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  • New committees in the VA Senate under Republican control

    09/19/2014 1:07:34 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    Where in the World is Russ Potts? By Chris Freund September 19, 2014 The new Republican majority in the state Senate quickly went to work reorganizing committees while in town for the special session on the budget and Medicaid. Of course, those who’ve been paying attention may remember the battles over committee makeup when Republicans took over the Senate with then LG Bill Bolling casting the tie breaking vote, only to see a reversal of fortune in January when Democrats took control with LG Ralph Northam. Bad blood has been flowing between the two caucuses ever since, so the changes...
  • Statement of Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell on HR566

    09/18/2014 4:02:39 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 6 replies
    From an email
    Statement of House Speaker William J. Howell on HR566 RICHMOND, VA - Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Thursday on the passage of House Resolution 566: "Today the House of Delegates passed HR566, a resolution authorizing the Speaker to employ legal counsel to defend the laws and Constitution of the Commonwealth, as well as protect the responsibilities, authority and prerogatives of the House of Delegates. "I am deeply concerned by Attorney General Herring's refusal to defend the laws and Constitution of the Commonwealth. His actions represent a dangerous threat to separation of powers...
  • VA Letter of Revocation of Second Amendment Rights

    09/18/2014 4:53:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This image of a VA letter revoking second amendment rights based on PTSD diagnosis appears to be legitimate.   I do not recall ever seeing this type of revocation being challenged in the courts.   As the decision is a bureaucratic one, not one that was made with due process through the courts, a challenge other than the appeal process might hold promise. The point here is that the VA should not have the power to unilaterally make this decision without court oversight.  The existence of an appeals process is not, in my opinion, sufficient due process.   I do not know...
  • At tense VA hearing, doctors link delay to patient death

    09/17/2014 10:32:45 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 17, 2014 | Heath Druzin
    Doctors say deaths, can be linked to delays. A starkly different view than the one painted by VA inspector general’s report. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., questioning of acting VA IG, Richard Griffin, about whether IG was corruptly influenced by VA officials.... Miller banged his gavel to stop acting shill Griffin's speel. “You want the truth?” Griffin, incredulously. "As a physician” Katherine Mitchell, I believe the OIG case review systematically overlooked relationships between delays and deaths. Mitchell, joined by VA doctor Samuel Foot. Foot, "VA IG’s office used a criminal activity, as damage control, rather than using it to get to...
  • VA Employees Arrested For Running Coke Ring Out Of VA Medical Center

    09/10/2014 4:58:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/10/14 | Tristyn Bloom
    Two Veterans Affairs Medical Center employees were arrested last week for using VA facilities to smuggle and deal cocaine, the Department of Justice recently announced. Robert Tucker and Erik Casiano had been using the U.S. Postal Service and the mailroom of a VA Medical Center in the Bronx to receive and distribute cocaine since “at least November 2013,” according to the press release. Tucker has worked for the VA since 1997, and in 2012 was promoted to supervisor of the Logistics Warehouse and Mail Center. Casiano, a pipefitter in the plumbing department, had worked for the center since 2012. All...
  • Records were falsified at Minneapolis VA, former workers say

    09/04/2014 9:10:40 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 4, 2014
    MINNEAPOLIS — Two former employees of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center allege they were pressured to falsify patient appointment dates and medical records to hide delays, a television station reported. In a report that aired Wednesday night, the ex-employees told KARE-TV that in some cases, they were told to falsify medical records by writing that patients had declined follow-up treatments when, in reality, they say the veterans had never been contacted. The former VA workers fear that patients' lives may be at risk because they say some cases involved suspected colon cancer. "Some of them were getting missed altogether," said...
  • VA clinic in Wasilla without doctors

    09/04/2014 6:29:52 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 19 replies
    The Veterans Affairs clinic in Wasilla is without doctors after the three physicians working under contract over the summer decided not to renew those. A nurse practitioner, who transferred from Anchorage last week, is now carrying the 1,000-patient caseload. The Mat-Su Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic is supposed to have two full-time doctors but has been down one since 2012. The last full-time doctor left in May, KTVA reported (http://bit.ly/1rxNG8o ). "There were three physicians at various times who had been selected to come work there and had dropped out for various reason or there were credentialing issues with...
  • Virginia Democrat indicted on sex charges over alleged relationship with minor

