November 10, 2014

VA Secretary: More Smoke and Mirrors

The former CEO of Procter & Gamble is clearing house and reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs after the wait-time scandal broke this year. VA Secretary Robert McDonald plans to fire up to 1,000 people, hire 28,000 more health care workers, and insists on calling the veterans who come to the VA “customers” as a sign of commitment to them, not the bureaucracy. Of the people who are expected to get the pink slip, “The report we’ve passed up to the Senate Committee and House Committee, has about 35 names on it. I’ve got another report that has over 1,000,” McDonald said. “We’re simplistically talking about people who violated our values.” And of those values, McDonald continued, “It’s integrity, it’s advocacy, it’s respect, it’s excellence. These are the things that we try to do for our veterans.” This is obviously smoke and mirrors. If Barack Obama was really interested in veterans’ health, he would not have pulled out of Iraq without a SOFA ahead of his 2012 election. More…

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