I have been on record here extolling the efforts of Secretary Shinseki who has very publicly vowed to reform the VA and has started providing accurate actual numbers and status reports to the public. Last night Jon Stewart railed on him.
Gen Shinseki took over after Obama came into Office so he has had the same five years to reform. While everyone else is shrinking the VA budget just for tackling the claims process grew by 40 billion or million... I forget which... point is it grew.
They use a different health care tracking system than the DoD so the two systems do not talk.... I know shocking isnt it? Government programmatic rice bowls preventing a smooth working relationship... gee go figure.
I am actually rather disturbed by the numbers Stewart put out...
So sure it was 2000% and I understand there is a delay but what he fails to mention is that when Obama took office he expanded the definition for TBI and PTSD so that ALL affected were offered care. If your goal post are changed it is a bit difficult to say it simply exploded by 2000% as if there were not other cause than incompetence.Revealing that the number of veterans waiting over a year for benefits has grown a mind-blowing 2000% during Obama's tenure, Stewart pulled no punches: "That is fucking criminal."
Still beyond all that... and while Stewart is a comedian. His hard hitting piece will cause others to look. Republicans to find blood to sling on Obama and Democrats to find cause to rally for a change to the system. The good thing is they are looking. SO ridiculous items like incompatible health management systems are fixed.
I am very jaded so I assume some poster will jump in to say of the wounded vets needing care "they volunteered so fuck them and their wounds" ...... (I believe that because it has been written in CE&P before) .. People are certainly entitled to their vile thoughts but so am I. To that sentiment, should anyone hold it, let me throw in a preemptive FUCK YOU.
Is the cost too much? Should there be a limit? Some politicians during these fiscal times have offered up the VA as a way to save money... cut healthcare to be exact. Person for person it is the most expensive healthcare in the world. However, I also doubt you will find a singular group of people in the world in need of so much care. Whether that be mental health or learning to walk. We as a country ask or allowed them to do these things. So is the cost too much? Or should no cost be spared?
You can find the video clips here?