Tag: the VA

I bet that this is what accountability under Obamacare looks like too..

If there is one thing our government has gotten absolutely awesome at during Obama’s tenure, it is one agency offering criminals in another cover. In an example that should leave every idiot that has made the case that health insurance companies are evil an unaccountable with that look idiots have when they are caught humping their dogs, we find out that nobody at the VA paid for either abuses or mismanagement. It is the age of big government after all:

Two Department of Veterans Affairs administrators in Phoenix who were suspended at the outset of a crisis over delayed patient care will return to work Monday, 19 months after they were put on paid leave and given termination notices.

Lance Robinson, associate director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, will be assigned as a strategic planner at the VA’s southwest regional office in Gilbert, known as VISN 18, according to spokeswoman Jean Schaefer. Brad Curry, the system’s chief of Health Administration Services, will serve as a health systems specialist.

The two men have been focal points in a controversy over the VA’s perceived failure to hold leaders accountable for mismanagement and misconduct that caused a breakdown in care for veterans in Arizona and nationwide.

In recent weeks, members of Congress assailed the VA and interrogated Undersecretary David Shulkin at an Arizona field hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, demanding to know why no action has been taken.

Under questioning from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Shulkin testified that the VA has been unable to complete internal investigations of the two men because the U.S. Attorney’s Office prevented interviews with key witnesses amid a criminal investigation.

But in a letter this week to the committee chairman, Robinson’s attorney, Julia Perkins, said Shulkin’s testimony was inaccurate. Perkins said federal prosecutors turned down a criminal referral months ago, and her client has been through more than 12 hours of internal VA interviews. She said VA bosses realize they cannot make a legal case to fire Robinson.

Shulkin and other officials at VA headquarters have refused to comment on those assertions.

McCain said Friday he was not aware Robinson and Curry were returning to work until informed by The Arizona Republic.

I guess they are all above the law, because the law, of course, is for the little people! We need Hillary in charge. That will certainly change this sordid shit, right? Have no doubt that this is exactly the future of government controlled healthcare. The people in charge will only face justice when they piss off the democrat cabal (like the godfather in Chicago), and the service will suck ass. But SJW can all virtue signal because now we have healthcare for all. That the quality of that healthcare will be far lower than anything we have today and cost far more, will not factor in.

This is how the left thinks healthcare and the country should be run

Unless you have experience with the VA shit, you are left to a reluctant media for information of how bad things have gotten there. Queue the WaPo piece that tries to defend a statement by the moron now running the VA saying how “You can’t fire your way to excellence“. From the article:

A Veterans Affairs official on Wednesday defended the department’s decision to demote but not fire two senior executives who collected $400,000 in a relocation scheme, and pushed back sharply against lawmakers for pressing for punishment rather than accountability for the VA workforce.

“In my many years in the private sector, I’ve never encountered an organization where leadership was measured by how many people you fired,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson told the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“You can’t fire your way to excellence.”

What a crock of fucking shit. Unfortunately, these failures and this sort of horribly stupid thinking are a clear and natural consequence of the left’s dominance of the bureaucratic machine. For those that are ignorant of the facts, the VA is managed the same way the left thinks healthcare in general, and for that matter, the country as a whole, should be managed: without any accountability except for those that betray the system. Amongst the long list of criminal behavior – Google VA scandals and avoid the usual lefty LSM stooges trying to provide the crooks in charge cover – and you will find that the people at the VA are putting vets on long waiting lists hoping that a good percentage of them die before they can get any treatment, amongst a long list of unbelievably horrible things. Worse yet is the fact that anyone that dares question or point out these scandals – both externally, but especially the internal whistleblowers – are getting derided and outright punished for daring to point out how bad things are. The collectivist machine’s worst enemy is those that point out how broken it is, and they save the worst of their ire for those that do this.

The fact of the matter is that you can too “fire your way to excellence”, especially when you are firing people engaged in criminal activity and fleecing the US tax payer and the vets under their care. I worked at GE a long time ago, and I remember Jack Welsh doing just that back then. He instituted a program that quickly and efficiently pointed out the dead weight and the people abusing the system while adding no value, and while he was there doing this, GE as a company thrived. I also saw people that were engaging in illegal activity – and I surmise the people that this idiot Gibson feels shouldn’t be fired were doing just that – not only were fired, but had charges filed against them. Can you imagine people working at private healthcare entities doing the shit that VA employees are doing, being protected by their employer from consequences by only getting what amounts to a slap on the wrist, and the crooks in government not making political hay about it and demanding scalps? This doesn’t happen in unionized government entities more so and not just because these places are dens of ineptitude and mediocrity, but because the people involved practically always can expose skeletons that would cause the net to widen and often snare those higher up for similar illegal activity and callous behavior.

I suspect that these criminals were not fired because leadership was likely worried about what they could divulge on the way out. Hence the need to posture about how criminal behavior that would have resulted in the heavy hand of government coming down on anyone involved in the private sector isn’t really criminal behavior that requires firing. That’s the fundamental change Obama promised and delivered for us.

Putting A Face On It

Well, the politicians in Washington got what they wanted, Shinseki resigned, they can all pat themselves on the back with a collective ,”See, the system works, this administration does in fact hold people accountable, and heads did roll, now, can we get back to talking about the Redskins?”, thereby washing their hands of the whole affair. Who says life is complicated on The Hill?

So, Shinseki resigned? BFD as far as I’m concerned, since this does nothing in solving the problem. Was he a colossal failure at his job? Not any more than his boss, both knew for the last 5 years that the VA was a dysfunctional, corrupt, big government nightmare that served only the bureaucrats running it (more bonuses all around, thank you), yet, is was always convenient to ignore it since reforming it would ruffle too many feathers.

Here is something else I don’t get, we kept hearing that Shinseki was a “war hero”, how is stepping on a land mine and getting half your foot blown off heroic? I looked at his wiki page, I found nothing there that speaks to heroism, mostly staff and post work followed. Sure, butting heads with Rumsfeld over troop numbers in Iraq earned him a feather in his cap with this administration.

But what to do now? Is the whole VA culture, the way it runs it’s affairs, handles claims and deals with our veteran’s needs, is it at all salvageable? Not with this current crop;

Along those lines, he called on the Senate to pass a bill giving the VA more authority to quickly discipline and fire officials.

The House passed a version of this bill, but Senate Democrats delayed consideration of it before leaving for a week-long break last week.

Maybe putting a face on the problem might spur some action;

His parents provide some specifics on his maladies;

He suffered from fibromyalgia and PTSD and killed himself last year after he received treatment from the Phoenix VA hospital. He wrote that his body had become “nothing but a cage, a source of pain and constant problems.”

Somers’ parents read an excerpt of his suicide note on CNN Friday afternoon: “Is it any wonder then that the latest figures show 22 veterans killing themselves each day? That is more veterans than children killed at Sandy Hook every single day. Where are the huge policy initiatives? Why isn’t the president standing with those families at the State of the Union? Perhaps because we were not killed by a single lunatic but rather by our system of dehumanization, neglect, and indifference.”

An exercise in futility is listing all the Obama scandals in terms of relative importance, since he has two more years in office, the list will almost certainly need revising, but this must rank near the top. Not danced on the international stage (we know how much he fears leading and locks up with paralysis of analysis), not some spontaneous demonstration, a result from a video, and not some wrongdoing he can blame on a rogue auditor out of Cincinnati, this problem was ongoing from his first days in office. If the IG report is to be believed, incidents of fraud took place, certainly some folks need to go to prison over this. I’m sure Holder will jump right on that.