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Sun May 18, 2014, 06:27 PM

Obama 'Madder Than Hell' Over Veterans Affairs Allegations, Denis McDonough Says

Source: Reuters-Huffington Post

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said President Barack Obama is "madder than hell" about possible deadly healthcare delays at the Department of Veterans Affairs and is determined to investigate and fix any flaws in the system.

"We're going to get to the bottom of those things, fix them and ensure that they don't happen again," McDonough said on CBS's "Face the Nation" in an interview aired on Sunday.

The allegations that delays in treatment at veterans hospitals could have led to otherwise preventable deaths has sparked a growing political scandal, including calls for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

A top department official, Undersecretary of Health Dr. Robert Petzel, resigned on Friday in a move critics said was an effort at damage control. But McDonough sidestepped questions about whether Shinseki had Obama's full confidence.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/18/obama-veterans-affairs_n_5347992.html





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Reply Obama 'Madder Than Hell' Over Veterans Affairs Allegations, Denis McDonough Says (Original post)
Omaha Steve May 2014 OP
Demeter May 2014 #1
George II May 2014 #2
Kelvin Mace May 2014 #11
AnalystInParadise May 2014 #52
philosslayer May 2014 #6
elleng May 2014 #8
AtheistCrusader May 2014 #16
randome May 2014 #48
billhicks76 May 2014 #21
1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #27
billhicks76 May 2014 #32
treestar May 2014 #84
Arkana May 2014 #88
AnalystInParadise May 2014 #53
1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #60
AnalystInParadise May 2014 #65
1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #66
AnalystInParadise May 2014 #67
1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #68
AnalystInParadise May 2014 #69
1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #70
Post removed May 2014 #72
1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #74
alp227 May 2014 #80
treestar May 2014 #85
billhicks76 May 2014 #86
1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #87
yurbud May 2014 #49
840high May 2014 #31
Divernan May 2014 #12
Demeter May 2014 #13
840high May 2014 #18
AnalystInParadise May 2014 #54
1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #28
840high May 2014 #30
Divernan May 2014 #34
1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #38
CountAllVotes May 2014 #41
1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #42
CountAllVotes May 2014 #46
AnalystInParadise May 2014 #56
1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #62
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1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #61
ForgoTheConsequence May 2014 #71
1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #73
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1StrongBlackMan May 2014 #78
CountAllVotes May 2014 #40
treestar May 2014 #83
Boomerproud May 2014 #15
Matthew Rose May 2014 #3
1000words May 2014 #4
Doctor_J May 2014 #19
rgbecker May 2014 #5
Hekate May 2014 #10
former9thward May 2014 #14
Hekate May 2014 #17
24601 May 2014 #25
Hekate May 2014 #29
24601 May 2014 #33
AnalystInParadise May 2014 #58
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tclambert May 2014 #20
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McCamy Taylor May 2014 #7
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secondwind May 2014 #22
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 06:31 PM

1. Spare me

 

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Response to Demeter (Reply #1)

Sun May 18, 2014, 06:41 PM

2. Spare you what? Do you know what a shambles the Dept. of VA was in five years ago?

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Response to George II (Reply #2)

Sun May 18, 2014, 08:06 PM

11. It has been a shambles at the VA

 

since Reagan. Not a single goddamned president/congress has fixed it. At some point you can only conclude it is not important to them.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #11)

Fri May 23, 2014, 05:33 PM

52. This ^^^^^

 

50 BILLION additional dollars has been thrown at the VA since 2008, and care is worse.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #1)

Sun May 18, 2014, 07:24 PM

6. Spare you what?

 

Our President inherited a complete and total mess. And he's fixing it. Given past neglect and lack of funding, its a wonder this doesn't happen more often. Your contempt is noted.

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Response to philosslayer (Reply #6)

Sun May 18, 2014, 07:42 PM

8. Thanks

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Response to philosslayer (Reply #6)

Sun May 18, 2014, 08:59 PM

16. The VA issues are horrific and on-going.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #16)

Mon May 19, 2014, 12:14 PM

48. If something actually gets done about this, Stewart will deserve much of the credit.

 

[hr][font color="blue"][center]Treat your body like a machine. Your mind like a castle.[/center][/font][hr]

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Response to philosslayer (Reply #6)

Sun May 18, 2014, 09:07 PM

21. Wake Up

 

Mad?!?! It's just theater for the masses. If Obama was ever mad at anything he would've stopped the police state.