    08/29/2014 10:07:26 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 16 replies
    While the national media is busy convincing the American electorate that the Supreme Court ruled that no one can ever touch a birth control pill ever again because the GOP hates women, let me present to you a story that would be a national outrage emblematic of half the country’s values…if it involved a Republican.
  • Officials say missing pilot fatally injured

    08/29/2014 8:30:34 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 30 replies
    Officials say missing pilot fatally injured Posted: Aug 27, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Updated: Aug 29, 2014 1:18 AM EDT By Rachel Lucas, Digital Journalist - bio | email Officials have confirmed Thursday that the pilot in Wednesday's crash F-15C Eagle was fatally injured. No word on whether officials have found the pilot's body. The pilot's name is being withheld pending notification of family members.
  • Obama’s Speech To The American Legion Was Painfully Awkward [VIDEO]

    08/26/2014 3:44:57 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-26-14 | Brendan Bordelon
    It wasn’t exactly the roaring, adoring, campaign-style crowd President Barack Obama is accustomed to. On Tuesday, the president spoke to the American Legion’s national convention, facing a crowd of veterans deeply concerned about widespread corruption at the Veterans Administration and the resultant deaths of some veterans awaiting health care. So when Obama began by lecturing the veterans about cynicism and explaining his most recent foreign policy choices — instead of addressing the VA crisis — the audience clearly wasn’t pleased. Fox News cameras captured a sea of blank or frowning faces looking silently back at the president as he paused...
  • Tepid clapping greets unpopular Obama's VA speech at American Legion

    08/26/2014 1:00:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 106 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 26,, 2014 | David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor, MailOnline
    President Barack Obama faced a tough crowd on Tuesday – American military veterans – and fell flat on his applause lines as he failed to win over the American Legion's convention-goers.The 35-minute speech seemed to have reminded the audience of the stark divide between the White House's policy choices and the feelings of the men and women often called on to carry them out.A Virginia legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline that 'a small group of Obama's admirers – and there are some here – sat near the front and tried to generate applause for him...
  • VA: No proof that delays in care caused deaths at Phoenix hospital

    08/25/2014 11:14:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 25, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    The VA Inspector has been investigating the deaths for months and has now shared draft of his findings with Top Officials. The new VA Secretary McDonald said: "It is important to note" that while the report documents deficiencies in quality and substantial delays in care, OIG was unable to conclusively assert that the absence of quality or care directly caused the death of any these victims. This May, the inspector found that 1,700 veterans, waiting for primary care appointments at the Phoenix VA, did not show up on the wait list. An additional 1,800 will have to wait at three...
  • VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

    08/25/2014 9:48:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 108 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8/25/14 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays. Revelations that as many as 40 veterans died while awaiting care at the Phoenix VA hospital rocked the agency last spring, bringing to light scheduling problems and allegations of misconduct at other hospitals as well. The scandal led to the resignation of former VA Secretary...
  • Health impacts of Japan disaster relief (Fukushima/USS Reagan crew) **UPDATE**

    08/24/2014 6:29:46 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 2 replies
    multiple | 08/26/2014 | multiple
    Okay. I'm not sure how I missed the updates/reports other than the fact that they appear not to have been posted here at FR. Principal source link is the PDF report to Congress in regards to a prior post here:("Final Report to the Congressional Defense Committees in Response to the Joint Explanatory Statement Accompanying the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014, page 90, “Radiation Exposure” "). (link will open/download the PDF) An update on the USS Ronald Reagan crew lawsuit re their mysterious illnesses in the wake of Operation Tomodachi is here: ("USS Reagan Sailors’ Lawsuit Found ‘Lacking’ Nuclear Expert...
  • Fairfax County gets challenge on 14,500 DUAL REGISTERED voters

