$16 billion in new funding by GOP Congress but Veterans waiting 90 days for medical care nearly doubles in one year
On the eve of a conference to rally support for America’s neglected veterans – many who have died waiting for the promised medical care from the Obama Department of Veterans Affairs, House Speaker John Beohner exclaimed last week “What the hell!” in exasperation that a year has gone by since the scandal story broke but only single person has been fired.
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The two pro-veterans organizations sponsoring the 6/24 Conference are part of a coalition which are outraged that the Department of Veterans Affairs has yet to fire employees for their involvement in the scandal with news reports detailing thousands who have suffered from waiting for promised medical care and some dying while waiting.
“What the hell” is the exclamation from Congressman John Boehner, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to describe his feelings about this scandal. Last week he said “Just one person has been fired. One,” said Boehner in a House floor speech, continuing, “What the hell happened to the rest of them?”
Boehner demanded that the VA should take care of America’s neglected veterans as well as they take care of their own fellow government bureaucrats.
Boehner is so frustrated because at least 110 (yes one HUNDRED and ten) VA facilities have been found to have kept secret wait lists to manipulate and cover up their actual, longer wait lists.
A spokesman for Uniformed Services League observed that “if a taxpayer running a small business were to do the same thing – keep two sets of books – the IRS would turn them over for criminal prosecution, not just impose the correct tax when they found the truth.”
At first there were claims by the Obama VA that 60 employees had been “fired” (the word they used) in the scandal but their number was later revised down to 14. But even the usually reliably liberal New York Times reported that documents given to Congress show only ONE person had been fired in the scandal. One person has retired (just like the criminal Louis Lerner at IRS after her law breaking escapades targeting conservatives). Others connected to the scandal got paid leave. In other words, those that the VA claim are being disciplined continue to collect government paychecks with none being subjected to any serious disciplinary action or being fired.
Congressman Beohner likened the punishments to a “slap on the wrist” in his floor remarks, noting that a year after the scandal story broke, the number of veteran patients waiting more than 90 days has nearly doubled.
The Obama VA’s problems are so deep that even with $16 billion in new funding authorized by the new GOP House and Senate majority over the next three years, it cannot even build a new hospital to help reduce the backlog. Boehner pointed to the half finished project in Denver that is already $1 billion over budget.
“Only the (Obama) administration can change the culture from within, said Speaker Boehner. No response from the Obama White House or Obama VA to the concerns of the House Speaker.
The Conference this coming Wednesday, June 24, features remarks by two principal speakers who represent the two conference sponsors:
Dan Caldwell, who has served as a U.S. Marine in Iraq, speaks for Concerned Veterans for America, and Dr. Johnny L. Simpson, Jr., speaks for Uniformed Services League (scroll down for past articles about each of them).
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