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Friday, June 06, 2014

Senators on Thursday announced a bipartisan deal on legislation aimed at improving veterans healthcare in response to reports of Veterans Affairs employees falsifying records to conceal long waits for medical appointments. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced the agreement from the Senate floor as a group of senators headed to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing. The agreement would allow veterans facing long waits at VA facilities to seek care from private doctors, expand the VA secretary's authority to fire or demote staff for poor performance, establish 26 new VA health facilities in 18 states, including California, and provide $500 million for hiring of new VA doctors and nurses.

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"The proposed legislation also would extend college education benefits to the spouses of service members killed in the line of duty and guarantee in-state tuition for veterans at public colleges and universities. It also would establish a commission of experts to examine the VA healthcare system and recommend improvements

The legislation could clear the Senate by the end of next week. But this being an election year, nothing is certain, even on veterans' care, an issue that traditionally enjoys bipartisan support."

"Bernie Sanders and John McCain?? That's two Sosh'lists!!" - The TP

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-05 04:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

The agreement would allow veterans facing long waits at VA facilities to seek care from private doctors, expand the VA secretary's authority to fire or demote staff for poor performance

Honestly I didn't think you democrats had it in you. There must be some real stinker hidden somewhere.

#2 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-05 04:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

for panny.

#3 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-06-06 03:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

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#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-06-06 03:07 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

$500 million for hiring of new VA doctors and nurses.

Wondering how much of the money Ted Cruz wasted meaninglessly shutting down the government could have helped the VA.

Well, one has to have priorities I guess.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2014-06-06 09:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

Let me guess. It all came down to funding...which the GOP has been constantly denying them.

The problems at the VA are directly because of Congress. This whole episode has been an attempt to deflect the blame from where it belonged all along.

Congress's lap.

Too bad we had to sacrifice another Veteran to get some action on this.
Secretary Shinseki is good man. A wounded Vet himself. he deserved better from us.

America really should be ashamed how it treats it's Veterans.

Now. are we going also to fire or or at least disincline any of those middle managers who falsified government documents to cover up their inability to meet those unrealistic and unfunded goals set by Congress? Some of which they actual got awards and bonuses for?

If nothing else they need to return those bonuses that they got by fraudulent means.

Maybe after the GOTP is done kicking dragging that other veteran and his family through the political muck they can get Fox News properly outraged and draw our attention to that?

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-06 07:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Let me guess. It all came down to funding...which the GOP has been constantly denying them. " - DonnerBoy

Please, 8% increases YtY....... 9% YtY under Bush

It is a management problem, no I am not blaming Obama, but its typical government redtape.

ChiefCutAndPaste has a litany of problems with the VA, of course he didn't link it. But the problems are systemic, having to do with incentives.

Schools, Military, HealthCare, aren't better because of money....

Just "Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for" - Will Rogers

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-06-06 08:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

One of my senators--Rob Portman--has said that more money will not fix the VA. I guess he would know since he is rich...

#8 | Posted by catdog at 2014-06-07 08:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

'Let me guess. It all came down to funding...which the GOP has been constantly denying them.'

Since 2005 the VA budget was increased by 40%, yet the wait time to see a provider went from 18 days in '05 to over 100 days now. If money is the answer how come the number of days waiting increased as they should have decreased with a 40% increase. No, when it comes to govt bureaucracy, money is not always the answer though it is always purported to be. Just look at the monies spend on education now vs the 1970s, yet little change in outcome.

Government is the problem, not the answer.

#9 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-06-07 05:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

Rethugs are the problem, not the answer. Its a good bet they will kill any attempt to fund the VA. They control the purse strings.

#10 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-07 07:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

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