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New VA secretary not
a health care expert

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 7/2/2014 6:02:32 AM

WASHINGTON—Robert McDonald is a onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of consumer products giant Procter & Gamble. [Snip] The longtime corporate executive was nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the VA and overhaul an agency reeling from revelations of widespread treatment delays and falsified records to cover up months-long waits for appointments. Veterans groups worry that McDonald may have trouble adjusting to a far-flung bureaucracy of more than 300,000 employees, where hundreds of hospital directors and other career executives wield great power far from Washington. The White House said in a scathing report last week that the VA is

"Health experts" have savaged the VA but whether a "longtime corporate executive" can overhaul the VA to properly serve veterans remains to be seen. Somehow I can´t see a purveyor of Tide to Tampax appointed by Obama doing a great job, either. But then, I´ve turned into a champion cynic over the last several years. Maybe McDonald will surprise us all.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/2/2014 6:20:34 AM     (No. 9907893)

The VA is such a mess, perhaps a corporate executive from a successful company can whip the place into shape. He can always hire a health care expert to assist him.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: IowaDad, 7/2/2014 6:26:15 AM     (No. 9907898)

Not hard.

I could close the whole mess in a week, issuing medicare cards to all vets.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 7/2/2014 7:22:52 AM     (No. 9907936)

I guess the AP Staff doesn´t realize how big and ´far-flung´ Procter and Gamble is...

But instead of hiring Health Care Experts to assist, he should start firing those at the upper levels of management to light a fire under the rest of them!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lakerman1, 7/2/2014 7:31:24 AM     (No. 9907948)

a failed soap and tampon salesman will not fix the VA. The petty functionaries there will eat him alive.
The health care part of the VA could easily be contracted out, through medicare or Medicaid. The nursing home part of it needs to remain.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 7/2/2014 7:49:22 AM     (No. 9907972)

He will fail unless he is given the power to get rid of the corrupt and incompetent bonus seekers.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/2/2014 8:18:26 AM     (No. 9908004)

McDonald will get nowhere as he will have no authority to change anything. He´ll be left as the fall guy.

Personally, I´m of the opinion that every VA hospital administrator that participated in their fraud to get bonuses should be summarily fired, then brought up on murder charges. Especially that b---h in Phoenix.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Pinchem, 7/2/2014 8:25:30 AM     (No. 9908008)

Oh come on, "Health Expert" is a vague term and could apply to almost anyone in the medical field.

If Obama had a lick of intelligence (cough cough, yeah I know) he would have been scouring the hospitals that are effectively run by a Hospital Administrator. Then appoint that person to the VA Post. He/she would know how hospitals are managed and would spot the bad people and service a lot quicker that some military elite with no hospital experience.

Since the VA system is so vast I´m sure he would need a few Hospital Administrators on his staff. He/she should also have the authority to kick A and take names, get rid of the incompetents. Of course, it may be difficult to find effective replacements, but they are out there. Just have to look in the right places rather than paying political capital. Veterans should be demanding this type of action.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Judith, 7/2/2014 8:43:19 AM     (No. 9908028)

The best governor MA ever had was a very successful business executive. He brought a lot of businesses to MA, lots of jobs, turned our economy around....and was not re-elected. I´d be more concerned about this appointment if he just was another stooge of obama´s who contributed money to the war chest....and I´ll bet that is exactly who he is.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: FLCracker, 7/2/2014 8:45:11 AM     (No. 9908033)

Neither was the last one.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 7/2/2014 9:11:11 AM     (No. 9908087)

When FDR was looking for the "supreme Commander" to lead the invasion of Europe he chose an obscure General with no real combat experience and a long career with running raining camps and shuttling around papers from a desk. he had never commanded more than a single battalion, and that was in training.

So why did FDR pass over al of the combat Generals he had to choose from for an unknown low ranking general officer from the training corps? Eisenhower was picked because he was the best administrator FDR could find. The actual military planning would be completed by a cadre of combat veteran senior officers, it was Eisenhowers job to handle the logistics, not to t lt in the nitty gritty details of which unit takes which hill.

DR knew that the best army in the world could not dislodge a boy scout troop from a campfire if they ran out of bullets, gasoline, food, dry socks or a million other things. And FDR felt there was no officer alive better at that kind of logistical planning the Dwight.

In other words, The VA has lots of medical experts (the Pattons, Monty´s, and Bradleys), it apparently has no organizational experts, no Eisenhower, and that is what it needs.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 7/2/2014 10:04:25 AM     (No. 9908138)

Exactly on point, #10!

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