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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Waiting-for-VA deaths now exceed combat deaths in World War II

Hey Republicans, the Democrats are killing war a heroes and you are doing absolutely nothing to stop them.

For shame.

The VA's inspector general reported that 307,000 veterans died while waiting for the VA bureaucracy to get off its collective fat lazy ass and help them.

In World War II, American combat deaths totaled 291,557 (other GI deaths brought the total to 405,399).

The VA is deadlier than Hitler, Hirohito, and Mussolini -- combined.

From Fox News:
The IG report says “serious” problems with enrollment data are making it impossible to determine exactly how many veterans are actively seeking health care from the VA, and how many were. For example, “data limitations” prevent investigators from determining how many now-deceased veterans applied for health care benefits or when. 
But the findings would appear to confirm reports that first surfaced last year that many veterans died while awaiting care, as their applications got stuck in a system that the VA has struggled to overhaul. Some applications, the IG report says, go back nearly two decades.
The report addresses serious issues with the record-keeping itself. 
More than half the applications listed as pending as of last year do not have application dates, and investigators "could not reliably determine how many records were associated with actual applications for enrollment" in VA health care, the report said.
The report also says VA workers incorrectly marked thousands of unprocessed health-care applications as completed and may have deleted 10,000 or more electronic "transactions" over the past five years.
Linda Halliday, the VA's acting inspector general, said the agency's Health Eligibility Center "has not effectively managed its business processes to ensure the consistent creation and maintenance of essential data" and recommended a multi-year plan to improve accuracy and usefulness of agency records.
Privatize it -- and prosecute the miscreants at the VA.


  1. Socialized medicine is about saving money, not lives. By the Democratic/Socialist Party's perspective, the VA is working splendidly.

  2. Key part of the story that should not be overlooked. "Some applications, the IG report says, go back nearly two decades." Two decades ago was 1995. That meant Bush II had ample opportunity to begin at least addressing a problem that has clearly been going on for some time now. If your going to assign blame, then assign it equally among Ds and Rs for the pathetic treatment of veterans.

  3. Privatizing the VA is a good idea, but if you want to have health care delivered in a real market you need to abolish occupational licensing in total, especially in medicine.