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Texas VA run like a ´crime
syndicate´ whistleblower says

Daily Beast, by Jacob Siegel

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 5/28/2014 6:28:21 AM

Last week, President Obama pledged to address allegations of corruption and dangerous inefficiencies in the veteran’s healthcare system. But before the president could deliver on his pledge, the scandal has spread even further. New whistleblower testimony and internal documents implicate an award-winning VA hospital in Texas in widespread wrongdoing – and what appears to be systemic fraud. Emails and VA memos obtained exclusively by The Daily Beast provide what is among the most comprehensive accounts yet of how high-level VA hospital employees conspired to game the system. It shows not only how they manipulated hospital wait lists but why –

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 5/28/2014 7:19:18 AM     (No. 9864218)

Just like the rest of the federal government then.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: texascunning, 5/28/2014 7:21:30 AM     (No. 9864219)

The saddest, funniest comment in the article is in the last paragraph, concerting Eric Holder:

"There´s definitely reason to think there may have been criminal activity," Rieckhoff said, "maybe it´s time for Attorney General Holder and the Department of Justice to get involved..."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kayworthy, 5/28/2014 7:43:26 AM     (No. 9864236)

(Groan) of course The Beast would pick Texas to critique. It´s eternally Bush´s fault.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bubby, 5/28/2014 7:49:36 AM     (No. 9864243)

I would like to know the party affiliation of those involved in this treasonous treatment of our vets. I´m sure the hard hitting investigative msm will be on it. My guess is that they were all Democrats but I could be wrong but I sure would like to know.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Keekng, 5/28/2014 8:21:41 AM     (No. 9864291)

VA hospitals are 80% unionized which means they are most likely at least 80% democrat.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Avogadra, 5/28/2014 8:24:02 AM     (No. 9864296)

It´s important to remember that the federal government in Texas is just like the federal government everywhere else. Private sector workers are well aware that this is a right to work state and their employers can let them go at any point. By contrast, those who "work" in the federal system have unlimited access to union appeals, can make serious complaints against their bosses for the most illogical reasons, and are able to use any number of schemes that make them practically immune to being fired. Once somebody has been hired as a federal employee and has passed his/her probationary period, it is almost impossible to fire them.

With no brakes on their behavior, it is no wonder that federal employees who chose to, can turn their place of business into a crime syndicate.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Pros7767, 5/28/2014 8:28:02 AM     (No. 9864298)

The photo just breaks my heart.

These men deserve so much better. They should have a gold card allowing them specialized treatment anywhere in the country.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: kiwikit, 5/28/2014 8:48:02 AM     (No. 9864323)

Just like the FED Education system: run by labor union thugs who lie, cheat, and think only of themselves, not the children or patients! Why do we hear so little about 80% VA being run using union goals: do anything to make us look good?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Cog, 5/28/2014 9:05:02 AM     (No. 9864350)

No matter who we elect, the union employees remain and cannot be fired. The Democrats always increase the number of these employees, and efficiency is never their objective.
The objective is to re-elect Democrats, and the work never gets done.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: marthaville, 5/28/2014 9:19:34 AM     (No. 9864378)

The Daily Beast article bases its article on interviews with one "clinician" who worked in the Central Texas VA system. The focus of the article is that system and its hospital in Temple, Texas, while only dealing with the experience of the "whistleblower" who worked within that system. Most comments blame the State of Texas for the problems described. There is no mention of the other VA systems in Texas.

There is no mention of any problems at the VA at any other Texas locations, or facilities in other states.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Ret.TxLeo, 5/28/2014 9:30:05 AM     (No. 9864397)

There is a reason...Battleground Texas they are targeting just the VA system in the Daily Beast.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Libertygal, 5/28/2014 10:57:45 AM     (No. 9864524)

One poster brings up an interesting point. I wonder if the troubled VA systems are only Red State systems. Must check and verify all of the incoming news on the new violations pouring in to verify, but just pulling from memory, it seems highly suspect, doesn´t it?

Just like a Red state asking for help with drought or fighting wildfires and being denied, while Blue states get unlimited help.

Oh, that would be crossing a chasm of a red line if found to be the case... All our vets deserve our help, regardless of political affiliation, especially if it is just based on tge state they live in.

Warning Will Robinson, warning...


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Reply 13 - Posted by: mickturn, 5/28/2014 11:02:20 AM     (No. 9864533)

When the Govt. system forces people to lie to get promoted, guess what happens.

The entire culture is corrupt and should be disbanded...Close down the VA and provide our VETS with vouchers that cannot be revoked and must be honored by all hospitals/doctors/clinics etc.

Problem Solved. I´ll bet that in short order the costs the VA was sucking down a black hole will be recovered and there will be a profit.

Govt. IS NOT a solution, it is another set of problems that grows into a disaster. The VA is a perfect example of how NOT to do this (and why, as a VET, I would never set foot into a VA hospital and never have!)

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Butch59, 5/28/2014 11:14:35 AM     (No. 9864548)

"The love of money is the root of all evil".

That old saying comes into play here in the fact that those in the positions to receive them can and are getting bonuses. If you would like to get a handle on this, short of firing all of them at the same time, then in should be instated that NOT PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEE OR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE IS ELEGIBLE FOR BONUSES. That in itself would remove most of the reason for falsifying the records. And re-write the requirements for advancement. Make sure that those who do advance in position are fully capable of doing the job. Honestly. Our vets deserve the finest care available. Especially those wounded in combat.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: chatham, 5/28/2014 3:42:36 PM     (No. 9864931)

Obama and His Bride show Americans who are employed in Government how he and his Wife treat the Taxpayers Money, in vacations and such.
The employees take this example and treat the taxpayer monies with the same respect as shown by Obama and His Bride.
Therefor anything is fair game.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: gone2pot, 5/28/2014 8:37:59 PM     (No. 9865151)

But at least the nation said, "Thank you for your service," and they all feel better now! It will ALWAYS be Rudyard Kipling´s TOMMY and will NEVER change. And from an American vet, I say, "Thank you America for your failure. YOU DO NOT deserve the freedom you have. Not one second of it."

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Keekng, 5/31/2014 7:34:35 AM     (No. 9868077)

Next question....Will Holder pursue criminal charges against the cheaters? If not, he should be run out of town!

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