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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

VA Death Sentences: Policy, Not Incompetence


President Barack Obama just fired/accepted the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki in the hopes of quelling the budding political problem he faces over the VA health scandal, but the truth is that the real scandal is that denial of health services is actually government policy, not administrative incompetence.

Need proof?

Last week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney spoke very carefully when he indicated that Obama knew about the denial of veterans’ health services scandal that is engulfing his Administration.

Clarifying the question before he answered, Carney said: “If you mean the specific allegations that I think were reported first by your network out of Phoenix, I believe we learned about them through the reports. … [T]hat’s when, as I understand, Secretary Shinseki learned about them.”

That initial narrowing of the scope of the question to just the Phoenix VA center is both disingenuous, and instructive.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So, the word in the media is that bonuses were given to V.A. employees for short appointment wait times. Why does the government give bonuses in the first place? Very few employees in the real world get bonuses (except for corporate big wigs). They should just be glad they have a job and that they get good benefits.