The Operative: “It’s worse than you know.”
Capt. Mal Reynolds: “It usually is.”
Joss Whedon’s timeless dialog could very well have been about our very own Veterans Administration, according to new findings:
The IG report says “serious” problems with enrollment data are making it impossible to determine exactly how many veterans are actively seeking health care from the VA, and how many were. For example, “data limitations” prevent investigators from determining how many now-deceased veterans applied for health care benefits or when.
But the findings would appear to confirm reports that first surfaced last year that many veterans died while awaiting care, as their applications got stuck in a system that the VA has struggled to overhaul. Some applications, the IG report says, go back nearly two decades.
The report addresses serious issues with the record-keeping itself.
More than half the applications listed as pending as of last year do not have application dates, and investigators “could not reliably determine how many records were associated with actual applications for enrollment” in VA health care, the report said.
The report also says VA workers incorrectly marked thousands of unprocessed health-care applications as completed and may have deleted 10,000 or more electronic “transactions” over the past five years.
Jail is too good for these sons of bitches.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Disband the VA entirely, prosecute hundreds or thousands of these SOBs under RICO, and provide each vet a simple voucher for care anywhere for service-related healthcare needs.
And did I mention prosecuting the hell out of these VA SOBs?