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Response to billhicks76 (Reply #21)

Sun May 18, 2014, 10:07 PM

27. What does "the police state" ...

 

that allows you to post, unafraid, have to do with the VA?

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #27)

Sun May 18, 2014, 10:58 PM

32. Non-Believer

 

I just think its all a charade now. Feigning anger when he knows there are so many HUGE things he should be mad about but isn't. He should've gone after Bush and Cheney instead of allowing them to return untarnished in what could easily be President Jeb Bush in 2016. Shameful.

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Response to billhicks76 (Reply #32)

Sun May 25, 2014, 09:26 PM

84. He should be mad about - just exactly what you are mad about

And should attend things by your priorities.

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Response to billhicks76 (Reply #32)

Tue May 27, 2014, 12:06 PM

88. Ahahahaha.

Do you also believe that Obama ties helpless women to train tracks in his spare time?

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #27)

Fri May 23, 2014, 05:34 PM

53. LOL

 

of course you show up.

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Response to AnalystInParadise (Reply #53)

Fri May 23, 2014, 06:32 PM

60. Just like you ...

 

only much, much earlier.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #60)

Fri May 23, 2014, 10:45 PM

65. Must be that white privilege you accused me of having

 

even though I am Hispanic............

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Response to AnalystInParadise (Reply #65)

Fri May 23, 2014, 11:01 PM

66. Yeah ...

 

Whatever Hispanic veteran dude.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #66)

Fri May 23, 2014, 11:34 PM

67. What is your problem?

 

I have never doubted you are an African American, I have never doubted you believe what you post. All you do when challenged is say I must not be a veteran, I must not be Hispanic or I must be a racist. We disagree on policy, you go out of your way to allude I am a racist, I am not my own ethnic group or I can't be a veteran. How about a little two way respect, I give it to you by not questioning who and what you say you are.

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Response to AnalystInParadise (Reply #67)

Sat May 24, 2014, 12:18 AM

68. Please ...

 

Get over yourself. I have not questioned your ethnicity or your veteran status. I just get tired of your snide stalking.

You were the one that brought up the topic of you being racist by saying you are waiting for someone from the BOG to call you that.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #68)

Sat May 24, 2014, 01:53 AM

69. Yeah you did

 

You claimed I had white privilege, I told you I wasn't white, you told me you did not believe me. That thread was more than a month old. I am tempted to pay to get into the archives, just to show you that you did.

So yes you have questioned it. It would have been around six weeks ago now.

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Response to AnalystInParadise (Reply #69)

Sat May 24, 2014, 09:50 AM

70. Link to it ... or stand down, soldier. ...

 

But that said, being "accused of having a white privilege" is not being called a racist ... this just shows how clueless you are to what people are saying when they discuss white privilege.

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Sat May 24, 2014, 04:17 PM

74. How have I been anymore of a jerk ...

 

Than you? You sought me out. You accused me of calling you a racist, I did no such thing. You accused me of questioning your veteran status, when I did not.

It is you that is in full jerk mode; not me.

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Response to AnalystInParadise (Reply #67)

Sun May 25, 2014, 09:27 PM

85. are you a white Hispanic or a black one?

Or Native American? Or Asian for that matter (there are a few).

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #27)

Mon May 26, 2014, 10:38 PM

86. It Doesn't

 

I'm more commenting on the so-called newsworthy headline across America that Obama was mad. It has been my observation that many things that should make him mad don't or he doesn't show it. I've watched my country transform into a terrible state in the last 14 years. It bothers me deeply and I see our leader doing nothing to stop it and actually facilitates it which I just can't understand. The crux of it is that we have turned into a police state which I see as a big deal and has affected people I know greatly. I see Obama as maintaining the status quo at best. It's like he is just sitting there filling a chair until the next Bush is handed power.

