up his things at 4:15pm and said it could wait until the next day. I said, "Well, his family really wants to know if he has cancer or not." The pathologist replied, "Well, if it's cancer today it will be cancer tomorrow", and he left.

The VA has, all too often, offered lowest-common-denominator medical care for decades. It's about time that it comes under the microscope, and it's a travesty that Paul Krugman, et al., should tout this as a model which we should all embrace.
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So, essentially, to get bonuses, unfireable, unionized federal bureaucrats murdered veterans by neglect and then threw enough money at their relatives in malpractice settlements that it would satisfy them that the death of their loved one must have been a tragic and rare mistake.

Heads should roll, there should be prosecutions...oh wait...the president is a Democrat and there is no profit motive at the VA so everything is fine...move along...
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Out of curiosity, did the VA ever have a good period?
25 weeks ago
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Short answer, no.

Long answer, no, and it never will.

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So, out of curiosity, how does the VA compare to some of our recent combat enemies in regards to killing Americans?
25 weeks ago
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It's less efficient. Many of our combat enemies are VOLUNTEERS rather than government drones, ya'no.
25 weeks ago
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I wonder how many Federal Government services we could put on a voucher system to reduce overhead and empire building.
25 weeks ago
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"It’s time to ask: Is our president functionally a moron?" This made me laugh until I realized it really is an insult to morons, who obviously have a greater capacity to think critically/realistically and way more integrity.
25 weeks ago
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The problem is obviously that the executives and employees don't get paid enough in bonuses. To retain the best and brightest, as the government strives to do, one must pay the piper. Now excuse me while I puke.
25 weeks ago
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Functionally a viper

whose handlers have high enough IQ.
25 weeks ago
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Except for very specialized mental health and war-related wound care, almost every aspect of VA medical care can be found at any hospital regulated by other departments of government, which is to say at all hospitals. As much VA medical care as possible should be available to veterans via vouchers. This should be a simple decision.

I hate to think how cost per patient day at VA compares to the hospital across the street. But, in a nod to those who love their VA doctor, let them keep their VA doctor. period! But for the rest, let them free to get the care they are entitled to with the health care provider that pleases them the most.



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A voucher approach is obviously the right way to go. And I'm not even sure about specialized care. Except for forward area trauma care and immediate treatment/recovery periods it seems to me that specialized care too could be done in the private sector.

Look at the dialysis centers and specialized surgery centers. If the money were there via vouchers I think the prosthetic and restorative work could be done at our larger tertiary hospitals -- Johns Hopkins, for example. If there's a steady source of money and work to do, such places will form a specialty center around it, and because they're subject to competition, there's effective quality control.

Such places compete not just for patients, but also for research grants and talent. When a center or department weakens, it goes downhill fast because the word gets around in that medical specialty community and the best people don't go there to work so the research winds down and the money stops. But each department and center carries a share of overhead, so top management CARES -- a concept totally alien at the VA and indeed, throughout government.

Prosthetics and restorative surgery is a hot field. Our veterans AND our taxpayers ought to be getting the advantage of that. I'll bet we'd save a PILE of money, too.

We need the IRS, but the medical care functions of the VA should be completely eliminated and the remaining veteran-related maters transferred back to DoD where they belong. There's no reason Shinseki's successor shouldn't be the LAST Secretary of Veterans' Affairs.

25 weeks ago
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Here's my idea - give all veterans health care vouchers good for any kind of health insurance, and let the VA offer services alongside private care. If they can't compete with the private companies, too bad, they aren't getting subsidies any more.
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Actually, I don't see any reason for all veterans to get free medical care. I served 4 years in peacetime, plus some active reserve. Never got shot at.

Why should I get free health care the rest of my life? I don't see any justification for it.

For all who are injured in the service of their country, yes, of COURSE we should be footing the bill for the best care we can give them. For our retirees, too.

But not for every Tom, Richard, and Harry that puts on a uniform.

25 weeks ago
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"It’s time to ask: Is our president functionally a moron?"

No, it's not time to ask that. Too many people are making the VERY stupid mistake of attributing his actions to incompetence.

Incompetent people don't have the batting average that this guy has. What among his goals has he NOT gotten?

He's a traitor. His goal is the Marxification of America.

Never attribute to stupidity that which can only be explained by treason.

25 weeks ago
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There is definitely a movement to destroy America afoot. I'm sure they don't ever tell Ostupid about it, because he might blab.
Thus, the endless golfing and out-of-town campaigning and vacationing.
The correct answer is, "Yes. He is a moron." A rube selected for blindly listening and doing the bidding of the cabal. When he does good, they give him a cookie, paid for by you and me. I don't usually ascribe nefarious schemes to what might be coincidence, but we went sailing by coincidence before the idiot was even elected. The man has no provable record of any kind. No living, real witnesses, no political record. That, my friends, doesn't happen by accident.
Find the cabal. That's the trick.
25 weeks ago
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There's nothing to find. It's all published, right out in the open.

Read Marx, read the Humanist Manifestos, read Alinsky, read the various openly communist publications.

No, he's not stupid, and he's not just an empty front.


Those who still think he is stupid, are stupid.

25 weeks ago
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Thank you for this! I'm sick and tired of the bumbling, incompetent bit. That's the vogue thing to say these days. It ticks me off. Why is it so hard to say: Dude's brilliant. But, Dude's on a different team. ??? One thing is for sure, Obama continually manifests his hatred for you and me with brilliance. Part of the brilliance is the lulling millions to sleep with the he's just stupid meme. Evil loves a disguise of incompetent.
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It is interesting when you contrast the care our veterans get with the attention that Bergdahl got from this administration. It's almost as if Obama wanted to say "If you're a deserter, I'm with you, I've got your back". And the evil bitter clinger soldier who serves his country honorably can rot in hell, as far as Obama's concerned. It's like an intentional effort to hollow out the military.
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"It's like an intentional effort to hollow out the military."

No, sir, it is not.

Not "like".

It is an intentional effort to hollow out the military.

It is planned carefully and with malice aforethought.

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The problems with the VA LONG predate Obama. His hatred of our military probably is part of the reason he hasn't acted effectively to correct the problems, but he didn't plan or create this.

(Only PART of the reason because he has never acted swiftly or effectively on anything else good ... uncertain and halting, day late and dollar short is who our president IS -- not a policy.)

Now the nasty rules of engagement, the sissifying of our services, and all that -- THAT'S an effort to hollow out our military, planed, and with malice.
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