Obama Gets Mad as Heck at VA

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• Twenty-six VA hospitals are being investigated for "gaming strategies" that cover up extensive wait times for treatment, possibly resulting in premature deaths of veterans and unearned bonuses by administrators.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs (retired general) Eric Shinseki has directed the VA since 2009, "inheriting" hundreds of thousands of casualties from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

• "VA also has a long-standing problem with disability claims that have remained in the system for at least 125 days without a determination. The Obama administration has set a goal of eliminating that inventory by 2015. VA reported this year that it had reduced the amount by 44 percent since the number of claims reached a high of more than 600,000 in 2012." (Washington Post)

• For the first time in 70 years the American Legion has called for the VA leader's resignation, citing poor oversight. 

• The VA is "staffed largely by older veterans." (Time.com)

• President Obama has ordered an investigation before shaking things up.

• Watch Jon Stewart skewer the VA and Shinseki above — somewhat amusingly — for gaming the system and causing untold damage.

• "The longer the VA scandal stays in the public eye, the more we will hear arguments (from conservatives that) the VA should be broken up and its services privatized with federal regulations and subsidies replacing federal bureaucracies—creating a system much like the one contemplated by Obamacare." (Washington Monthly). 

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widen, and his orphan." — Abraham Lincoln

• "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan." — Abraham Lincoln

• Update 5.30.14: Shinseki resigns. Backstory @ http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2014/05/30/how-the-va-developed-its-culture-of-coverups/