|The Wilmington VAMC - the one that I use|
(photo that I took 2012)
The Republicans have been floundering around trying to push faux scandals like the Benghazi, the so called IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, and even the kidnapping of those 300 Nigerian school girls that the Republicans are trying to blame on Hillary. But now here comes a real scandal, the shameful VA (Veterans Administration) cheating scandal where some VA centers were caught falsifying records on how long it took for veterans to see their doctors. This folks is a real scandal. See here. But the Republicans better be careful before they jump on Obama for his failure (and it IS Obama's failure given his past speeches about fixing the VA) because they would not have done any better. In fact, if the Republicans were in charge we probably wouldn't have a VA.
|One of my many visits to the Wilmington VAMC|
This is one reason I am now a registered Democrat. Prior to 2000 I was a lifelong registered Republican. However, when George Bush and his Republican
The Bush Administration weren't able to drop me from the VA because there was such an outcry from veterans' groups. Veterans like me, who had already signed up in the VA, were grandfathered into the system. However, the Republicans and the Bush administration were successful in creating eight classifications of veterans eligible for VA care. The classifications ranged from total disability (classification 1) to veterans like me (classification 8). The Bush administration even tried to charge ($2,250 a year) for veterans like me to remain in the system. Thankfully they were not allowed to get away with this outrage. So Republicans, don't give me your false outrage now that President Obama has failed to keep his campaign promise to "fix" the VA. I almost threw up yesterday when I saw Republican Sen. John Thune and his fellow vulture Republican senators make a statement about how "outraged" they were at President Obama.
Hey Thune, I'm outraged too but here's a clue Republicans……you don't have to do anything. You're going to look like the vultures that you and reinforce your reputation for unbridled hypocrisy.
So here's the deal folks. There is a BIG.PROBLEM.AT.THE.VA. And yes, President Obama has fallen down on the job. And Eric Shinseki should be removed from the VA. He's hapless. Did you see his "I'm mad as hell" moment the other day before the Congressional sub-committee? I almost fell asleep while he was expressing his "outrage." Wake up Shinseki! No wonder not much is getting done at the VA. Shinseki gives somnolent a whole new meaning.
You want "mad as hell"? Here's MAD AS HELL (Howard Beale from the movie "Network")
As I mentioned before, I am a veteran and I use the VA. There is a problem with getting timely appointments. A BIG PROBLEM. But I have to say this, I have always received excellent care from the VA…..once you get to see a doctor.
I've had two major operations at the VA, both successful. The VA monitors my health care every six months but taking lab tests. The VA discovered I had prostate cancer. The VA discovered that I had Gilbert's Syndrome (a non-life threatening liver ailment). My VA doctor ALWAYS has time to talk to me. The VA provides all my prescriptions at a reasonable cost. Without the VA I probably wouldn't be here today typing this blog post. But folks, I'm one of the lucky ones because I'm already in the VA system and have survived despite the Republican efforts to kick me out of the system.
Having said this, now is the time to get the VA straightened out for this thousands of veterans who have put their lives on the line in defense of this country. Now is the time for president Obama to wake up and take charge. Maybe he will have to cut back on his time for greeting sports teams at the White House and maybe even fire Shinseki (who I'm sure he put in the VA to make up for Shinseki being sacrificed by the Bush administration by daring to state that the United State would need a lot more troops in Iraq if we invaded them). Talk is cheap president Obama. DO SOMETHING! And you Republicans who are all so eager to jump on the Vulture Bandwagon and use the veterans who are suffering and dying from the way the VA is run now, have some human morality and join in helping to fix the VA so our veterans can have the proper care that they deserve.
|VA Outpatient Clinic - Georgetown, Delaware (the one where I see my doctor is is EXCELLENT!)|