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Response to billhicks76 (Reply #86)

Tue May 27, 2014, 08:12 AM

87. Here's a hint ...

 

In police state countries, you don't get to post on the internet that the country is a police state.

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Response to billhicks76 (Reply #21)

Mon May 19, 2014, 07:03 PM

49. no shit.

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Response to philosslayer (Reply #6)

Sun May 18, 2014, 10:46 PM

31. He's had 6 years - perhaps less

 

money for drones and more for Veterans would be nice.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #1)

Sun May 18, 2014, 08:33 PM

12. Obama in office 6 yrs.; only gets mad after congressional hearing embarasses him.

Anyone who has a friend or relative who's been a patient in the VA system has heard horror stories about problems "qualifying" for health care. And that's been true going back to Nam. Just yesterday, I stopped to talk with an old Navy vet collecting donations via the red poppies. His son was in Iraq where he lost one eye and one hand in an IED explosion. At first he was given 100% disability, and then it was taken away. The young man had the ability to fight for several years to get his disability rating back/ and to get health care through the VA. The older vet said that getting access to the system was by far the toughest problem - but that the doctors who treated his son were good.

The situation was horrible 6 years ago when O. took office. And only now does Obama find out about it and only through a Congressional hearing. Well that fits in perfectly with Obama's attitude toward whistle blowers. He's a war prezident when it comes to playing with drones and kill lists - not so much with taking care of the wounded vets.

Your comment, Demeter, is spot on.

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Response to Divernan (Reply #12)

Sun May 18, 2014, 08:36 PM

13. Thank you for the support, Divernan

 

I'm used to the abuse dished out by the BOG, but it's nice to know I'm not the only one with issues.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #13)

Sun May 18, 2014, 09:02 PM

18. You're not the only one.

 

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Response to Demeter (Reply #13)

Fri May 23, 2014, 05:37 PM

54. Yeah I was on the receiving end of BOG swarm

 

the other day for daring to say that Shinseki should resign. Got shut out of my own thread for calling someone "daft", not a swear word, not an insult, I called someone "daft" for defending Shinseki over dead veterans. Apparently daft is the new dread word for the BOG.

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Response to Divernan (Reply #12)

Sun May 18, 2014, 10:12 PM

28. As one that knows several Vets ...

 

in Arizona who have absoluteely no problem with the VA, or accessing its services ... Maybe Demeters comments aren't "spot on".

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #28)

Sun May 18, 2014, 10:44 PM

30. Try the VA in Atlanta - a different story.

 

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #28)

Sun May 18, 2014, 11:18 PM

34. Oh, come on! What's Obama "madder than hell" about then?

Demeter's reaction was not to whether or not there are, as you incredibly claim, "absolutely no problem" for vets in accessing VA services. The Congressional hearings and Obama's own "leaked" reaction of (suddenly, after 6 years) being "madder than hell" proved that to Obama's satisfaction, there are very serious, life-threatening problems with the VA. Obviously, again, Obama believes that there are horribly serious problems with the VA's availability to medically needy veterans. So Obama clearly disagrees with your position, based on several vets in Arizona, that there are "absolutely no problems" with the VA. Have I repeated that enough for it to sink in for you? Or are you proposing that since a few vets you know in one state are OK with the VA, that the Congress should ignore all the testimony it heard and just drop any inquiry?

Demeter's "spot on" comment had to do with the johnny-come-lately nature of Obama's sudden anger over something which has been the case for each of the 6 years he's been President. And yes, everyone understands he couldn't fix every problem at once. But he damn well could have STARTED to at the very least acknowledge it - why, he could even have appointed a commission like the much vaunted Cat Food Commission he set up to try to gut social security. Now social security was doing just fine, but presented the opportunity for profiteering through privatizing the investments, whereas there were no Big Lobbying interests pushing to reform the VA.

Nope. Demeter's still spot on and you are WAY off base.

Come on Mr. President. Fewer millions spent on drones, and more millions spent on beefing up VA services to wounded vets! Just too damn bad if the Military Industrial Complex makes one percent less profit!

