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House approves VA reform bill
Politico, by Lauren French

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 7/30/2014 6:33:38 PM

The House on Wednesday approved legislation 420-5 to drastically reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. In a strong bipartisan vote, lawmakers backed the $17 billion compromise bill crafted by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.). The Senate is expected to sign off on the legislation later this week. The bill gives the VA secretary new authority to fire senior employees accused of mismanagement and gives veterans the ability to leave the VA to seek medical care of they have waited longer than 14 days for treatment. The agency has been widely criticized in the wake of reports that it manipulated data on its wait times,

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Please look on this as a big win for veterans, especially since it had such a huge bipartisan support. At least the money didn´t go towards 0bama´s illegal alien invasion.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 7/30/2014 6:43:04 PM     (No. 9946951)

The VA already has a huge budget, what is the specific purpose of the 17Billion? I am a veteran in the Atlanta area and am very happy with the service and all employees I see are very professional. From where I sit the problem of the culture within the VA must be mid to upper management.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Starlady, 7/30/2014 6:43:27 PM     (No. 9946952)

This sounds good, I only hope it works the way it is described. It will provide competition for the VA Hospitals and care providers. If the veterans aren´t served in fourteen days they can go elsewhere. I think that is much better than the current situation, just hope there aren´t lots of other hoops the vets have to jump through to have this happen. Do I trust the Congress? No.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Coy860, 7/30/2014 6:48:04 PM     (No. 9946958)

The money is probably for more bonuses !
If the House were serious about this, they would give vouchers to all Vets and turn over the facilities to private hospitals or shut them down.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ASAvet, 7/30/2014 7:19:12 PM     (No. 9946982)

More money ?? Still more money ?? Why is any problem´s solution always "more money ?"

How about more competence ??

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LouD, 7/30/2014 7:45:16 PM     (No. 9947022)

Are there any provisions for firing those who failed to carry out their duties; i.e. upper management?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chumley, 7/30/2014 8:43:56 PM     (No. 9947081)

Mrs C is a nurse and tells me this is not realistic. They cant hire many more doctors or nurses because there aren´t any. There aren´t enough for the demand now, and far fewer are getting into the medical profession (she says) because of Obamacare. Nurses are understaffed everywhere, and the worse it gets the more hours they have to put in. They eventually burn out and quit.

This is just more wasted money.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: KTWO, 7/30/2014 8:59:35 PM     (No. 9947097)

A necessary bill, virtually nothing would improve w/o it. How much will get improved with it is the question.

The bureaucrats will now begin molding every single provision into a benefit for themselves. About that they will win some and lose some.

A good outcome ultimately depends on diligent Congressional and WH oversight. And we know how well that usually goes.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/30/2014 9:32:15 PM     (No. 9947134)

#6 There are registered nurses looking for jobs, trust me on that. Lots burn out, so true. However, many new grads with four year degrees are finding it harder to get secure fulltime positions. I know for a fact we tend to be understaffed too but it´s because hospitals have learned that 1 will do the work of 2. The VA generally have plenty of applicants and they will fill those jobs.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/30/2014 9:34:53 PM     (No. 9947138)

...so true that this is wasted money. No management change. Nobody was fired and whistleblowers are being mistreated. Labor will see to it that that new power Congress asks for to be able to fire incompetent workers will be taken out of the final bill.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/31/2014 4:14:30 AM     (No. 9947364)

Spend, spend, spend instead of Fixing the problem, they just want more excuses to quickly and speedily destroy this nation´s economy. They are too stupid to even begin to know how to fix anything.

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