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Obama 2008: VA will be 'leader of health care reform'
N.Y. Times columnist cited 'huge success story' of 'socialized medicine'
Published: 05/22/2014 at 7:55 PM
Garth Kant About |


WASHINGTON — It’s one of those promises the president would probably like to forget.

In vowing to make the Veterans Administration the model of national health-care reform back in 2008, the outlook for scandal-plagued Obamacare suddenly seems even worse.

WND has discovered that during his transition into the White House in 2008-09, President Obama proposed in his “Obama-Biden” plan to “make the VA a leader of national health care reform so that veterans get the best care possible.”

However, instead of fixing the VA, the administration has had to defend its role in the death of veterans by neglect.

Meanwhile, WND is reporting that eight years earlier, in a failed run for Congress, Obama unveiled a sweeping health-care plan that modeled aspects of the Veterans Administration’s medical system.

The VA problems became a national sensation April 14 when CNN reported that at least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix VA, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.

The discovery of the Obama-Biden VA plan fits a pattern that has come to light this week in which Obama repeatedly warned, or was warned, of serious problems at the VA but apparently did little in response.

In the document labeled the Obama-Biden Plan from the Office of the President Elect, Obama makes a series of promises to veterans, including:

Fix the Benefits Bureaucracy: Hire additional claims workers, and improve training and accountability so that VA benefit decisions are rated fairly and consistently. Transform the paper benefit claims process to an electronic one to reduce errors and improve timeliness.

Strengthen VA Care: Make the VA a leader of national health care reform so that veterans get the best care possible. Improve care for polytrauma vision impairment, prosthetics, spinal cord injury, aging, and women’s health.

Fully Fund VA Medical Care: Fully fund the VA so it has all the resources it needs to serve the veterans who need it, when they need it. Establish a world-class VA Planning Division to avoid future budget shortfalls.

The Obama-Biden plan seems to have fallen so far short of its promise to “Fix the Benefits Bureaucracy” that the VA itself has admitted 23 vets have died waiting for care, and investigations of possible death-by-neglect have spread to 26 VA facilities around the country.

As WND has reported, Obama was warned about severe problems at the VA repeatedly over the years, even before he became president.

WND discovered that Obama was briefed on problems at the VA as far back as 2005, when he was a senator and a member of the Veterans Affairs committee.

In a 2007 speech, Sen. Obama said, “Keeping faith with those who serve must always be a core American value and a cornerstone of American patriotism. Because America’s commitment to its servicemen and women begins at enlistment, and it must never end.”

The Washington Times reported Monday that the Obama administration received notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care.

VA officials reportedly warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the wait times the facilities were reporting were not trustworthy.

More recently, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., wrote a letter to Obama on May 21, 2013, that warned: “an alarming pattern of serious and significant patient care issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs) across the country … (including) failures, deceptions, and lack of accountability permeating VA’s healthcare system … I believe your direct involvement and leadership is required.”

And, WND reported last week that Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., reminded VA Secretary Eric Shinseki that Congress had been informed two years ago that gaming the system at the VA was so widespread, employees would look to get around regulations as soon as the rules were implemented.

Democrats have been quick to say the problems were caused by an increase in veterans in the system due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the solution is to increase spending on the VA.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said, “If the VA does not have enough doctors to see these patients, then these problems are a result of a lack of funding.”

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” NBC News chief Pentagon reporter Jim Miklaszewski claimed, “You have a VA that is overwhelmed and under-resourced,” adding, “There’s just not enough money right now in the federal government to fix it.”

However, John Merline at Investor’s Business Daily crunched the numbers and found that just wasn’t true.

On the contrary, he found the VA’s budget has been exploding, even as the number of veterans steadily declines.

VA spending nearly tripled from 2000 to 2013, while the population of veterans declined by 4.3 million.

Even more telling, wounded warriors coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan are not increasing treatment costs.

Those vets are actually far cheaper to treat than aging vets.

A Congressional Budget Office report found that they cost $4,800, on average, in 2010 compared with $8,800 for other veterans who used the system.

It also found, while these Iraq and Afghan vets account for 7 percent of those treated, they were responsible for only 4 percent of its health costs.