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Response to Divernan (Reply #34)

Mon May 19, 2014, 07:51 AM

38. Are you a veteran that has had problems with the VA? ...

 

Or, are you a "Democrat" that is more than happy to pile on this President?

Demeter's "spot on" comment had to do with the johnny-come-lately nature of Obama's sudden anger over something which has been the case for each of the 6 years he's been President.


But to be more accurate, the problems with the VA have existed for each of the last 60 years, and the last 12 presidents, at least.

Is it possible that President Obama's anger is the result of his being aware of the system's problems but not the scope of the problems ... IOWs, in any system with 8,000,000 participants, there are bound to be, both, individual and systemic delivery failures, many of which do not come to light until they come to light ... I suspect that his anger is because there appears to have been a willful attempt to cover-up, rather than fix, these problems.

To be plain, I agree there are big problems (beyond this "delay problem" with the Veteran Health Admininstration (and the American health provider system in general) and those problem need to be addressed immediately.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #38)

Mon May 19, 2014, 11:07 AM

41. Thank you for clarifying many things

You've said it all -- this is no "new" problem, it has been going on for years!



Will the VA ever be "fixed'? I rather doubt is will be "fixed" in my lifetime, but I suppose it doesn't hurt to have hope that it will be.

In the meantime, the horse and pony "Love a Vet" show goes on and on ...

Sad as all hell IMO as my cousin is now on his 10th tour of Afghanistan! Will help be there for him when he finally returns home? I hate thinking about it frankly.

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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #41)

Mon May 19, 2014, 11:26 AM

42. I'm beginning to recognize a pattern ...

 

go to the dredge report or politicos ... find the partisan right's outrage of the day ... wait 10 minutes ... Get to comment on it here at DU, as it's the DU outrage of the day.

I'm not saying that the VA is not a hot mess; but to suddenly lay this at the feet of this President calling his outrage a "Johnny-come-lately" faux-outrage is rather transparent ... especially when everyone writing their VA outrage here, were silent on the VA 2 weeks ago.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #42)

Mon May 19, 2014, 11:35 AM

46. I do not care what other political opinions are or say

I, yes I, posted on this about 2 weeks ago.

The final reply to my thread under LBN was to STFU!

How do you like those apples?

STFU? NEVER!

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #38)

Fri May 23, 2014, 05:39 PM

56. Veteran with VA troubles

 

Wife retired veteran with VA troubles

Best friend medically retired veteran fighting to keep his disability after losing a hand in Iraq...........

I can go on all day pal.

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Response to AnalystInParadise (Reply #56)

Fri May 23, 2014, 06:35 PM

62. I'm sorry ... Pal.

 

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #28)

Fri May 23, 2014, 05:38 PM

55. Retired Vet here who lived in Arizona (now Texas) who had horrible times at the VA

 

For every vet you know, I bet i know more vets that have been screwed by the VA. Want to compare notes?

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Response to AnalystInParadise (Reply #55)

Fri May 23, 2014, 06:34 PM

61. I'm sorry and no thank you. eom.

 

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #28)

Sat May 24, 2014, 02:39 PM

71. Sure you do.

Of course this makes you an expert on the matter too.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #71)

Sat May 24, 2014, 04:09 PM

73. Never said I ...

 

Was an expert ... no more than any one else on this board.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #73)

Sat May 24, 2014, 04:25 PM

75. Some people have first hand experience.

You have nothing but hearsay.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #75)

Sat May 24, 2014, 05:08 PM

78. Just like any number of other posters ...

 

Why do I merit special attention?

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Response to Divernan (Reply #12)

Mon May 19, 2014, 10:57 AM

40. +1,000

You tell a very sad tale. I believe you.

When I was working for the VA the horrors of Agent Orange were still in the denial mode. It was sickening!



When I worked for them, they viewed the patients by what war they were in as to when and what priority they would have for receiving care. At that time, the Vietnam vets were at the bottom of that list; WWI (few survivors at that time) were at the top of said list. I'm told said "list" no longer exists (thank god ... if this is indeed true).

