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Veterans Administration Lied to Congress about Vet’s Deaths


The Veterans Administration needs to be privatized and the people who are running the hospitals and the bureaucrats need to be air dropped into Mosul.  We’ve heard about and reported on, repeatedly, how administrators kept “off the books” lists of seriously ill veterans so they could magically schedule them in the 15 day window that the VA considers “standard.”

U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Ceme...Here’s what the VA reported to Congress.

A Department of Veterans Affairs “fact sheet” told Congress and the public in April that the agency reviewed 250 million medical consultations, dating back to 1999, and found 76 veterans seriously harmed by treatment delays for gastrointestinal cancers. Of them, 23 died.

You’d think that means that over the 15 years from 1999 through today, only 23 vets died because of the treatment delays related to administrators maximizing their bonuses.  You’d think.  But then again, this is the Veterans Administration.

Here’s what the VA didn’t say: Its report included only cases involving veterans harmed in fiscal years 2010 and 2011, according to interviews and documents obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. Not one of those 23 deaths occurred before 2010.

Oh, it was only for two years.

Probably just a “speako,” right?  Ummm, not so much.

“They tried to misdirect Congress and the American people away from the facts,” said Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Pensacola, the committee’s chairman. “I think they got caught and now they are trying to modify their story. . . . The misdirection was, in fact, designed in Washington.”

Oh.  Well, at least they’ve been caught and now they’re appropriately contrite.  Right?

“I could apologize for any misinterpretation of the fact sheet,” [VA’s special assistant for clinical operations, Dr. Gavin] West said.

After the Times pressed West about why the fact sheet had incorrect years, VA spokeswoman Gina Jackson interrupted: “Is this really the most important question that you have that you want to address? Because it just seems to me it is a misunderstanding of the way the fact sheet is labeled. Am I missing something here?”

Mary Kay Hollingsworth, another VA spokeswoman, later said, “I really don’t think the contents of the fact sheet are something that Dr. West should respond to.

OK, not so much.

The Veterans Administration and the IRS are the archetype of arrogance.  We’re hoping for Karma, and soon, for both.


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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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