Things that are more important to democrats than the health care of veterans



US veterans are dying at the hands of left wing bureaucrats and democrats have made clear they do not regard the issue as serious. There are many things that are more important than the health of veterans. Among them:

Health care of Gitmo terrorists

Here’s another secret the White House doesn’t want you to know about the VA. Al Qaeda detainees get better medical treatment than our veterans.

Say what?

Yes, it’s true. I know because I served as a Pentagon spokesman from 2005-2009 and visited Guantanamo Bay Naval Base over 30 times during those years.

Despite the fact that Al Qaeda terrorists carried out the Sept. 11 terror attacks, killing 3,000 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.

Doctors and medical personnel are at their beck and call. Got a cold, a fever, a toothache, a tumor, chest or back pain, mental health issues, 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.

Bonuses for administrative officials who let vets die on waiting lists:

$8.8 million in all.

Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, “got an $8,500 bonus last month while there was an open [inspector general] investigation into Phoenix,” Chairman Miller told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview Wednesday.

It had been previously reported that Helman received more than $9,000 in bonus pay in 2013 on top of her annual salary of $169,900. The VA office of inspector general began investigating the Phoenix VA for wrongdoing in December 2013, months before Helman received the additional $8,500 bonus.

– Bradley Manning’s sex change operation

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has formally approved the request of Pvt. Bradley Manning, convicted for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, to be temporarily transferred out of military custody in order to undergo expensive hormone therapy and surgery to become a woman.

Manning, whose taxpayer-funded request to change his name from Bradley to Chelsea was approved last month by a Kansas court, has been able to obtain repeated diagnoses from military doctors that he suffers from “gender dysphobia”; a condition of someone ‘discontented’ with the sex they were ‘assigned with’ at birth. It was first listed as a medical condition in 2007 by the authoritative Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Two Pentagon officials quoted by WUSA-TV, the CBS News affiliate in Washington, D.C., claim the transfer orders were submitted because neither the Defense nor Veterans Department authorize such medical services, while the US Bureau of Prisons does. Pentagon Spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby denies the claim, saying no decision has been made to transfer Manning to a civilian facility.

As the medical needs of Manning, convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 35 years in prison for stealing 750,000 classified defense department documents in order to disseminate them to Wikileaks, were being assiduously attended to by America’s defense establishment, untold hundreds of American servicemen and women suffering from genuine life-threatening and acute medical conditions have allegedly been left to die on at least seven waiting lists managed by the US Veterans Administration.

At least 19 veterans “served” by VA facilities in South Carolina and Georgia died apparently avoidable deaths from colon and bowel cancers after they were put on phony waiting lists designed to prevent from obtaining the necessary diagnostic tests.

Phoenix VA doctor Dr. Sam Foote was the first to publicly expose the scandal when he claimed that up to 40 people in his jurisdiction alone had died preventable deaths while on VA waiting lists.

Sex change treatments can last several years and, in Manning’s case, will cost taxpayers up to $40,000. The 2014 published Medicaid reimbursement for a colonoscopy is $479.39.

– Changing the Redskins’ name

In a letter Thursday, 49 senators mentioned the NBA’s quick action recently to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life after he was heard on an audio recording making offensive comments about blacks. They said Goodell should formally push to rename the Redskins.

“We urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports,” read the letter, which did not use the word “Redskins.”

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida wrote his own letter saying he doesn’t believe that retaining the Redskin name “is appropriate in this day and age.”

Protecting unions:

On Wednesday, the House of Representative overwhelming approved the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act, a bill that would relax the standard bureaucratic red tape that makes it exceedingly difficult to fire government employees, even those implicated in an embarrassing scandal.

The vote was not unanimous, however, as 33 Democrats for some reason voted against the legislation. The opposition was comprised of union-backed liberals, as well as lawmakers such as Jim Moran (Va.), Steny Hoyer (Md.), and Chris Van Hollen (Md.), who represent the D.C. suburbs where many senior VA employees reside.

About the deaths of vets waiting for treatment, Bernie Sanders had this touching thought:

“People die every day.”