Of course now we know the horrors of Agent Orange but how many have died because of OUR DENIAL that this problem exists? It makes me cringe just thinking about it and I'll refrain from repeating what was said about the Vietnam era vets at that time ...



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Response to Divernan (Reply #12)

Sun May 25, 2014, 09:24 PM

83. So it took Congress that long to start a hearing?

Well I guess they were busy with Benghazi and the IRS. Took them longer to find this because it's not as dramatic. And they will still be looking for something.

And they are the ones using government shut downs and refusing to fund things.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #1)

Sun May 18, 2014, 08:55 PM

15. I agree.

Heads have got to start rolling. Obama has got to start leading before the Pubbies can smack him around some more. That's why the "tyrant" meme from the RW is so laughable. Sometimes he doesn't act like he cares about anything anymore-especially his so-called "agenda".

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 06:45 PM

3. #FundtheVA

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 06:56 PM

4. Perhaps he can privatize the VA

 

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Response to 1000words (Reply #4)

Sun May 18, 2014, 09:04 PM

19. Wanna bet that's where we're headed?

 

The only thing that might stop him from selling this to Big Insurance is that it's a rather small fish compared to the whales they've gotten so far. But they might take it if he promises, say, Medicare as well.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 07:04 PM

5. I support Gen Shinseki.

The guy was the only one confident enough to stand up to Rumsfeld. I think he needs a chance to right this situation. There probably is not one Government enterprise that could not be improved. The proof will be in the resolution not in the finding of the problem.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Shinseki

Just saying.

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Response to rgbecker (Reply #5)

Sun May 18, 2014, 07:49 PM

10. +1. Thanks -- I think Shinseki's a good man who inherited a complete mess from Rumsfeld

It's like every other aspect of government and military that Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld touched. Heckuva job, Bushie! They set out to prove that government doesn't work by ensuring that it couldn't work, and almost succeeded.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #10)

Sun May 18, 2014, 08:38 PM

14. The VA was not under Rumsfeld.

Shinseki did not inherit anything from him. He has been in office since 2009. This problem is his and not someone's years ago.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #14)

Sun May 18, 2014, 09:01 PM

17. Sorry, I meant to use the name of the Prez at the time: Bush. However...

As for the amount of damage inflicted by the Bush/Cheney regime on the US government, the Civil Service, FEMA, etcetera etcetera -- during the political campaign season leading up to Bush's departure from office, I cautioned against DUers believing that any one human being would be able to clean up the amount of damage inflicted, not in 4 years, not in 8 years, and perhaps not in what remains of my lifetime.

I was dead serious then, and I am not gratified at all to be proven right. The GOP members of Congress swore to do everything in their power to oppose President Obama, and they have done so.

It's why I celebrate every advance by Obama's administration, however small.

Congress has to approve the budget for the VA, including its hospitals. I notice they always seem to find money for the Pentagon's pet projects -- but where does the VA hospital system's needs fall in the scheme of things?

General Shinseki did NOT create this clusterfk. GOPers calling for his head on a pike have called for just about every member of this administration's head on a pike, just to be nastily obstructive. They've gotten some, too, and for what real-life objective reasons? Nada. Do we grant them yet another victory by tossing Shinseki to them? I'm more inclined to believe him than them. The GOPers in Congress have NO credibility left, as far as I am concerned.





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Response to Hekate (Reply #17)

Sun May 18, 2014, 09:45 PM

25. No departments are under any Vice Presidents either. They are not in any chain of command and

Joe Biden is not the Vice/Deputy Commander in Chief.

VPs have direct control only over their Capitol Staff. "Their" Executive Branch staff hold Presidential Commissions and are officially hired & fired by the President.

They have two duties:

1. Preside over the Senate/serve as President of the Senate.

2. Check the special obituary from the Washington Post front page lead (top-right story) every morning to see if their duties have changed.

What I would ask about today's VA scandal: When was the last time the President had a 1 on 1 meeting with the DVA Secretary, how long did it last and what was on the agenda?