    08/22/2014 11:13:03 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 32 replies
    Vanity
    MEDIA CONTACT: Josh Baumgartner 703.766.4467 info@fairfaxgop.org The fight for the integrity of the election process and against election fraud took a big step forward Wednesday in Fairfax. The General Registrar for Fairfax County, Ms. Cameron Quinn, was presented with a challenge to the registration of over 14,500 voters in Fairfax County. The challenge was based upon information showing that those voters are registered to vote in both Fairfax County and Maryland. The challenge was made by Mr. Reagan George, President of the Virginia Voters Alliance (VVA), on behalf of himself and three other residents of Fairfax County, under the provisions...
  • Vets seeking care died in VA limbo

    08/19/2014 8:02:59 AM PDT · by Freeport · 5 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Aug. 15, 2014 | Brad Schrade
    In 2010, the Veterans Administration rolled out a new online application that promised the nation’s veterans a quick, easy way to access one of the chief benefits of military service: enrollment in the VA’s vast network of hospitals and health care facilities. Veterans across the country responded. In fact, the online system did the opposite of what it promised, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found. Instead of making it easier and faster to apply for benefits, the online system sent some veterans who used it into administrative limbo where their applications received no action, delaying their access to...
  • While Vets Died, VA Wasted $400 Million on Green Energy

    08/15/2014 11:11:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Front page ^ | August 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    the insane ways that the VA focused on solar energy and wind towers over vets. Three years before Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would be forced out of his job because of the veterans who had died under him, he visited the Massachusetts National Cemetery. He wasn’t there to see the men and women who had died because of him. While vets were dying, Obama and Shinseki had turned their attention to something truly important; seeing to it that all the cemeteries where they were being buried had wind or solar power. ... The cemetery turbine had cost $533,000....
  • Breaking: Obama VA Is Trolling Veteran Community For Gun Owners

    08/13/2014 4:58:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 67 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/13/14 | Jim Hoft
    The Obama VA may be running a back door gun registry under the guise of a “free gun lock” program. A Progressives Today reader sent in this letter they received with the following worrisome comment attached: Is this a backdoor way of the VA attempting to create a gun registry on vets? I think it is… (Click to enlarge) Dear Veteran:The James E. Van Zandt VA Medial Center is extending the opportunity to request free gun locks to the Veterans we serve. We are providing this opportunity because, as your partner in health care, we are committed to keeping you...
  • Records show Obama met just once with Shinseki during VA scandal (day Shinseki resigned)

    08/08/2014 10:44:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 8, 2014 | Mike Emanuel
    President Obama touted the newly passed Veterans Affairs reform bill Thursday as he signed the measure into law and lamented the scandal that triggered it. But a review of records by Fox News shows the president – despite the urgency he placed publicly on the crisis – only met one-on-one with then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki once during the scandal. The records, provided through a Freedom of Information Act request, showed they met on May 30, the day Shinseki resigned.
  • As Investigation Continues, VA Has Told Congress More Than A Few Whoppers

    08/05/2014 9:49:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/5/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) misled Congress on the number of veteran deaths in its health care system, adding to a growing list of untruths that VA has told congressmen trying to investigate the scandal-plagued department. The House Committee on Veterans Affairs, chaired by Republican Rep. Jeff Miller, is the latest victim of VA’s dishonesty. VA provided the committee an April 7, 2014 fact sheet purporting to show all of the cases of delays and preventable veteran deaths it oversaw in its gastrointestinal care in the last fifteen years. “As a result of the consult delay issue VA discovered...
  • VA Healthcare System: Your Opinion.

    08/05/2014 5:35:09 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    vanity
    I' m an old Freeper just getting into the VA healthcare system in Eugene, Oregon. Today's first appt went great. Met my PCP, she gave me a free blood pressure monitor to keep a log. And my monthly prescriptions prices are lower (I don't have any other insurance). I am impressed so far. Look forward to future visits.
  • Despite 40 deaths, VA chief 'still on payroll' 'The rot at that institution is just