– Welfare for illegal aliens

“Nonetheless, as it now stands,” said the IG, “the payment of federal funds through this tax benefit appears to provide an additional incentive for aliens to enter, reside and work in the U.S. without authorization, which contradicts federal law and policy to remove such incentives.”

In 2011, the IG released another report on IRS ACTC payments to illegal aliens.

In 2008, this report revealed, the IRS paid $2.14 billion in ACTC money to 1.53 million illegal aliens; in 2009, it paid $2.86 billion to 1.85 million illegal aliens; and in 2010, it paid $4 billion to 2.18 million illegal aliens.

Over all nine years the IG audited, the IRS paid $14.228 billion in ACTC money to illegal aliens.


It’s not the money

But Jacobs was not finished crushing the dreams of his hosts. Less than an hour later, in an interview with MSNBC host Joy Reid, the retired Army colonel delivered a near fatal blow to the central liberal conceit.

When asked by Reid if Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki might receive the benefit of the doubt from veterans who received poor or no care because he was a “good guy” who had opposed the Iraq War, Jacobs did not let her down gently when he answered no.

The retired colonel went on to again insist that money is not the VA’s problem. In fact, you could confiscate ever dollar of the incalculable wealth of both the Koch brothers have hoarded and invested it into the Department of Veterans Affairs, and it would not resolve the chronic mismanagement issues plaguing that government-run enterprise.

“It doesn’t matter how much money you give them,” Jacobs said, observing that the VA was among the few departments to receive more funding following forced sequestration cuts in 2013. “The structure of the organization is incapable of delivering what we really want and really need, and that is timely, first-class medical care for all our veterans.”

No, money is not the issue

The VA’s budget has been exploding, even as the number of veterans steadily declines. From 2000 to 2013, outlays nearly tripled, while the population of veterans declined by 4.3 million.

Medical care spending — which consumes about 40% of the VA’s budget — has climbed 193% over those years, while the number of patients served by the VA each year went up just 68%, according to data from the VA.

From 2008 to 2012 alone, per-patient spending at the VA climbed 27%. To put that in perspective, per capita health spending nationwide rose just 13% during those years.

And per-enrollee spending for Medicare went up only 10%, government data show.

Some will argue that the increase in health spending was the direct result of all those wounded warriors coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan.

But these vets aren’t driving VA costs higher.

A Congressional Budget Office report found that they cost $4,800, on average, in 2010 compared with $8,800 for other veterans who used the system.

Obama is doing with Shinseki what he does with incompetent heads of departments- keeping him.

Obama asserts that caring for veterans is a “sacred obligation.” We all know about Obama’s phony promises to help vets back on 2007. How many remember one of the first things Obama actually did when he became President?

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Veterans groups are angry after President Obama told them Monday that he is still considering a proposal to have treatment for service-connected injuries charged to veterans’ private insurance plans.
Leaders of the country’s most prominent veterans groups met Monday at the White House with Obama, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Steven Kosiak, the director in charge of defense spending for the Office of Management and Budget.

Some of the veterans groups were caught off guard when the president said the administration is still thinking about the idea as a way of generating $540 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2010. The groups and some members of Congress have been very vocal in opposing the idea.

The message, according to some of the people in the room, was that if the groups do not like this idea, they need to come back with another way of saving or raising revenue for the VA.

Making hollow promises is nothing new for Barack Obama. He is full of sh*t.

democrats care so much for vets that they labelled them “terrorist threats.” Predictably, Pelosi blamed Bush.

They’re full of sh*t too.


Almost forgot another way Obama showed vets how much he cares for them:

Obama Cuts Military Pensions, Exempts ObamaCare Subsidies

The administration plans to cut the military pensions of those who served their country while giving public employees a break by exempting their ObamaCare subsidies from sequestration.

On the heels of announcing that Army troop levels will be cut below pre-World War II levels, the Military Times has reported that the Obama administration is planning to reduce military pension costs by 10% by converting part of their retirement to 401(k)-like defined-contribution plans from defined-benefit plans.

What makes this interesting is that it affects military retirees and members of the military who are non-union and therefore can’t strike or engage in collective bargaining. Public-sector union employees will retain their defined-benefit plans.

So, those who defend this country will be cut while those who feed at the public trough and whose union dues provide a ready supply of campaign cash will not.