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Response to 24601 (Reply #25)

Sun May 18, 2014, 10:24 PM

29. WTF does VP Biden have to do with this? VP Cheney had an inordinate amount of power/influence...

...in the George W. Bush administration, which is why I always reference him in that manner, ie Bush/Cheney. Don't be disingenuous.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #29)

Sun May 18, 2014, 11:15 PM

33. They had/have precisely the same authority - run the senate. Even offering advice to the President

is a function of how much the President allows. What's disingenuous is to pretend otherwise.

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Response to 24601 (Reply #25)

Fri May 23, 2014, 05:55 PM

58. The answer is 2 years ago

 

before this past week

n/t

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Response to Hekate (Reply #17)

Fri May 23, 2014, 05:49 PM

57. I am confused

 

Shrub is a failure in many areas but VA funding rose 28 BILLION dollars during the time Shrub was in office and major ground combat did not begin until 2003. During PBO's time in office VA funding has risen 40 BILLION dollars.

So from 2002-now VA funding has risen by nearly 70 BILLION dollars. And since MORE Veterans (WWII, Korea and Vietnam veterans )have died in those years, versus new vets being created by Iraq and Afghanistan the VA has significantly more money but fewer patients overall and I am still supposed to believe this is the fault of a guy that has not been in office for over five years now? C'mon..... How can you say that shit with a straight face and say Shinseki is blameless...........UNREAL

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Response to former9thward (Reply #14)

Sun May 18, 2014, 09:06 PM

20. He's talking about the run-up to the Iraq war. Gen. Shinseki asked the uncomfortable questions

like "What about after the invasion? We don't have near enough troops for occupation duty." Rumsfeld and the Bush administration marginalized Shinseki after that by announcing his successor as Army Chief of Staff early.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #20)

Sun May 18, 2014, 09:21 PM

23. Yes, his questioning about Iraq showed rare courage in our General ranks.

But the this administration has to take responsibility for what is happening now. Why has not the General spoke up previously about this issue? It took a whistle blower to bring this to light. The budget for the VA was $88 billion in 2009 and is $153 billion in 2014. So it is not true that they have had cuts.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #20)

Sun May 25, 2014, 08:52 PM

82. Appointing GEN Shenseki was a political poke at Bush because he didn't nominate him for a 2nd term

as Army Chief of Staff.

If his leadership at DVA has been this poor, it's reasonable to wonder if there was more to the story of no 2nd term, but OIF differences was a way to let him go without making him lose face.

Even so, then Senator Obama spoke of major DVA problems during the 2008 campaign. So, as a disabled veteran, I'd really like to know how many one-on-one meetings the President and DVA Secretary had before last week.

The Secretary is accountable to the President, but the President is supposed to be accountable to us. So what has President Obama done about this since January 20, 2009? Where has it been on his priorities? If last week was the first real meeting, all we are hearing is BS. And if there had been such meetings over the last 5 1/2 years, who doesn't believe Jay Carney wouldn't be detailing all of them?

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Response to Hekate (Reply #10)

Mon May 19, 2014, 11:28 AM

43. Ret. Lieutenant General James Peake was Shinseki's predecessor

As others have pointed out, Rumsfeld had no authority over the VA. however, Ret. Gen. Peake was Shinseki's predecessor FYI.



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 07:36 PM

7. Easy fix. Hire more doctors and PAs to see more patients.

I can squeeze in some part time work for the local VA, if it means getting more Veterans into the system more quickly. I'll keep my eyes on the postings. I encourage all other primary care doctors to do the same.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 07:43 PM

9. Dr. Petzel

I wouldn't worry about Dr. Petzel leaving the VA. He already has employment with the Wounded Warriors Project.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 09:19 PM

22. My husband is a Vietnam vet, and he receives excellent healthcare from the VA... We both love it.

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Response to secondwind (Reply #22)

Fri May 23, 2014, 07:22 PM

64. My dad has had a great experience too -

but he's a Vietnam era vet as well with well-documented injuries. Maybe it varies by hospital/area.