    08/04/2014 1:43:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    wnd ^ | 8/4/14 | Greg Corombos
    A leading veterans group is hailing two key provisions of the proposed Veterans Affairs reform bill as critical to improving care for our nation’s heroes but warns that spending needs to be controlled and oversight must be even more intense to make sure positive changes are really happening. A spokesman for the group also tells WND the director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System – which made headlines when 40 veterans died while reportedly waiting for appointments – is still on the federal payroll with an annual salary of $170,000. Over the weekend, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman...
  • For whistleblowers, a bold move can be followed by one to department basement

    08/04/2014 9:51:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-4-14 | David A. Fahrentold
    PHOENIX — On her 71st workday in the basement, Paula Pedene had something fun to look forward to. She had an errand to run, up on the first floor. “Today, I get to go get the papers. Exciting!” she said. “I get to go upstairs and, you know, see people.” The task itself was no thrill: Retrieve the morning’s newspapers and bring them back to the library of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital. The pleasure was in the journey. Down a long, sunlit hallway. Back again, seeing friends in the bustle of the hospital’s main floor. Then, Pedene got back...
  • VA: Clerk Shoots one of two Robbery Suspects

    07/30/2014 12:40:00 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On Monday, 28 July, a robbery was attempted at a Chesapeake, Virgina Exxon station.      It wasn't the first time.   The reporter stated that it was the second robbery at the station this month.   The robber displayed "a dark colored handgun".   As the robber was leaving the store, the clerk fired several shots. At first, it was not clear if any of the shots had connected.  Then, 35 minutes after the holdup,  19 year old Terry Graves checked into Maryview Hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.   His picture is shown above.  From wavy.com:  Investigators confirmed...
  • AG Mark Herring is giddy over court ruling for homosexual marriage in VA (BARF ALERT)

    07/29/2014 12:25:12 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 23 replies
    email from Herring
    Friend– HUGE NEWS: Today, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed what so many of us know to be true: "Virginia's same-sex marriage bans impermissibly infringe on its citizens' fundamental right to marry." By upholding the constitutional rights of all Virginia families, the Court has joined many Virginians—and Americans—in supporting true equality. Click here to join me now in hailing the Court’s decision to agree that it's time to put us on the right side of the law and history. When I took office, we faced a court date in just a few weeks and had to decide whether...
  • VA Officials Will Get Millions of Dollars in Bonuses Under House-Senate Agreement

    07/29/2014 9:14:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/29/14 | Pete Kasperowicz
    A House-Senate agreement on how to reform the broken Department of Veterans Affairs will let the VA hand out up to $360 million in bonuses to its employees each year, even though the House voted just weeks ago to strip all VA bonuses through 2016. The compromise bill announced Monday by the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees says VA bonuses will be capped at $360 million annually for the next ten years. But that cap is just 10 percent below the $400 million in bonuses the VA has distributed in recent fiscal years, and will allow...
  • Veteran Claims He Was Locked Inside VA Clinic By Himself For Hours

    07/23/2014 4:31:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | July 23, 2014
    A veteran is extremely disappointed with the Veterans Administration after he says he was locked inside a community clinic for hours on Monday. Jeffrey Duck explained that he arrived at the clinic located on South Volusia Ave. at 1 p.m. as a “walk in” patient. The Marine veteran sat in a consultation room for more than three hours before he realized he was the only one left in the building. “I was apparently left there and forgotten,” Duck told WKMG. Duck began taking video of him walking around the lobby with his cellphone to show that he wasn’t trying to...
  • VA, News Media Fail America's Fukushima First Responders

    07/23/2014 8:04:25 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | July 23, 2014 | Kelli Serio
    It’s been more than three years since the Fukushima disaster, in which an earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the Fukushima region of Japan and significantly damaged its nuclear power plant. *******snip***** Once the demand for news from Japan waned, however, little follow-up ever occurred in the media to those stories being told days after the tsunami struck, particularly those of American first responders. The USS Ronald Reagan responded almost immediately to the tsunami disaster. The carrier, reports in 2013 noted, may have coasted through a radiation plume. Photos of bizarrely foamy snow aboard the ship began to circulate in some...
  • Man Considers Suing City of Portsmouth After Unannounced Cops Tried Entering His Home

