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Published: Friday, May 30 2014 9:18 p.m. MDT

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robin138
springfield, VA

I believe he was a scapegoat for decades of neglect and underfunding of our nation's health care system for veterans by politicians of both parties.

IMAPatriot2
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

I Obama had a lick of common sense he would appoint Romney as the next VA chief. At least Romney knows how to fix problems and manage a huge organization. However, I'm not optimistic that this POTUS can put politics aside long enough to do something to benefit our veterans.

jimhale
Eugene, OR

It is clear that the general had to go. It is clear the warning signs were there long ago.
But his head is not the only one that should roll over this.
The heads of the various veterans organizations knew this was going on, too. Most of them should resign.
The chairs and ranking members of both veterans affairs committees of the Congress should lose their chairman/leadership status as well. They were just as duplicitous.

goinfishn
Orem, Utah

Jason Chaffetz is a politician, an thing for the party. The government is broken and politician like Jason Chaffetz are at the route of the problem, he also needs to fired.

goinfishn
Orem, Utah

Jason Chaffetz is a politician, any thing for party. The government is broken, politicians like Chaffetz need to fired as well. Its up to us to do our job, please don't make him a long career politician. Enough is enough.

gwenmangelson
Rogersville, MO

I don't believe he is "responsible" I believe he is the scapegoat. Its not ALL VA's that have problems as my dad and stepdad have been going to them for years with no problems!
I think the people at the facilities causing the problems need to be replaced!

LittleStream
Carson City, NV

There are some great doctors and nurses in the VA system. They have treated Veterans for years. Now however, they are asked to provide the same service with less money (budget cuts from Congress that should not have been allowed), with less staff ( if you can't pay doctors and nurses they have to get jobs elsewhere), and with two wars that keep stuffing the VA hospitals with wounded. This should be more correctly laid at the feet of Congress. That we should send these men into battle to die for us, and then not take care of them is not acceptable and America and Congress at their worst.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

The VA has 100s of programs and not just medical. Many of those are well run. However, the VA has been underfunded from all administrations and Congress over decades. It has gotten worse with very few in Congress nor Presidents that have not really served their country in the military. The various non-government organizations that help Veterans such as MOAA and others warned about the impact of Obamacare not paying doctors and pharmacy care for the VA doctors would be a problem and it appears the VA tried to get around the Obamacare mandate. They have elections coming up and don't want to appear to be anti-VA but they are. Getting rid of a 4-star won't take care of their problems for military members and families.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@Robin138 10:57 p.m. May 30, 2014

It's more than that, Robin. Shinseki is just one more casualty in the far right's vendetta against the President. They don't only target the President, they also target anyone who works for him. They have deliberately tried to make the President fail from the day he was elected, and this is just one more shot in their agenda.

The problems with the VA have been present for a lot of years, in administrations from both parties. Funny -- I don't remember the far right going after either Bush, after Regan, etc. wonder why . . .

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

Shinseki was controversial just because of his ethnicity. During recent hearings, the head of the American Legion accused him of being not prepared. He appeared to be living in an "ivory tower" with no care for how things were run. He delegated authority as a 4 star general and had no personal knowledge of the results. He was seen as going to his office every morning, putting his feet up on the desk, and turning on the radio until it was time to play golf. In St. Louis, the director of VA-Cochran was a nurse with no administrative experience. Nurses may have only 2 years of college. Senator Claire McCaskill, who is hardly conservative, got involved and a "firefighter" was sent in as a temporary fix. Even the new director overall, Sloane Gibson, is "temporary". The system is filled with politics and the primary concern is not administrative competence. From personal experience, the providers are excellent. The problem is with the administrators and political appointments for the high salaries. Shinseki, who lost a foot in Vietnam, appeared to be just a money man with no concern for the troops.

Unclefred
Ticonderoga, NY

The buck has to stop somewhere. The real problem was caused by politicians putting impossible pressure on the agency to produce impossible results with the resources available. (Kinda like the Obamacare web rollout) That said, integrity means stepping up to the plate and telling the public/congress what is going on, not letting your agency cook the books to make it look like you are doing the job. Will things get better without him? Not as long as the same politicians put the same pressure on the VA to do what they won't fund.

CDL
Los Angeles, CA

This was all symbolic and an effort to calm the ravenous wolves that called for his resignation. How idiotic though, the guy was retiring in Sept. anyway so this wasn't any sacrifice for the good and accomplished nothing really. But we must not let up, or they will do nothing. You know they are waiting for the focus to go away now, or hoping it will.