Iraq and Afghan vets, the report found, “are typically younger and healthier than the average VHA patient and as a result are less expensive to treat.”

Still, the VA scandal keeps exploding, with no signs of slowing down. VA Secretary Shinseki had testified before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee last week that he was not aware of problems similar to those in Phoenix at other VA facilities, except in isolated cases. But emboldened whistleblowers have now identified 26 VA facilities around the country experiencing similar problems.

Just Thursday, an attorney claimed her client died of neglect by the Seattle Veterans Affairs hospital.

The attorney said Donald Douglass had a small spot on his forehead confirmed as cancerous when he went to the Seattle VA hospital in 2011, but it was four months before the hospital scheduled an appointment for him to have it removed — and by then, it had spread, wrapping around a facial nerve and eventually getting into his blood.

According to attorney Jessica Holman, “Had he had his surgery timely, he’d be alive today.”

In Miami, a criminal investigator for the VA police department in South Florida went to a local television station because, he said, the VA told him to stop investigating drug deals on hospital grounds.

“People are dying,” Detective Thomas Fiore said, “and there are so many things that are going on there that people need to know about.”

Fiore claimed illegal drug deals area occur daily at the hospital, involving, “Anything from your standard prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, and of course marijuana, cocaine, heroin, I’ve come across them all.”

He says he was even stopped from investigating reports of missing drugs from the VA pharmacy by the official in charge.

“I was instructed that I was to stop conducting investigations pertaining to controlled substance discrepancies,” by the hospital’s chief of staff, Dr. Vincent DeGennaro, said Fiore.

The growing scandal could affect upcoming elections, because if the VA problems offer a preview of government-run health insurance, then Republicans may be rapidly acquiring explosive new ammunition in their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Former AP Washington Bureau Chief Ron Fournier, now with National Journal, said Obama’s poor handling of the mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs could plague his presidency as an all-time low point.

“The president has known the VA has been a mess for a long time, and hasn’t done anything to get it fixed,” he said. “It’s gotten worse recently — at least for the last two years, we’ve known we’ve had these problems and nothing’s been done,” said Fournier.

However, leading liberals have long touted the VA as an efficient model of government-run health care.

New York times columnist Paul Krugman called the VA a “huge success story” in 2011, saying “[I]t’s free from the perverse incentives created when doctors and hospitals profit from expensive tests and procedures, whether or not those procedures actually make medical sense.”

Krugman added, “Yes, this is ‘socialized medicine’ … But it works, and suggests what it will take to solve the troubles of US health care more broadly.”

In 2009, his fellow New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, wrote, “Take the hospital system run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the largest integrated health system in the United States. It is fully government run, much more ‘socialized medicine’ than is Canadian health care with its private doctors and hospitals. And the system for veterans is by all accounts one of the best-performing and most-cost-effective elements in the American medical establishment.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/05/obama-2008-va-will-become-a-leader-of-health-care-reform/#UzClEWDRA51IWYIP.99

gypsy


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Obama is not declaring war on veterans thought  would clear that little head line of yours up.he has been helping them from day one. Socialized medicine is a good thing..yes your article stated congress was told of theses discrepancies did they do anything? of course not, they never have done anything.yes the decline to veterans by congress.

SSC


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I agree Congress was lack but you have to admit Obama has the power with a stroke of his pen to right the wrong, as he has done on other issues he felt were important to use his executive orders. A socialized medical plan for Vets...ohhh hell no

gypsy


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SSC wrote:I agree Congress was lack but you have to admit Obama has the power with a stroke of his pen to right the wrong, as he has done on other issues he felt were important to use his executive orders. A socialized medical plan for Vets...ohhh hell no
yes and he will i believe but it will really piss your Republicans off.

SSC


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Why would you say that, Republicans are very concerned about the VA scandal and want long awaited justice for our veterans, what is Obama waiting on , more committees, more reports , more delays ???

gypsy


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Congress is not concerned or they would have raised benefits instead of voting no, they would have raised pay,instead of saying no, congress doesn't care about the veterans or they would have done something when they first received notice there were discrepancies ,years ago when  Bush was president and before then.even. then congress Republicans do something,. hope Republican people are caring and concerned ,I believe they are, so maybe sessions and all those who voted against veterans upgrade in pay,health care, and benefits, maybe their constituents will not vote  them back in 2014!/16

SSC


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No matter how far back this went, Obama straight up swore he would fix it years ago and did nothing.

gypsy


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your wrong again, he has helped veterans DAY ONE! in fact I have put articles here stating this.