    07/18/2014 10:07:30 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 29 replies
    OpposingViews ^ | July 16, 2014 | Lina Batarags
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. – When a man heard noises in his backyard and heard the back door handle click, he ushered his family upstairs, grabbed his gun and prepared to defend himself. Brandon Watson remembers his wife seeing “guys in all black” approaching the house; when he couldn’t immediately find a phone to call 911, he instead ran back downstairs with his legally purchased gun. Watson recalls warning the intruders, “Who is that? I have a gun,” and immediately finding “two red laser beams” trained on his chest. He then fired a warning shot through a window, and ran across the...
  • One of the ‘Important People’

    07/17/2014 9:06:27 AM PDT · by opentalk · 6 replies
    Washinton Free Beacon ^ | July 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    FEATURE: This is what happens when a reporter tries to make an OBGYN appointment with Eric Holder’s wifeI was told the OBGYN practice where the wives of two prominent Democrats are partners reserves its morning appointments for “important people.” It was an intriguing claim, especially given the fact that Foxhall OB/GYN Associates does not accept Medicaid even as the office is being used as a prop in a Democrat’s congressional campaign.I decided to investigate. Could I get a morning appointment? Was I one of the “important people”? After an awkward 15-minute conversation with the office manager, it turned out I...
  • Acting head of VA says agency needs $17.6 billion to fix problems

    07/16/2014 8:20:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/16/2014 | REBECCA BRATEK
    The Department of Veterans Affairs needs $17.6 billion in additional funds over the next three years to meet patients’ needs and fix the troubled agency’s problems, its acting director said Wednesday. Testifying for the first time on Capitol Hill, interim VA Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that the money would help VA medical centers decrease appointment waiting times and hire more doctors. But the request divided lawmakers. Democrats, including Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, supported the appeal, while Republicans, including Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska, questioned whether VA care would improve if it received additional funding....
  • Horror! Dying NY Vets Denied Painkillers – Given Salt Water Instead

    07/16/2014 2:48:49 PM PDT · by blueyon · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    Another day, another VA tragedy. An Albany nurse claims dying New York Veterans were denied painkillers. Instead they were given salt water mixtures. Valerie Riviello, a nurse at the Albany Stratton VA medical center, claims that fellow employees had reported to her that dying veterans were denied painkillers such as morphine to ease their pain. Instead, they were given salt water mixtures. Riviello told the Times Union: Among stories that nurse Valerie Riviello has heard from other employees at the Albany VA is one about dying patients who were supposed to receive morphine to alleviate pain, but instead got a...
  • Mark Warner rallies Virginians against Hobby Lobby ruling (BARF ALERT)

    07/16/2014 11:48:58 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 11 replies
    From an email
    Breaking: Partisan gridlock blocks Hobby Lobby bill. Friend, This afternoon, Republicans in the Senate filibustered the bill that would undo the impacts of the recent Hobby Lobby decision. This bill would have ensured that employers can't stand between a woman and her doctor and protected the rights of all employees to have access to basic health care. This partisan gridlock is outrageous. We deserve to have a real debate on this bill, and it deserves to have a vote. Nearly 20,000 supporters like you have added their name demanding action. The momentum is with us to fix this. Today’s filibuster...
  • What Happened to This Wheelchair-Bound Veteran in a Lowe’s Store Is the Best Thing You’ll Read Today

    07/14/2014 3:07:27 PM PDT · by montag813 · 16 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-14-2014 | Gina Cassini
    Above: Employees of the nightshift at Lowe’s in Staten Island, New York - David, Marcus and Souleyman - get to work.by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsVeteran Michael Sulsona had been waiting on a new wheelchair from the VA for years. But as with so many vets suffering under scandalous conditions in the VA system, he got nowhere. His wheelchair was rickety and always seemed on the verge of collapse. Then one day it did exactly that-- right when he was shopping in a Staten Island-area Lowe's. But what happened next That’s when three strangers stepped right in to help...
  • VA offices in Baltimore and Philadelphia hid claims, mail

