Employees in the purchasing department of a VA hospital in the Bronx had used government purchase cards like credit cards at least 2,000 times to buy prosthetic legs and arms for veterans.
Each time they swiped the cards, it was for $24,999. That was precisely one dollar below VA’s charging limit for purchase cards.
When word reached Congress about the $54,435,743 worth of prosthetics bought under such odd circumstances over two years — the subject of an inspector general investigation announced Monday — lawmakers demanded details. But they were told there was no documentation.
That’s about 2,200 prosthetics, each at the same unlikely price.
Nuke the VA and just give vets a voucher for the health insurance of their choice, available nationally in a free market.
Even if the second part isn’t politically viable, we should still nuke the VA — that’s just plain sense.