SSC


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What did he do about the mess in the VA he was told about as far back as 2005, including wait times and cooking the books, nothing !! If he had this would not still be a huge issue

gypsy


Moderator
sent bills to congress and they are still sitting there.. filibustering everything he sent, like the Republicans said they would not approve anything Obama sent, and they haven't.

SSC


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What was wrong with his golden pen ?? This could have been solved years ago, now it is a scandal and he is in the middle of it .

gypsy


Moderator
then you bitched about that in one article. that he used his pen as authority, he has used it les than any president. which I replied.. need to remember what you write.

SSC


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He uses it only on what is important to him obviously the Veterans weren't

gypsy


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oh he will and probably has, but lets put the blame where it belongs,Congress and Republicans, they will not succeed making Obama the scapegoat, never will happen.

SSC


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lmao..he does that all by himself

gypsy


Moderator
no people like you do,and the failed congress. The people who vote these idiots in.

SSC


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still grabbing at straws...

gypsy


Moderator
your the one grappling and grasping for straws.I have put article that disprove your comments and articles that show them as false. we have exhausted our debate, because I will never believe like you~ Thank God.. so maybe we should end it, before you get angry   

SSC


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Whatever Gyp, you have traveled many circles and still end up the same place proving nothing. Kinda like a cat chasing its tail accomplishing nada. I agree Thank God you are not like me, I always can count on you for a good laugh and a desperate attempt to make the party of wrong seem right.

gypsy


Moderator
:rotflslap: the word whatever, is a sign of defeat,Thanks SSC

SSC


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Wrong the word whatever means I have had enough of your back peddling no response babble. You have ducked to many direct questions and tried to flip it around and it was an epic fail on your part. But go ahead and laugh, I have been all night at you.

gypsy


Moderator
no your the one backpedaling you don't ever answer questions, nothing nada,! Whatever means give up, should I put the meaning/yep I do, whatever man says in case woman, is not true. your posts are untrue.. yes and all night I have been right back at you! you have been the one who ducked questions, it is really funny, because history proves my point, Republicans are less voted in, an very unpopular. no flips from me, but from you, yes. yes I will laugh all the way to election, then we will see. Night friendly foe :)

SSC


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Good luck with your beliefs

gypsy


Moderator
good luck with yours, so far your beliefs and trust in republican politicians haven't been working, but Good Luck in the future maybe they will start working.

SSC


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Rep. Tim Huelskamp on VA Scandal: ‘Cover-ups, Corruption and Criminality’

June 10, 2014 By Matthew Burke
http://www.tpnn.com/2014/06/10/rep-tim-huelskamp-on-va-scandal-cover-ups-corruption-and-criminality/

Congressman Tim Huelskamp spoke out strongly on the Obama administration’s VA scandal, calling the inhumane delays and keeping of secret waiting lists in order to garner bonuses criminal.

Rep. Huelskamp (R-KS), speaking on the House floor on Tuesday morning, gave fervent support for the recently introduced Veteran Access to Care Act of 2014.

“This is a long overdue, proactive, multi-pronged solution I’ve been advocating for since coming to Congress,” said Rep. Huelskamp, who is a member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

“In the committee the last three years, we have been investigating lavish conference spending at the VA, millions of dollars of outrageous bonuses, billions of dollars of cost overruns, and these were all significant scandals in and of themselves,” said the Congressman from Kansas, while stating that the current crisis is much more serious because it involves “life and death.”

Congressman Huelskamp gave real-life examples from his district in which veterans were asked to drive as long as ten hours for healthcare they could have received near their homes. Huelskamp, while blasting the current scandal as criminal, says the Veteran Access to Care Act of 2014 would rectify this problem.

Huelskamp called the VA scandal a problem that is both “systemic” and “nationwide,” while asserting that it involves “cover-ups, corruption and criminality.”

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