    07/14/2014 12:27:13 PM PDT · by DFG · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/14/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The VA scandal continues to unfold, although primarily through local and regional reporting, demonstrating that the issues of corruption and bureaucratic fraud go beyond just wait lists. Today, Congress will make public the testimony from an Inspector General agent, and it’s not pretty. The IG found that mail and claims were hidden in two separate VA systems, and in Philadelphia the postmarks go back to 2011, and claims were redated to hide their age:
  • After An Injured Vet Waits 2 Years For A Wheelchair, These Lowe’s Employees Do What The VA Won’t

    07/14/2014 9:22:41 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 32 replies
    IJReview ^ | 7/14/14 | Caroline Schaeffer
    Veteran Michael Sulsona had been waiting on a new wheelchair from the VA for years. After receiving no help, his broke down inside a Lowe’s. That’s when three strangers stepped in to help.
  • THE WORST PRESIDENT?

    07/13/2014 5:27:06 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 49 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 7/12/2014 | David M. Shribman
    Wow. A reputable poll shows that the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II. Worse than Richard M. Nixon, driven from the presidency by Watergate? Much. Worse than Jimmy Carter, for decades the very symbol of the feckless chief executive? Loads. Worse than George W. Bush, still a lightning rod on the left and a symbol of disappointment on the right? Definitely. These startling poll results set loose the predictable reaction: A flurry of told-you-so nods on the right and a fusillade of this-tells-us-nothing assertions on the left. For once, they're both right. Obama is...
  • Sen. Mark Warner attacks Hobby Lobby for denying "basic health care" (BARF ALERT)

    07/11/2014 4:10:08 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 19 replies
    email from Warner campaign
    Friend, Add your name today! I was very troubled by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The idea that for-profit corporations can stand in the way of employees accessing basic health care is outrageous. That’s why I’m supporting legislation that would reverse the negative consequences of the Hobby Lobby case. But it’s going to take all of us working together to ensure it passes. Will you join me in calling on Congress to undo the effects of the Hobby Lobby decision? Let me be very clear: a woman should be trusted to make her own healthcare...
  • Meet the Impeachment Crowd: 6 Republicans Who Want Obama Out

    07/11/2014 9:07:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jul 10, 2014, 2:45 PM ET | ERIN DOOLEY and SCOTT WILSON
    Has President Obama’s use of the “pen and phone” to circumvent Congress gotten out of hand? Some members of the GOP seem to think so. [...] a mounting chorus of Republicans are calling for impeachment. Here’s a list of the high-profile Republicans who want to kick the president out of office:
  • TheDC Uncovers Another VA Backlog: Months Of Neglected Medical Records

    07/11/2014 10:01:53 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 3 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | July 10, 2014 | Michael Volpe
    The Memphis VA Medical Center has yet another medical records backlog, The Daily Caller has learned — this one estimated at three to five months long. According to the whistleblower, who provided the photo of this second set of medical records piling up at the Memphis VA Medical Center, the individual responsible for scanning in these records is Carnell Clark, an employee at the facility who is currently busy helping to catch up on a backlog TheDC exposed in June. Sandra Glover, the spokeswoman for the Veteran Integrated Services Network 9, told TheDC the records are for “Intensive Care Unit...
  • Great news: VA overpaying misclassified workers by millions … and can’t fix it

    07/11/2014 7:33:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The VA’s defenders insist that the wait-list scandal demonstrates a need for better funding, but how does the agency ensure that its current funding levels are used efficiently? After all, the VA has seen a 78% increase in funding over the last six budget cycles, and its budget has grown more on a percentage basis than any other Cabinet-level agency during that time. All of that cash got used properly and effectively, right?Wrong. Huffington Post’s David Wood does solid work in analyzing a recent audit of the VA, which found that as many as 13,000 employees have been misclassified...
  • ‘All he needed was help,’ friends say of Iraqi war vet killed in incident with KC police

