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Monday, December 07, 2015

How do you end an endless war?

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Published on Oct 13, 2015: Watch the full version of the Meet the Author program featuring Andrew Bacevich at the Marines' Memorial Club on October 9, 2015.

Mr. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University.

He is the author of, "Breach of Trust : How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country", among other works. His latest book to be released in June 2016 is, "America's War for the Greater Middle East". read more


Saturday, November 28, 2015

America Is Too Dumb for TV News: Trump and others are proving it: we can't handle the truth.

Al Gore for instance never really recovered from saying, "I took the initiative in creating the Internet." True, he never said he invented the Internet, as is popularly believed, but what he did say was clumsy enough that the line followed him around like an STD for the rest of his (largely unsuccessful) political life.

That dynamic has broken down this election season. Politicians are quickly learning that they can say just about anything and get away with it. Along with vindication, apology and suffering, there now exists a fourth way forward for the politician spewing whoppers: Blame the backlash on media bias and walk away a hero. read more


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A little-noticed report by a trio of leading research groups found the Veterans Health Administration outperforms private sector health providers on several key measures.

A little-noticed recent report by three leading research groups found that on critical measures, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) consistently performs as well as and often better than private sector health-care providers.

The VHA does this with patients who are sicker, older, and poorer than many of their counterparts seen in the private sector. read more


Right-Wing Wreckage and Pack Journalism: In 2007, journalist Phillip Longman wrote a book on the VHA entitled Best Care Anywhere. In it, he demonstrated that our health-care delivery system for veterans (at least those who qualify for VHA services) is far better than Medicare and way better than private insurance -- and a better, more-comprehensive model for broader health-care reform than even a single-payer system.

But most readers of the daily press would find Longman's picture at odds with the story of the VHA recently depicted in the media.

That's because of one recent overblown scandal combined with the Republican scapegoating of a fine public system that they underfund -- and would love to privatize.

The real VHA story is ideological opposition by the right -- and clinical excellence despite chronic under-funding.


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@ White Devil

Here you go...

Independent 2013 Survey Shows Veterans Highly Satisfied with VA Care

www.va.gov

April 16, 2014 Independent 2013 Survey Shows Veterans Highly Satisfied with VA Care Higher rating than Private-Sector Hospitals on Average

WASHINGTON -- The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), an independent customer service survey, ranks the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) customer satisfaction among Veteran patients among the best in the nation and equal to or better than ratings for private sector hospitals.

The 2013 ACSI report assessed satisfaction among Veterans who have recently been patients of VA's Veterans Health Administration (VHA) inpatient and outpatient services.

ACSI is the nation's only cross-industry measure of customer satisfaction, providing benchmarking between the public and private sectors.


The reason the wait-time situation got so much air time in 2014 is because it was especially played up by the right-wing who want to eventually privatize the VA.

But then again, according to the above survey, veterans are happy with their VA healthcare.

The reason you oppose vouchers is that the VA knows most veterans would take them. "Hmmm ... I can go on a waiting list for a VA hospital out of town, or take a voucher to a hospital in my neighborhood. Gee. I dunno ..."

You don't support veterans. The reason they would take the vouchers is that the VA does NOT do a good job. But your big budgets depend on them being trapped, with no options.

#19 | POSTED BY WHITEDEVIL AT 2016-02-08 02:28 AM | REPLY | FLAG

Report: VA Outperforms Private Sector on Key Measures

prospect.org

SUZANNE GORDON NOVEMBER 20, 2015

A little-noticed recent report by three leading research groups found that on critical measures, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) consistently performs as well as and often better than private sector health-care providers. The VHA does this with patients who are sicker, older, and poorer than many of their counterparts seen in the private sector.

Despite recent public criticism of the VA for long patient wait times, the study found the VA is actually performing well on this measure.

To wit: "VA's reported wait times for new patient primary and specialty care are shorter than wait times reported in focused studies in the private sector."

For those who live in rural areas short on VA facilities, the report added that "expanding access to non-VA providers may help with routine or emergency room care, but not with advanced or specialized care." Nor would veterans living in these areas have better access to teaching or academic facilities.

Significantly, most of the clinical research studies summarized in the report were conducted before Congress allocated additional funds last year to hire more doctors and nurses and other staff, thereby improving access to and quality of VHA care...

Unfortunately, the VHA's better-than-average standard of care has received little notice in the news media and Capitol Hill.


Looks too me that the VA is doing a good job, and that some vets are too dense to know what is going on.

I'm a vet too. I would rather have a voucher that I can use to get cared for in a hospital of my choice, than take my chances with the bureaucrats at the VA who have killed thousands of veterans since 2008.

#55 | POSTED BY WHITEDEVIL AT 2016-02-07 11:31 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

You obviously don't know what you're talking about.

In 1999 the Institute of Medicine in its groundbreaking report 'To Err is Human' showed how as many as 98,000 Americans die EVERY YEAR from preventable medical errors. At last count, that number is now as many as 440,000 dead Americans annually in U.S. hospitals. Do the math from 1999 to today.

www.propublica.org

These deaths are happening in ALL hospitals. The fact that the VA is a public system having its mistakes aired publically also means that private healthcare systems keep their mistakes private.

Yet, healthcare studies continually point to the fact that VA healthcare outperforms private healthcare systems in quality, safety, and cost effectiveness.

Who are you going to believe, douchebag talking heads on TV, or doctors with PhD's who study all this?

In fact, I have a November issue of American Legion Magazine with an editorial speaking to the false implication that 307,000 veterans died while in pending status for VA healthcare.

I would like to think the American Legion is reputable for you to believe.

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