You Can’t Wiggle Out From Under This One Barrack

 

Here’s what you get when you allow someone to be President who has either never had to meet a payroll or has never run anything bigger than a lemonade stand. It is a constant reminder to us that Governors make the best Presidents because they have executive experience.

 

One of the facts that needs to be brought out loud and clear regarding this VA Scandal is that Bush warned Obama before he took office that VA reports were being “doctored,” that wait times were being hidden and that problems were running rampant in the VA. So what did Obama do about it?

The Obama administration received clear 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 — problems that have turned into a growing scandal.

Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting.

“This is not only a data integrity issue in which [Veterans Health Administration] reports unreliable performance data; it affects quality of care by delaying — and potentially denying — deserving veterans timely care,” the officials wrote.

The briefing materials, obtained by The Washington Times through the Freedom of Information Act, make clear that the problems existed well before Mr. Obama took office, dating back at least to the Bush administration. But the materials raise questions about what actions the department took since 2009 to remedy the problems.(1)

 

Great news for the White House, no? Sure, it shows they knowingly left sick and injured vets to languish in a Kafkaesque bureaucratic nightmare. In a sane world, that would be the last straw in sending Shinseki packing. But it also lets O share blame with the Bush administration, one of his favorite methods of damage control. There are three steps in Hopenchange crisis management: (1) they profess to be “mad as hell”; (2) they accept a resignation/announce the retirement/place on “administrative leave” some relatively low-ranking officials; (3) as time wears on and media interest fades, they pronounce the whole thing a phony scandal. Their problem with the VA mess is that, no matter how long it drags out, they don’t dare pronounce this one “phony”; they can laugh at “#Benghazi” but they won’t laugh at wounded troops. So they need a Plan B for defusing the crisis, which, in this case, will be to claim that it’s another problem they’ve inherited from Bush. For, er, five and a half years.

Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting.

“This is not only a data integrity issue in which [Veterans Health Administration] reports unreliable performance data; it affects quality of care by delaying — and potentially denying — deserving veterans timely care,” the officials wrote…

In particular, the 2008 transition report referred to a VA inspector general recommendation to test the accuracy of reported waiting times…

“Audits of outpatient scheduling and patient waiting times completed since 2005 have identified noncompliance with the policies and procedures for scheduling, inaccurate reporting of patient waiting times and errors in [electronic waiting lists],” the briefing papers state…

The briefing materials do not reveal any concerns about outright fraud in manipulating waiting times, but they make repeated references in summarizing past audits and reviews about data accuracy.

The briefing report also noted that not a single one of the nine recommendations made by the VA inspector general between 2005 and 2007 to improve scheduling practices had been implemented under Bush by 2008, further evidence of what the commander of the American Legion described as a “systematic lack of accountability.” The question for congressional investigators is when, precisely, inaccurate and unreliable data at the VA bled over into out-and-out book-cooking by administrators to hide the full extent of wait times. Did that begin under Obama or did this metastasize from incompetence and under-resourced bureaucracy into full-blown corruption under Bush as well, replete with whistleblowers being suspended for objecting — and then reinstated on condition that they stop blowing the whistle?

Here’s Drew Griffin of CNN reminding the public that not only has the problem of long waits for veterans been common knowledge on the Hill for a good 10 years, Senator Barack Obama promised the VFW in 2007 that he was going to work hard to reduce them. Click the image to watch.(2)

 

 

“New revelations that President Barack Obama has known since 2008 about delayed care and record falsification at Veterans Affairs facilities but did nothing, even as veterans died, call into question his personal role in the scandal. “Obama knew. Obama knew for over five years. And Obama chose to do nothing even as veterans continued to die. … Obama continued to ignore the rising death toll until it was publicly exposed. Only then did he claim to be ‘madder than hell’ and took action, which he should have done over five years ago.” – ” Rep. Steve Stockman

 

Since 2001 the VA has settled over 167 claims as a result of DELAY OF TREATMENT, paying out over $36.4 million. I wonder how many of these were deaths that could have been avoided. Obviously the VA would rather throw millions of dollars in hush money at a problem rather than fix it.

 

“You asked the White House Chief of Staff how many dead veterans do you need. I want to ask you, Jake Tapper, after Shinseki and the VA, the IRS and Lois Lerner, Benghazi and the Rhodes memo, Jay Carney telling Jon Karl the Rhodes memo wasn’t about Benghazi, Eric Holder in contempt over Fast & Furious, DOJ spying on journalists, the NSA failure to see Snowden walking out of the building with all of our secrets, after all of that, how many scandals does CNN need to call this a corrupt and failed administration”? – Hugh Hewitt

 

 

(1) He KNEW! Obama told of Veterans Affairs health care debacle as far back as 2008

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/18/obama-warned-about-va-wait-time-problems-during-20/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS#ixzz32Do8ZBkw
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(2) Report: Obama transition team was warned about unreliable wait times at VA in 2008

by Allahpundit, Hot Air – http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/19/report-obama-transition-team-was-warned-about-unreliable-waiting-times-at-va-in-2009/

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