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VA fix could cost billions
Washington Times, by Jacqueline Klimas

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 7/3/2014 9:12:36 PM

The VA’s data on patient wait times is so bad that Congress’s official scorekeeper can’t even calculate the costs for fixing the agency, and that has become a major hurdle as lawmakers push for a quick fix on Capitol Hill. The House and Senate each have passed bills to try to get a handle on the wait times and other problems afflicting care at VA clinics, but when negotiators from each chamber met last month to try to hammer out a compromise, they ran into problems over the cost. Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican, said they couldn’t even begin to debate what’s in the bill because the cost estimate produced by the

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One of the problems with the current 0bamaNation is the lack of desire by Congress to slash known useless agencies, programs (including pork) and employees to support our military. They deserve more than a pat on the back at airports and a cup of coffee. Many are suffering internally and externally because of the Hill´s misplaced ideas of what their priorities should be always for those that wear the uniform proudly. If the illegal alien children are allowed to stay here, the cost will be endless BILLIONS to our treasury that will take away from our returning and aging veterans.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: clw54, 7/3/2014 9:22:18 PM     (No. 9910288)

That Quinnipiac poll should have 90% thinking BHO is the worst president in history.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 7/3/2014 9:32:28 PM     (No. 9910299)

It shouldn´t cost anything at all to fire incompetent bonus seekers. Change the law to make it easier to fire federal employees.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/3/2014 9:52:16 PM     (No. 9910315)

The primary case for Obamacare was that insurance companies were denying care to those with preexisting conditions. Turns out VA was pretty much denying care to so many, they simply have lost track of how many have been denied. If this is how the government is going to do things we need to take the Senate and repeal the law now. Go ahead and put repeal on the floor. Let the Democrats decide which ones will be allowed to vote for repeal to save their seats. Then take it to court that one Congress in not allowed to subject future Congresses to special rules.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bighambone, 7/3/2014 10:42:36 PM     (No. 9910364)

They should give qualified veterans with service connected disabilities the option of going to private doctors from the get-go. A certain percentage would do that, while others would continue on with their VA doctors. That would relieve a lot of pressure on the scheduling of VA doctor´s appointments.

They should also fill prescriptions written by private doctors for qualified veterans, without those veterans then having to schedule a second doctor´s appointment with a VA doctor before such prescriptions written by private doctors can be filled at VA pharmacies. That would also take some pressure off the scheduling of VA doctor´s appointments.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: steveW, 7/4/2014 12:37:39 AM     (No. 9910442)

The reality of socialized health care - death panels and waiting lines - must be kept from the public at all costs, and those who reveal the reality must be slandered and libeled. All praise Dear Leader on this, Dependence Day 2014.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: harper, 7/4/2014 8:26:40 PM     (No. 9911384)

Here is a most timely example of the old adage that "government governs best when it governs least."

Surely it is time for the VA to be stripped to bare bones, to get the control of patient records, treatment, follow up etc. in the hands of competent professionals who are monitored for quality by competent non-political oversight. IOW, get the VA out of 95% of what they currently do. We already have the UN, we don´t need any more copycat bureaucracies.

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