    07/09/2014 6:11:02 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | June 3 | TONY RIZZO
    Issac Sims left Iraq alive, but not unscathed. The lingering effects of a serious head injury and the emotional trauma wrought by the sights and sounds of war never left him. On Sunday, with the demons of untreated post-traumatic stress disorder roiling his mind, Sims grabbed a rifle and started firing off shots in and outside his family’s modest home on Kansas City’s East Side. ******* Officers summoned tactical teams to surround the area. After a standoff of about five hours, police said, Sims emerged and pointed the rifle at officers. They fired. And Sims was dead at the age...
  • WARNING: Eight EHR Hazards (electronic health records)

    07/09/2014 3:15:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    CCHFREEDOM.ORG ^ | 7-9-14 | Twila Brase
    There's triple trouble with electronic health records: patient safety, medical privacy, and data security. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. England has already tried and failed. The National Health Service, which serves a population of 53 million, began building a national EHR system in 2002. By 2007, it missed key deadlines. In 2011, the $20 billion...
  • Obama fixes the VA crisis by posting Gay Pride posters!

    07/09/2014 6:20:46 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/9/14 | Ben Johnson
    As the death toll at the nation's VA hospitals continues to mount, the Obama administration has shown that it is not completely incapable of changing the insides of those facilities. According to an e-mail from a dentist in the scandal-plagued department, the hospitals could not see veteran patients on time or effectively care for them, but they managed to promote gay, bisexual, and transgender political issues last month. The Catholic group TFP Student Action received this e-mail: I am a dentist at the VA [U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs] in (name withheld). Yesterday as I was leaving work, I noticed...
  • VA Pressed to Take Back Senior Staff Bonuses Over Scandal

    07/08/2014 11:23:37 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 8, 2014 | Drew MacKenzie
    The Department of Veteran Affairs is coming under mounting pressure from Democrats and Republicans to take back bonuses for senior staff who were in charge at VA medical centers when appointment times were falsified to cover up treatment delays for patients, The Washington Post reported. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller said the VA secretary has the authority "to rescind these bonuses" within a year after they were paid. "I am calling on him to take this action where he deems appropriate," said Miller, a Florida Republican. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/VA-veterans-bonuses-hospitals/2014/07/08/id/581433#ixzz36u25oGwt Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed?...
  • Whistleblower alleges VA benefit application purge

    07/07/2014 4:55:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | June 29, 2014
    Federal investigators are probing a whistleblower's allegations that applications for veterans seeking health care benefits may have been improperly purged from the VA's Health Eligibility Center in suburban Atlanta. Eligibility Center program specialist Scott Davis .. that health benefit applications for more than 10,000 veterans may have been improperly purged from ... Davis said the VA placed him on paid administrative leave after he filed the complaints
  • Vet dies waiting 30 minutes for ambulance from hospital five minutes away

    07/04/2014 5:57:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/04/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    <p>While it is just a tragic anecdote, the latest story surrounding the chronic and too often fatal inefficiency of Veterans Affairs hospitals is illustrative of a much larger problem.</p> <p>“A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria, 500 yards from the emergency room, died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance,” the Associated Press reported on Thursday. “Officials at the hospital Thursday confirmed it took a half an hour for the ambulance to be dispatched and take the man from one building to the other, which is about a five minute walk.”</p>
  • VA employees switched to processing ACA applications

    07/03/2014 6:18:46 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    hot air ^ | july 3, 2014 | bruce mcquain
    In another indicator of how low a priority veterans have with this administration, a whistleblower in Atlanta has revealed that VA employees were switched from processing VA applications to those of the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare.
  • VA Employees Switched from Processing VA Applications to Obamacare Applications

    07/03/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 51 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | July 3 2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    "...we actually put incoming applications aside so we could focus on the ACA related applications that came in over last summer."
  • VA medical inspector retires amid criticism of response to whistleblower complaints

    07/03/2014 1:17:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7/3/14 | Mandy Nagy
    The head of the Office of the Medical Inspector for Veterans Affairs has retired, just over a week after a scathing letter and report criticized that office for failing to adequately respond to complaints from whistleblowers and downplaying the severity of problems at some VA facilities. (Snip)Pierce had come to the VA as Deputy Medical Inspector in January 2002 and served as Medical Inspector since November of 2004, according to his VA bio. He served on active duty for thirty years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. A letter and report sent to the White House last Monday by Carolyn