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1 Skip Intro  May 12, 2014 7:32:43pm

So just how bad is the VA? FYI, the VA was elevated to Cabinet status back in the 1980s by Saint Ronnie of Reagan.

“Patients routinely rank the veterans system above the alternatives, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.” In 2008, the VHA got a satisfaction rating of 85 for inpatient treatment, compared with 77 for private hospitals. In the same report the VHA outpatient care scored 3 points higher than for private hospitals.[15]

“As compared with the Medicare fee-for-service program, the VA performed significantly better on all 11 similar quality indicators for the period from 1997 through 1999. In 2000, the VA outperformed Medicare on 12 of 13 indicators.” [16]

A study that compared VHA with commercial managed care systems in their treatment of diabetes patients found that in all seven measures of quality, the VHA provided better care.[17]

A RAND Corporation study in 2004 concluded that the VHA outperforms all other sectors of American health care in 294 measures of quality; Patients from the VHA scored significantly higher for adjusted overall quality, chronic disease care, and preventive care, but not for acute care.[13]

A 2009 Congressional Budget Office report on the VHA found that “the care provided to VHA patients compares favorably with that provided to non-VHA patients in terms of compliance with widely recognized clinical guidelines — particularly those that VHA has emphasized in its internal performance measurement system. Such research is complicated by the fact that most users of VHA’s services receive at least part of their care from outside providers.” [6]

A Harvard Medical School-led study shows that cancer care provided by the Veterans Health Administration for men 65 years and older is at least as good as, and by some measures better than, Medicare-funded fee-for-service care obtained through the private sector.[18]

I realize that this data was collected before the evil Muslim usurper took over personal control of the VA so he could review every case and select who should die, just like he’s doing now with all of the enrollees in the ACA, so maybe Congressman Wingnug has a point.

2 nines09  May 12, 2014 7:42:03pm

Here’s the story. What is not mentioned by this piece of shit is not one single solitary Republican member of ANYTHING voted to increase funding and benefit increases for Veterans. But yet this bag of offal will lie and wipe shit on the ACA just to powder his wig and demonize The POTUS as a dictator. An upright pile of fetid entrails posing as a man. Jackal waving a flag. Star Spangled Shit. Same as the Nam vets got. Got shit.

3 Skip Intro  May 12, 2014 7:49:31pm

George W. Bush loved him some vets, you betcha.

Bush Administration underfunded veterans’ health care by $2 billion.

The Bush Administration’s 2004 budget underfunded veterans’ health care by nearly $2 billion. (“Vets Health Low on Bush’s Priority List,” The Hill, September 17, 2003; “Support for Troops Questioned,” Washington Post, June 17, 2003; U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, September 2002)

Bush Administration budget cuts force more than 200,000 veterans to wait for health care.

Over 200,000 United States veterans have to wait more than six months for a medical visit because of health care shortages. (“VA Health Care Funding Alert,” Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Press Release, January 31, 2003)

Bush Administration cuts $1.5 billion from military family housing.

The Bush Administration cut $1.5 billion for military family housing, despite Department of Defense statistics showing that in 83,000 barracks and 128,860 family housing units across the country are below standard. (“Nothing But Lip Service,” Army Times, June 30, 2003; “House Appropriations Committee Approves $59.2 Million for Ft. Hood,” U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards Press Release, June 17, 2003)

Bush Republicans support millionaires instead of military veterans.

Bush allies in Congress stopped efforts to scale back the tax cut for the nation’s millionaires by just five percent - a loss of just $4,780 for the year - in order to restore this funding for military family housing. (“The Tax Debate Nobody Hears About,” Washington Post, June 17, 2003)

Walter Reed Army Medical Center neglect scandal

The Washington Post published a series of articles beginning February 18, 2007, outlining cases of neglect at Walter Reed reported by wounded soldiers and their family members.[1] Although the article focused primarily on Building 18, a former hotel building just outside the post’s main gates, authors Dana Priest and Anne Hull also included complaints about “disengaged clerks, unqualified platoon sergeants and overworked managers” that make navigating the already complicated bureaucracy to obtain medical care at WRAMC even more daunting. Although Army officials claimed to be surprised at these conditions, a series beginning in January 2005 had previously exposed them.[2] In 2004 and 2005, articles appeared in the Post and in Salon interviewing First Lt. Julian Goodrum about his court martial for seeking medical care elsewhere due to poor conditions at WRAMC.[3][4]

4 aagcobb  May 12, 2014 8:36:10pm
Fleming suggested that “this is the type of thing you would see with Obamacare, a centralized system, when you have the president making all of the decisions.”

That’s right; eight million enrollees in God only knows how many different insurance plans across fifty states and DC, and the President is going to personally either approve or deny (mostly deny while cackling gleefully) every single claim. You betcha. Every time you think the GOP has hit bottom, you find out there is no bottom; the party is in free-fall.

5 sizzzzlerz  May 13, 2014 6:37:59am

I’ve been wondering whether these shitstains believe the garbage they spew or if they say things like this to maintain their position on the arms race to see who can say the most outrageous things about Obama. I like to believe its the latter but I’m not so sure anymore. In any case, it makes for the most poisoned political environment that we’ve ever had and the ramifications are just beginning to be seen.

6 Skip Intro  May 13, 2014 7:46:36am

re: #5 sizzzzlerz

I’ve been wondering whether these shitstains believe the garbage they spew or if they say things like this to maintain their position on the arms race to see who can say the most outrageous things about Obama. I like to believe its the latter but I’m not so sure anymore. In any case, it makes for the most poisoned political environment that we’ve ever had and the ramifications are just beginning to be seen.

Roger Ailes’ creation Rush Limbaugh has been doing it for over 20 years now, and he’s been successful. Same goes for Roger Ailes’ Fox News.

While it’s disgusting and devastating to the country as a whole, it’s also no surprise the Republican Party has gone with such a successful strategy, and the hell with the long term consequences.

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