Register1
Calgary, 00

Welcome to socialized medicine. you can get great care IF you can get access. I live in Canada and every one of the complaints in this article are the same we experience every day in Canada. Politicians fire our administrators on a regular basis here as well for the excessive waiting times or not allocating resources properly. Bottom line is services are allocated according to budget constraints, and when there's no more $$ the waiting lines for services get longer. Obama care is not the bugaboo, just understand what uyou are going to get, longer wait lists and higher taxes and demand for shorter wait lines and an obsessive distrust for those that can pay for their own care. Mothball your military and get ready to pay for socialized health care. In Canada we have great soldiers, just can't afford ships or planes to get them to the fight,

donn
layton, UT

RE: Furry1993, My colleagues at the VFW and Vietnam Veterans don’t think Obama likes the military.

Unlike the general public, the military generally comes out to vote in higher percentages. About 70 percent of the 1.4 million active duty military members voted in 2000 compared with about 51 percent of the general public, according to federal election records. A poll conducted late last year by the Military Times found that 57 percent of those surveyed consider themselves Republican, while 13 percent identified with the Democrats. Among the officer corps the numbers were different. Nearly 66 percent of officers considered themselves Republican compared with 9 percent Democratic.

Anti Bush-Obama
Chihuahua, 00

This is your death panel preview. The Government being in charge of healthcare is supposed to improve it? All you have to do is look at the VA. What makes you think that this same thing won't be happening under Obamacare?

bbc
SLC, UT

Put the blame where it belongs: CONGRESS. "U.S. Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Thursday [Feb 27, 2014] that would have expanded federal healthcare and education programs for veterans, saying the $24 billion bill would bust the budget.

Even though the legislation cleared a procedural vote on Tuesday by a 99-0 vote, the measure quickly got bogged down in partisan fighting.

Supporters said the measure would have brought the most significant changes in decades to U.S. veterans' programs. For example, it called for 27 new medical facilities to help a healthcare system that is strained by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars." [U.S. Senate Republicans block veterans' health bill on budget worry, Reuters - Thu, Feb 27] IF YOU DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR VETERANS' HEALTH CARE, DON'T SEND THEM TO WAR!!!

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

When government fails, it is always because of private commercial interests who profit from improper government actions. The financial gain from delaying and impeding government service to veterans is the with the private doctors and suppliers.

Competition from the government works against the profits and control of prices of private enterprise. The war between business competitors is to be expected. Medical care of veterans or any other American citizen should not be a for-profit business subject to the greed of businessmen.

In my own case, I prefer the dedication of the VA doctors who seem to be actually interested in helping me than those private doctors who would help me only for a price. And while there are exceptions to the rule, I am convinced that my evaluation is correct.

If there is a scandal at the VA it is in the reason for the improper conduct much more than in the conduct itself.

djc
Stansbury Park, Ut

General Shinseki was doing all he could to improve the VA. The Republican Party has always failed to adequately fund the VA, but the louts in the GOP are always ready to find fault with anyone who is trying to do a job. This is a truly sad situation because once all the troops are home, the public will go back to ignoring veterans like they usually have. This whole situation is disgusting and reminds me of the Memorial Day antics of Senator Orrin Hatch, who couldn't even respect the war dead for one day. And yet the politicians are elected, re-elected and stay in office until they die there. At least they die as millionaires no matter how much money they had when they went into office. And through it all the veterans suffer, usually quietly.

bullet56
Olympia, WA

All this finger pointing at the officials assigned the task of taking care of more and more customers with less and less funds to do it with. WE the voters are the responsible party for the disgrace we see in the VA system.
We the people make a promise to those who serve. When Congress fails to fund the growing system under the premise that the federal budget is too big, and rich taxpayers need a bigger cut in taxes, that leads to fewer dollars to service the needs of vets. When our Congress and the elected officials vote for sequester, what can vets and voters expect? Certainly not high moral and excellent care. Who did you elect that is not doing their job of funding the huge influx of new VA clients? It is our job as voters to ask these questions. When a party shuts down the government for politics, that too effects services. A party who consistently wants to reduce funding for federal programs, to benefit business, is short sighted and inept. We voters are responsible for the Congress we have and the services or lack of them, that are in very scarce supply at the VA.

AmPatriot
Taylorsville, UT

I have to disagree with putting an ex-CEO, Romney, in any government position because governemnt cannot be modified to turn it into a corporation. Government is a organization that operates at a loss and Romney can't deal with this kind 'non profit and loss' kind of operation.

An example of the Romney fix is the Obamacare, its is his design and his CEO corrupted thinking that has made a mess of the economy and our health care. Romney is the worst and least qualified to run any government organization, he doesn't know how to budget and be limited to work on a fixed income. A vagabond off the street could run the VA better than Romney or Obama but its preferable some one who cares and can set reasonalbe priorities and turn fat into gravy.

The last thing government needs in its serving and obeying the citizens is a CEO who forgets that he is on a fixed income and no extra fat to waste.

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