Great news for the White House, no? Sure, it shows they knowingly left sick and injured vets to languish in a Kafkaesque bureaucratic nightmare. In a sane world, that would be the last straw in sending Shinseki packing. But it also lets O share blame with the Bush administration, one of his favorite methods of damage control. …
Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting.
“This is not only a data integrity issue in which [Veterans Health Administration] reports unreliable performance data; it affects quality of care by delaying — and potentially denying — deserving veterans timely care,” the officials wrote…
The thing is, Obama didn’t care then, like he doesn’t care now. Remember, in 2008-2009, one of his first moves was a push to get veterans to pay for their war wounds with private insurance:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.
None of what’s going on at the Obama VA is any surprise to veterans who’ve been paying attention.
Of course he doesn’t care. He didn’t care then, he doesn’t care now. He equates registering with the selective service to actually being in the military, neither he nor anyone on his staff knows what a corpsman is or even how to say the word, and his first move was to make vets pay for their war wounds with their own insurance. He and the people he surrounds himself with loathe the military and the virtues it stands for.
This isn’t really a surprise.