To cut the retirement benefits of the military after these genuine heroes have fought with honor and distinction for 13 years in Iraq and Afghanistan is unconscionable. It’s particularly despicable to treat American military retirees worse than other public employees.

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Too bad it’s always been the GOP who cuts services for our vets.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Slams Blatant Republican Hypocrisy on Veterans

As Commander in Chief, I believe that taking care of our veterans and their families is a sacred obligation. It’s been one of the causes of my presidency.

From Obama’s weekly address entered on the White House web site just today.

Obama lacks any morals for him to be able to say that line.

A doctor in Albuquerque, New Mexico, told The Daily Beast that VA patients face a four-month wait to see a cardiologist.
120 DAYS!!!!
The facility has an eight-person cardiology department, but most of them aren’t working at any given time, and when they are, they see fewer than two veterans a day.
“That means,” The Daily Beast reports, “the entire eight-person department sees as many patients in a week as a single private practice cardiologist sees in two days, according to the doctor.
60% of private practice cardiologists reported seeing between 50 and 124 patients per week, according to a 2013 survey of medical professionals’ compensation conducted by Medscape.
Times that by 8 and those LAZY VA offices could be seeing between 400 and 992 heart patients.

The math is damning!
8 VA cardiologists see around 10 patients a week.
Private practice cardiologists see around 50 to 124 patients a week EACH!
8 of them could see between 400 and 992 patients a week.

How quickly could the VA run through their backlog if their offices worked as hard and efficiently as private offices?

I was deployed to Afghanistan back in 2011 when the budget battle was going on and the government was shut down. This would have meant soldiers were not going to be paid, even if deployed. The house had a bill that specifically stated the military would continue being paid even if the government shut down. Obama went on TV and said he would veto the bill if it passed congress. Our commander had to tell our unit that just because we might not get paid didn’t mean we could refuse to do our jobs while deployed, and that soldiers’ families back home could go to AER to get loans to pay bills if necessary. As if deployed commanders and soldiers didn’t have enough to worry about avoid getting shot at and blown up, Obama had to add the distraction for a soldier worrying about his ability to support his family.

Anyone who thinks dems care about the military is a blind fool.

See post #1 for a blind fool.

Larry Kudlow:

Don’t tell me the problem is not enough government money. That is nonsense. Everyone should go read John Merline’s article in Investor’s Business Daily headlined “VA Health Spending Soars as Vets Decline.” Here are some of his numbers: From 2000 to 2013, VA outlays nearly tripled while the population of veterans declined by 4.3 million.

How about ditching the whole VA system of socialized medicine and instituting a Veteran voucher system?

@Nanny G:

How about ditching the whole VA system of socialized medicine and instituting a Veteran voucher system?

The answer is simple, Nan. Until now, the left has used the VA as a success program for their goal of single payer, government run health care. Dead veterans blew that claim of success out of the water.

Just look at Bernie Sanders (VT-Socialist) who said “people die all the time” in response to the VA problem.

That’s the AVERAGE salary of the 251 FULL-TIME VA employees who do NO work for veterans but spend 100% of their time doing work for their own UNION.
That is not including part-timers in union work at the VA.
You bet.
Counter-productive to helping vets?

Add to this the over-reaction by VA security when a vet wants faster service so plans to leave after a 4 hour wait:
Jonathan Montano told a nurse at the Loma Linda VA he was going to a different hospital. The nursing staff called the police who ultimately roughed him up by tackling him to the floor, slamming his head on the floor, and kneeing and stomping on his neck, and otherwise brutalizing and restraining him.
Doctors and nurses lied by telling his wife he had ”suffered a stroke.”
Only one staff member told the wife the truth.
This vet died from his beat down.

Shinseki resigns.
Obama OKs that.

Serving those who served is not necessarily a priority, but saving the planet is Job 1. Solar panels and windmills can be more important than the touch of a healing hand.

At the Phoenix VA Health Care System, where 20 Americans died from incompetence and cover-up, the department spent $20 million putting solar panels on the hospital roofs. That would have been more than enough money to provide the veterans with the health care they deserved.

Obama has frittered away tons of money on ”green” projects.
Well, it’s not gone.
His cronies got it.
His old bundlers got it.