Audit: More than 57,000 waiting initial VA visits 90 days or more after requesting them

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  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    June 10, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    Liberals are not silent. If the republicans would stop filibustering we would provide veterans with all the healthcare they could possibly want.

    We'd spare no expense and give out no bid cost plus contracts - just like republicans do when starting wars.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 9, 2014 8:56 p.m.

    The VA budget has grown much faster in the last decade than the number of veterans has. They have never blamed the lack of money for their atrocious record. They had money to pay bonuses to those who lied, but not enough money to treat veterans. Bernie Sanders, in typical socialist mentality, wants to throw money at the VA without reforming it and the civil service mentality that strangles the VA.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    June 9, 2014 3:39 p.m.

    To "Schnee" throwing more money at the problem would not fix it. More money does not mean more access to more doctors. For example, we are now spending nearly double per child for education than we were in the 1980's (adjusted for inflation). You and your reasoning would say we should now have classes with half the kids. