Advisers tell Obama ‘significant and chronic systemic failures’ at VA still not addressed


Top advisers told President Obama Friday that there are “significant and chronic systemic failures” in the veterans’ healthcare system that are yet to be addressed by the administration.

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson and presidential assistant Rob Nabors told Mr. Obama in an Oval Office meeting that a “corrosive culture” and poor management at the VA has sapped employee morale and contributed to delayed services for veterans. Their preliminary recommendations call for reforming the veterans’ health care system instead of scrapping it.

Mr. Obama ordered the review after news reports this spring revealed that thousands of veterans at a VA clinic in Phoenix had their health-care services delayed and that managers kept a phony list to suggest veterans were receiving prompt care.

Since then, the probe has expanded nationwide, and the scope of the problems has grown. Amid the burgeoning scandal, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • bamashades says:

    getting good healthcare after getting into VA isnt any good either, my
    brother got in in 2008, they said he had COPD for 4 years and denied him a
    coloscopy, he got so sick that he went to local ER, they did a colonscopy and
    found tumor full of cancer, 6 weeks he was dead. all they had to do was listen,
    but they were the ones that knew it all, i have had colon cancer, our father had
    colon cancer, we begged for one and they said no, his lungs might fail come to
    find out he didnt even need oxygen after they took the cancer out, his last 4
    years were spent on oxygen 24/7, i want the VA closed down, give us a credit
    card, let us choose our own healthcare, it will save money and and we can get
    the healthcare we deserve, the VA has cancer, its called the unions, humans were
    not made to have a good work ethic and can never be fired.

  • WiSe GuY says:

    0bama is too busy with helping terrorists, by aiding the enemy, to care about American Veterans.

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