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Shinseki Welcomes White House Review of VA
« on: May 15, 2014, 08:50:25 AM »
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Shinseki Welcomes White House Review of VA
Thursday, May 15, 2014 05:55 AM

By: MATTHEW DALY

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says he welcomes a White House review of his beleaguered department if it can help ensure veterans have access to timely, quality health care.

Shinseki was to go before a Senate committee Thursday to address allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at a Phoenix veterans hospital.

Shinseki and other witnesses were expected to testify about allegations that the Phoenix hospital maintained a secret waiting list to hide lengthy delays for sick veterans. A former clinic director says up to 40 veterans may have died while awaiting treatment at the Phoenix facility.

"If allegations about manipulation of appointment scheduling are true, they are completely unacceptable — to veterans, to me and to our dedicated VA employees," Shinseki said.

The hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee comes as President Barack Obama has assigned White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors to work on a review focused on policies for patient safety rules and the scheduling of patient appointments. The move, announced late Wednesday, signals Obama's growing concern over problems at the VA. Problems similar to those that surfaced in Phoenix have since been reported in other states.

The American Legion and some congressional Republicans have called for Shinseki to resign, a move he and the White House have resisted. The VA's inspector general is investigating the Phoenix claims, and Shinseki has ordered an audit of VA facilities nationwide to see how they provide access to care.

A White House official said Shinseki requested more help with the review, leading Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, to tap Nabors for the assignment. Shinseki said he welcomed Nabors' help in making sure veterans receive high-caliber health care in a timely fashion.

"While we get to the bottom of what happened in Phoenix, it's clear the VA needs to do more to ensure quality care for our veterans," Obama said in a statement.

The chairman of the Senate committee said there were "serious problems" at the VA but lawmakers must avoid a rush to judgment.

"I don't want to see the VA system undermined," Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., told The Associated Press. "I want to see it improved. I want these problems addressed."

"If people are cooking the books, running second books, that is wrong. That's illegal and we have to deal with it," Sanders said, adding he also was troubled by reports that some veterans have to wait up to six months to see a doctor.

The VA system is the largest health care system in the country, serving nearly 9 million veterans a year at 152 hospitals and more than 1,500 other sites nationwide. Surveys show patients are mostly satisfied with their care. But with such a huge system, "there are going to be problems," Sanders said.

The Phoenix VA Health Care System, which includes a hospital and at least a half-dozen satellite clinics, serves about 80,000 veterans. "It's huge," Sanders said. "Do we have enough doctors and nurses and nurse practitioners at that site? If not, why not?"

Similar questions can be asked about VA sites across the country, Sanders said, calling quality of care an issue "the VA struggles with every day" at its hospitals and clinics nationwide.

"We have a moral obligation to take care of these veterans," he said. "We can do better. We must do better."

The House Veterans Affairs Committee voted last week to subpoena all emails and other records in which Shinseki and other VA officials may have discussed destruction of what the committee called "an alternate or interim waitlist" for veterans seeking care in Phoenix.

A top VA official had told congressional staff last month that the "secret list" referred to in news reports may have been an "interim list" created by the hospital.

Shinseki, a retired four-star Army general, "has done the right thing" by calling for an immediate investigation by the inspector general's office, Sanders said, adding it was premature to call for Shinseki to step down.

"While it might be temporarily satisfying to call for firing someone, it doesn't get us any closer to the truth or solve problems that may exist," Sanders said.




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Re: Shinseki Welcomes White House Review of VA
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2014, 09:51:44 AM »
Of course he does. It's classic Obama playbook. First, outraged denial. Second, we'll get to the bottom of this. Third, can't speak about it, it's under investigation. Fourth, "Dude, that was like two years ago'.
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Re: Shinseki Welcomes White House Review of VA
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2014, 09:53:16 AM »
Of course he does. It's classic Obama playbook. First, outraged denial. Second, we'll get to the bottom of this. Third, can't speak about it, it's under investigation. Fourth, "Dude, that was like two years ago'.


That's it in a nutshell!

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Re: Shinseki Welcomes White House Review of VA
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014, 12:43:37 PM »
Of course he does. It's classic Obama playbook. First, outraged denial. Second, we'll get to the bottom of this. Third, can't speak about it, it's under investigation. Fourth, "Dude, that was like two years ago'.

Wow. 

Summed it up flawlessly!   :beer:
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Re: Shinseki Welcomes White House Review of VA
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2014, 12:46:31 PM »
Of course he does. It's classic Obama playbook. First, outraged denial. Second, we'll get to the bottom of this. Third, can't speak about it, it's under investigation. Fourth, "Dude, that was like two years ago'.

Yep!

Perfectly stated!
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Re: Shinseki Welcomes White House Review of VA
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2014, 03:01:24 PM »
All I can post anymore is good grief.  To stand by and watch this is devastating to me. He is destroying this county and getting away with it.  :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang: :chairbang:


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Re: Shinseki Welcomes White House Review of VA
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2014, 07:53:42 PM »
Three points:


1. He should resign.
2. Those in charge who done this should go to jail.
3. This is a perfect example of Government run healthcare..
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Re: Shinseki Welcomes White House Review of VA
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2014, 10:56:55 PM »
Three points:


1. He should resign.
2. Those in charge who done this should go to jail.
3. This is a perfect example of Government run healthcare..

This is a perfect example of government run anything!

I would not want nor accept the job of trying to run ANY government run enterprise because even though my title said I was in charge I would have little to no authority to make the changes I thought necessary to run the agency efficiently!  You simply cannot just fire civil service employees even when they CLEARLY need firing and without that authority it is impossible to run any large organization effectively!
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Re: Shinseki Welcomes White House Review of VA
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2014, 05:49:46 AM »


"While we get to the bottom of what happened in Phoenix


Obama said essentially the same thing about Benghazi, too, and the White House is going to investigate this?
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