Veterans Scandal

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Were U.S. Veterans Benghazied?
By: Jeannie DeAngelis

In an article published online at “FinancialTimes.com”, Geoff Dyer says that the “indignity” swirling around the Obama administration concerning the unnecessary deaths of “dozens” of U.S. veterans in a VA hospital in Arizona threatens to “engulf” the president.

Dyer writes that the “outrage” surrounding Benghazi is “contrived” and that health care reform “fortunes … are improving,” then suggests that the “shoddy medical treatment” of military veterans, some of whom Obama “prevented” from entering the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. last year, “has the potential to attract broad political condemnation” of the Obama administration’s incompetence.

Before commenting on the “VA scandal”, maybe the overly “protective” Mr. Dyer should first exercise a little journalistic “curiosity” and take the time to observe how the “Commander-in-Chief” treats those who endeavor to “protect” him.

Moreover, with all due respect to the author, isn’t the “VA hospital” just another example of the sort of “bungling” that’s been going on for six years? And doesn’t this more recent “scandal” reflect the same “ineptness” that negatively “impacted” Benghazi and stands to “severely” impact what Dyer calls the “improving fortunes” of health care reform in the future?

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So let’s begin by looking at the similarities between “Benghazi and the VA scandal.”

Thanks to the pervasive “incompetence” of an administration that cares more about “distributing free contraceptives, reducing carbon emissions, freeing convicted illegal-alien murderers and rapists, and congratulating gay athletes” than its members cared about the lives of an “American ambassador, a diplomat, and two former Navy SEAL’s, another 40 or more American veterans” who have also died unnecessarily.

The Benghazi four “perished” in Libya at the hands of “terrorists.” Here at home, our military veterans “suffered” for months while “waiting” for a doctor’s appointment that would “never” happen and “perished” at the hands of our nation’s “bureaucratic” terrorists.

The similarities are striking.

Americans who are or have been in “service” of our country are in “distress and cry out for help” and are put on hold. And then, after people die, a “whitewash” ensues, and Barack Obama “pretends” he found out about it at the “same time everyone else did.”

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In short, the veterans who died were “Benghazied.”

If one had to “predict” what’s next, Secretary of Veterans Affairs/retired four-star general Eric Shinseki will “reluctantly” step down, and behind the scenes, Obama administration “heavies” will quietly shut down “whistle blowers” and assign “scapegoats.” To shore up those efforts, Obama’s media “lapdogs” will be recruited to call justified outrage “contrived.”

After all, in the words of our “esteemed” former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, if the “body bags” are zipped up and dirt has covered the “flag-draped coffins,” at that point, “what difference does it make?”

From Benghazi, let’s move along to the “no-brainer” of how the VA scandal reflects on the supposed “improving fortunes” of health care reform.

For all intents and purposes, prior to implementing “ObamaCare,” the persistent problems surrounding “VA medical care” should have “forewarned” America that despite the president’s grandiose promises, “bureaucracy and health care” do not mix.

Think about it – those who are now “coordinating” the medical treatment of 300 million people are from the same government who “mismanaged” the medical needs of the U.S. veterans – “promised health care that they never received and died waiting for.”

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That’s why it’s likely that, from Obama’s point of view, “shredding machines and two sets of books” were necessary for the “common” good.

Because if Americans were “aware” that nine million eligible U.S. veterans don’t actually have “adequate, accessible health care,” it wouldn’t “bode” very well for the other 291 million Americans now “forced” to depend on “ObamaCare” largesse. Thus, cover-ups are a “necessary” evil, required to “protect and support” the larger, more “scandalous” ruse.

Geoff Dyer, who writes about the fantastical “improving fortunes” of health care reform, also writes about the “VA system’s” problems, but he seems “blind” to the connection between the two when he states:

“The result has been a constant struggle to meet new demands, despite big spending increases. The budget for the VA has risen from $73.1bn in 2006 to $153.8bn this year. However, the number of outpatient visits at its facilities has increased from 46.5m in 2002 to 83.6m in 2012.”

According to Dyer, “the VA, which runs 152 hospitals and 817 outpatient clinics, has long suffered from delays and a dysfunctional bureaucracy.” That places “health care reform” in the same “dysfunctional” category as the “Veteran’s Administration health system,” only on a greater scale, no?

In 2010, right about the time that “ObamaCare” was being touted as the answer to all of America’s “health care” woes, the struggling VA claimed they would be implementing a “new appointments system, which promised a 14-day wait for an appointment with a primary care doctor or a specialist,” but never delivered.

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Recently retired physician Sam Foote, after working for 24 years for VA hospitals in Phoenix, Arizona, “blew the whistle” on the situation. He revealed on CNN that as many as “40 patients had died after being placed on a hidden waiting list that could last for up to a year, while officials at the hospital shredded documents and faked evidence to make it seem as if waiting times were under control.”

So there you have it.

Despite the “fawning” journalists who view the “atrocities” within the VA system as a “challenge” to Obama’s improving status, the “scandal” that’s about to blow “wide open” is just more of the same Obama “influenced” government “ineptitude” that will likely be proven “endemic” to the whole health care system.

Nonetheless, it’s unlikely that the man who is a “master at slithering his way out of multiple controversies” will be held accountable for a “travesty” that may wind its way “back” to the White House.

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“A picture worth a thousand words.”

While our veterans die waiting for medical care, terrorists are enjoying an entire medical staff at their “beck and call.”

Despite the fact that Al Qaeda “terrorists” carried out the Sept. 11 terror attacks, “killing” 3,000 plus people in America, the admitted “co-conspirators” and their roughly 150 fellow “jihadists” at Gitmo have approximately “100 doctors, nurses and health care” personnel assigned to them.

“Got a cold, a fever, a toothache, a tumor, chest or back pain, mental health issues, on hunger strike or PTSD? No problem, come right on in. Military doctors are waiting to see you.”

The VA and Gitmo eligible “patient-to-health care” provider ratios speak volumes. While the Gitmo ratio is “1.5 to 1,” for America’s 9 million veterans receiving VA health care and 267,930 VA employees, the ratio is “35 to 1.”

Still, at this late date, if the wish for “true” American justice were to be fulfilled, how fitting would it be for the “deaths of 40 or more American heroes – not in battle, but in government-run VA hospitals – to deliver the final blow that frees America from the scourge that is Barack Obama?”

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