After growing up with a disabled Vet for a father I can't think of a more important promise a country can make to it's people - if you go in there and defend us all we will take care of you. If we can't even keep that promise we should hang it up.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 09:36 PM

24. The whole situation is heartbreaking. I'm eligible, but I won't use VA healthcare

Because every minute devoted to caring for me would be one minute taken away from a veteran who needs it more. I went once, several years ago, to a VA hospital for an evaluation. I was not prepared to see all the maimed and disabled veterans there. I haven't been back, nor will I, as long as I can afford to pay for my own health care. I'm not wise enough to know what the solution to the problem is, but VA healthcare needs to be fixed.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #24)

Sun May 18, 2014, 10:01 PM

26. Pretty much my rationale. I'm rated 50% disabled/service connected. I've used VA exactly twice

in 20 years. The first was for their exams to meet their evaluation requirements of my condition. The 2nd was for an H1N1 flu shot.

I'm beginning to believe the problem as it is may be un-fixable within the current DVA structure.

Perhaps it's time to disband the VA medical system and just issue a card to eligible vets that is good for any & all health care with direct billing to the department. Same conditions as the current system regarding co-pays, deductible, limits, prescriptions, etc.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 11:33 PM

35. Maybe some ACTION this time??? One can dream, right?!?!

 

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #35)

Mon May 19, 2014, 11:32 AM

44. That is asking for action

My husband is sitting here saying in the background, "If Obama is so damn mad than why the hell doesn't he DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?".

Seems like a rational request IMO.

As my late father, a WWII U.S. Marine Corps vet used to say, "Don't get mad, GET EVEN!"

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #35)

Sun May 25, 2014, 05:17 AM

81. +1 n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 01:25 AM

36. Doesn't Sen Sanders chair the VA senate committee

In the senate? My guess is this is meant to discredit him.

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Response to ALBliberal (Reply #36)

Mon May 19, 2014, 04:26 AM

37. Yes, he does

I don't think it's aimed at Sanders though.

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Response to davidpdx (Reply #37)

Mon May 19, 2014, 11:32 AM

45. Agreed ...

 

And we all know whom this is directed at ...

I'd bet that had a couple of the most angry posters had known of Sanders' Committee assignment, they would have refrained from commenting so angrily.

Ready ... Shoot ... Aim!

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #45)

Fri May 23, 2014, 06:00 PM

59. Yeah

 

God forbid people get angry at an administration who said this and then appears to have done little.

"When 400,000 veterans are stuck on a waiting list for claims, we need a new sense of urgency," said Sen Obama in 2007...............

I await the BOG to come in here and call me a racist for being angry that once again we vets are getting the shaft.

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Response to AnalystInParadise (Reply #59)

Fri May 23, 2014, 06:40 PM

63. And NO apparent anger with ...

 

Sanders ... who, actually, Chairs the committee charged with oversight.

Funny that!

I await the BOG to come in here and call me a racist for being angry that once again we vets are getting the shaft.


Keep writing ... I'm pretty certain you will get to the point where your racism will give cause to call you a racist.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #63)

Sat May 24, 2014, 04:47 PM

77. So you are claiming I am racist?

 

Why else would you use the term "your racism"??? .....typical

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Response to AnalystInParadise (Reply #77)

Sat May 24, 2014, 05:14 PM

79. Because YOU made a point ...

 

To await someone from the BOG to call you a racist. Why would you even bring that up when no one that I am aware of has done it in the first place?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 12:11 PM

47. Spare me too

I guess Obama doesn't have anybody on his staff who pays attention to the media...

Rachel Maddow brought up systemic problems at the VA over a year ago:

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/rachel-maddow/51283141#51283141

This particular issue is just a different piece of an overall problem in the way our gov't is administered.

As I've said before, maybe he'd be better off hanging out with people who actually live on Main street and didn't go to Harvard business school.

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Response to seabeckind (Reply #47)

Fri May 23, 2014, 12:07 AM

50. wow...thanks for the link!

Interesting how the LIBERAL media has paid attention to this issue before it blew up this year.

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Response to seabeckind (Reply #47)

Fri May 23, 2014, 05:13 PM

51. Jon Stewart too.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat May 24, 2014, 04:29 PM

76. Well, he has a lot to spare, considering how "un-mad" he is over the NSA, an open internet,

 

...pervasive spying, etc.

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