Author Topic: Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?  (Read 187 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Online mystery-ak

  • Owner
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 246,333
Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?
« on: May 15, 2014, 10:42:33 AM »
http://www.nationaljournal.com/defense/obama-has-every-reason-to-fix-the-va-why-hasn-t-he-20140514

Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?
The candidate made taking care of veterans a pledge and a priority, but hundreds of thousands of them are stuck in a long waiting line for disability decisions.


By Jordain Carney and Stacy Kaper
May 14, 2014

Part One in a series on the Veterans Affairs Department.

 

The failure of the Veterans Affairs Department to quickly compensate veterans for their disabilities is a moral abomination: It leaves soldiers wounded by war waiting in long lines for payments they need and believe they have earned.

And VA failures are under new scrutiny amid reports of a string of preventable deaths among veterans and a growing political controversy around them—and many in Congress are pointing a finger in the White House's direction.


So why has President Obama failed to fix the backlog of veterans' disability claims after five years in office? More than 300,000 claims to the VA have been pending for 125 days or more, a time stamp that puts them in the agency's official definition of "backlogged."

And why did a long line of Obama's predecessors—Republican and Democratic alike—end their own tenures without fixing the problem?

In short, because fixing the VA backlog isn't just a question of putting the proper resources into an overwhelmed agency. Solving it would require not only untangling a Gordian knot of dysfunctional bureaucracy surrounding the VA claims system and decades of neglect, it would also mean overcoming a perfect storm of factors in the past few years that has made the problem much, much worse.

Surge in Claims

The VA received 1 million new claims during Obama's first year in office—the most it had ever received at one time—and the count climbed from there. Annual claims peaked in 2011 at 1.3 million, falling to 1.04 million claims received in 2013.

What's driving the surging number of claims? In short, a pair of wars that have created more veterans and new Obama administration rules that have made veterans from all wars eligible for more disability compensation.



continued.....

Support the USO

Offline Chieftain

  • AMF, YOYO
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 9,633
  • Your what hurts??
Re: Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2014, 10:59:05 AM »
The problem is the fix the VA came up with to please the Boss....that is these secret waiting lists for Vets to get on the appointment list, simply to enable the VA to produce statistics that make the Administration look good without actually spending more money or providing any improvement in actual veteran's healthcare.

The lists were the Obama fix, and now the fix has been exposed...again.

Online DCPatriot

  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 29,890
Re: Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2014, 11:04:20 AM »
I think it's much more sinister than that.

Every time a veteran dies.....one Obama voter becomes more powerful.

Every time a veteran dies, the government 'saves' money for a Progressive entitlement.


Call it exactly what it is.....a form of state-sponsored genocide of a group of Americans.
"We must take sides...Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented" ...Elie Wiesel, 1960

"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

"If you want to change the world, go home and love your family".    ...Mother Teresa

Online mountaineer

  • Member
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 33,101
Re: Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014, 01:30:22 PM »
Call it exactly what it is.....a form of state-sponsored genocide of a group of Americans.
I had that same thought today when I heard the news and the latest load of B.S. from Shinseki.
The skeptic is never for real. There he stands, cocktail in hand, left arm draped languorously on one end of the mantelpiece, telling you that he can't be sure of anything, not even of his own existence. I'll give you my secret method of demolishing universal skepticism in four words. Whisper to him: "Your fly is open." If he thinks knowledge is so all-fired impossible, why does he always look? — James Sire (from, The Universe Next Door)

Offline rangerrebew

  • America defending Veteran
  • TBR Contributor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 53,270
  • “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them
Re: Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2014, 02:11:02 PM »
It should be more than slightly obvious Obama DETESTS THE MILITARY and anything he can do, or not do as the case may be, to abase and demean members of the military is the path he will choose.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Abraham Lincoln

Online mountaineer

  • Member
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 33,101
Re: Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2014, 02:17:24 PM »
It should be more than slightly obvious Obama DETESTS THE MILITARY and anything he can do, or not do as the case may be, to abase and demean members of the military is the path he will choose.
That makes Moochelle's supposed love for veterans and their families even more laughable.
The skeptic is never for real. There he stands, cocktail in hand, left arm draped languorously on one end of the mantelpiece, telling you that he can't be sure of anything, not even of his own existence. I'll give you my secret method of demolishing universal skepticism in four words. Whisper to him: "Your fly is open." If he thinks knowledge is so all-fired impossible, why does he always look? — James Sire (from, The Universe Next Door)

Offline Chieftain

  • AMF, YOYO
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 9,633
  • Your what hurts??
Re: Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2014, 03:00:38 PM »
It should be more than slightly obvious Obama DETESTS THE MILITARY and anything he can do, or not do as the case may be, to abase and demean members of the military is the path he will choose.

Its not just Obama either.  Remember AlGore's promised "Peace Dividend"??  He was going to produce it by dismantling DOD lock, stock and barrel.  Dhimmies have been dreaming about downsizing the military permanently for decades and it took Team Obama/Kerry/Hagel to finally pull it off.

It will take a decade to repair the damage after Obama is gone.



Share me

Digg  Facebook  SlashDot  Delicious  Technorati  Twitter  Google  Yahoo
Smf