Once again, Barack Obama is entangled in another of his own web of lies, this time in connection with seven years of promises in front of Veteran groups that he would “cut those backlogs, slash those wait times and deliver your benefits.”
Three weeks ago, news broke that senior managers with the Department of Veterans Affairs across the nation have been, and are still, deliberately “cooking the books” to appear as if they were efficiently serving Veterans – and the deception has returned big productivity cash bonuses for those managers.
The number of Vets dying in wait lines has been on the rise since 2009, and their “commander in chief” had nothing to say about the matter for three weeks. Instead, he sent out his press secretary Jay Carney, who insisted that Obama “learned about [the scandal] through [news] reports” (a now-familiar refrain), and that the administration had no knowledge of these problems.
As noted at the time news broke about the VA managers' deception, the VA is a case study in failed government health care delivery – there is no effective way to implement accountability in these huge government bureaucracies. We noted also that the VA case study has significant implications for the future of ObamaCare and the Democrats' ultimate goal of central government managed distribution and delivery of health care services across our nation.
Finally this week, Obama took a break from his cross-country fundraising junkets to say a few words about Vets dying in line.
According to Obama: “We all know that it often takes too long for veterans to get the care that they need. That’s not a new development. … That’s why when I came into office I said we would systematically work to fix these problems and we have been working really hard to address them. … When I hear allegations of misconduct, any misconduct, whether it’s allegations of VA staff covering up long wait times or cooking the books, I will not stand for it – not as commander in chief, but also not as an American. None of us should. So, if these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it – period. … Taking care of veterans and their families has been one of the causes of my presidency.”
Apparently, “taking care of veterans and their families” has not been “one of the causes,” whatever that really means.
Though Obama made “serving Veterans” a central theme of his campaign, and has since given that “cause” some lip service, the administration could not elevate the colossal failure of government-managed health care services by the VA to front and center without significantly undermining Obama’s political agenda to nationalize health care for all Americans. They could not let the epidemic of bureaucratic incompetence in government-managed health care at the VA interfere with their agenda to spread that epidemic across the nation.
Conservative analyst Jonah Goldberg likewise believes the VA presents a huge problem for Democrats: “Why? Because the Democratic party simply is the party of government. It is the party that insists on the nobility, efficacy and intellectual superiority of government. The VA is at the intersection of all the things liberals insist are wise and good and just about government. It is government-run healthcare. It is the tangible fulfillment of a sacred obligation the government has with those who’ve sacrificed most for our nation. It is also the one institution and/or constituency that enjoys huge bipartisan support. The VA, rhetorically and politically, is more sacrosanct and less controversial than Medicare, Social Security, road building, the NIH, or public schools. We are constantly told that we could get so many wonderful, super-fantastic things done if only both sides would lay down their ideological blah blah blah blah and work together for yada yada yada. Well, welcome to the VA. How’s that working out for you?”
Yet Obama still insisted, “I want every veteran to know: We are going to fix whatever is wrong.” To the contrary, he has now forced every American into the bureaucratic VA model with its systemic problems.
In May 2008, then-candidate Obama declared, “The true test of our patriotism is whether we will serve our returning heroes as well as they have served us.” It comes as no surprise to those of us who have honored our oaths “to Support and Defend” that Obama has failed that test. And as we all know, like everything else that has failed miserably for the past six years, we'll hear how this is all "Bush's fault".
What's really sickening is Al Qaeda Detainees at Guantanamo Bay receive better treatment than our veterans. The health care provider ratios are 1.5 to 1 while the V.A. ratio is 35 to 1 and realistically, it's more like 48 to 1.
The fact is, the administration’s political agenda trumped the health care of American Veterans. Obama lied and Vets died.
Pain or damage don't end the world. Or despair or f-ing beatings. The world ends when you're dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man... and give some back.- Al Swearengen