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Monday, July 11, 2016

Trump's plan for the VA

After World War II, the VA stood for the veterans.

Now it stands for the bureaucracy.

Trump has a 10 point plan to change that, which he outlined today at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.From his prepared speech (he uses the teleprompter for important issues, not press conferences):
President Obama has allowed our Veterans Affairs health care system to deny help and support to those who deserve it most.
Hillary Clinton recently said of the VA scandal that “it’s not been as widespread as it has been made out to be.” 
She actually thinks that the Veterans Health Administration is well run – that’s because she has been part of the rigged system.
Perhaps it is easy for politicians to lose touch with reality when they are being paid millions of dollars to read speeches to Wall Street executives – instead of spending time with real people in real pain.
(By the way, the speechwriters footnoted the entire speech to pre-buttal the "fact-checkers" in the liberal press.)

His assessment:

1. "Veterans should be guaranteed the right to choose their doctor and clinics, whether at a VA facility or at a private medical center."

2. "We must also do more to help our Veterans find jobs."

3. "Veterans’ health care must also include the best mental health care. A shocking 20 Veterans are committing suicide each day, especially our older veterans."

4. Accountability. "Right now, when VA employees fail our Veterans, you can’t discipline them. That’s because of outdated civil service rules in need of reform."

His plan in his words:

1. "I will appoint a Secretary of Veterans Affairs who will make it his or her personal mission to clean up the VA."

2. "I am going to use every lawful authority to remove and discipline federal employees or managers who fail our Veterans or breach the public trust."

3. "I am going to ask Congress to pass legislation that ensures the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has the authority to remove or discipline any employee who risks the health, safety or well-being of any Veteran."

4. "I am going to appoint a commission to investigate all the wrongdoing at the VA and then present those findings to Congress as the basis for bold legislative reform."

5. "I am going to make sure the honest and dedicated people in the VA have their jobs protected, and are put in line for promotions."

6. "I will create a private White House Hotline – that is answered by a real person 24 hours a day – to ensure that no valid complaint about VA wrongdoing falls through the cracks."

7. "We are going to stop giving bonuses to people for wasting money, and start giving bonuses to people for improving service, saving lives and cutting waste."

8. "We are going to reform our visa programs to ensure American Veterans are in the front, not back, of the line."

9. "We are going to increase the number of mental health care professionals, and increase outreach to Veterans outside of the system."

10. "We are going to ensure every Veteran in America has the choice to seek care at the VA, or to seek private medical care paid for by our government."

Excellent. No. 10 especially.

That is how a CEO does it. Assess the situation, and take action.

You know if I were not already going to vote for him, I would just because of this. Veterans are hurting because of the government. That is a dirty rotten shame. Fix it.


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  1. Note the appropriate mixture of the Attaboy (No.5) and the Your-Ass-Is-Grass (No.2).

    Now, what about the IRS?

  2. The Federal bureaucracy is a "straitly shut up" bastion, and right now, Trump is marching round the perimeter walls blowing rams' horns. Guess what happens next year?

    In fact, I can see "Jericho" becoming a verb for what the Trump Administration does to Leftist fiefdoms everywhere.

    1. The Lord told Joshua, tread on the sinners in Jericho...

      Yes yes yes Dave. Great post.

  3. The VA should be on the path to extinction. Giving the veteran the choice of VA or private health care is one way to put it on that path. I retired last week, so this doesn't have any impact on me, but when I was working most of my patients that were veterans and had medicare and a supplement would go to the VA for a yearly checkup and to get their meds. Any surgeries that needed to be done were performed at a hospital outside the system--if they were smart.

    1. Sorry brother, but are you kidding me? "Private" health care? It's ALL being run by the government now, in one way or another. And people are calling 911 for a paper cut. The ONLY way we reduce health care costs - and give our vets the care they deserve - is by starting to charge these freeloaders who didn't serve. Starting with Leo DeCaprio. Tax his ass, now.

    2. Regardless of how bad the private system has become so far, it is still largely being operated by the same people it was before Obama became president. There is competence there that is unknown in the VA system. It can still be directed in a better direction. Granted, many of the reasons I am not in it any longer at a relatively young age involve how bad things have become, but with some radical deregulation things may get better.

    3. I'll go this one further...a tax CREDIT for anyone who's served in the military. Paid for by those who didn't. Only fair, right? We put our asses on the line for y'all. Don't we deserve a little thanks?

    4. Measures that are merely punitive don't tend to gain support or work well.

  4. There is a program called the Choice Program that allows vets to see a private provider if he has to travel a long distance or cannot get an appointment within 6 months. This only applies to service connected problems. The problem for new vets is the long wait time for a first appointment and the VA dragging their feet rating the vets injury. That can literally go on for months and years.

  5. "She actually thinks that the Veterans Health Administration is well run – that’s because she has been part of the rigged system."

    Crooked Hillary.

    Rigged System.

    Good that he is connecting Hillary to all of the corruption in the system no matter what.

    I am also certain that someone somewhere will complain that Trump has not addressed "XXXX Whatever" concern and thus is a failure doomed to fail.

    -Mikey NTH

  6. Past time for this to happen.

  7. Trump is a bureaucratic thinker when he thinks at all. There is only one cure for the VA Hospitals. Shut them all and grant veterans the same coverage in the regional and local hospitals close to where the entitled veterans live. (I say "entitled" because some of us have been told that we made too much money.)The service will be cheaper and the bureaucrats are off the payroll. Why is it so difficult to privatize.

    But this is a congressional decision to make, not a presidential authority thingy. If trump doesn't understand smaller government , heree is a good lesson for him.

    1. I disagree. VA hospitals offer not only support from other comrades-in-arms who have had similar experiences, but specialized care for service-related injuries that many local hospitals cannot provide.

    2. I would also add that the present does have quite a lot of power vis-vis the VA because it is part of the executive branch. So while Trump would need Congressional authorization for some of his proposed chances, others could be done by the Secretary of the VA.

  8. Nice, but not all Veterans have access to VA. I have been denied because I and my wife make too much money. I really didn't plan on using the VA for my health care, except for hearing aids. I got a ruling that yes I have a service connected hearing loss but no I can't get VA card. Always a catch 22 isn't there.

  9. get rid of the public employee unions and that will help enable the removal of poor performers.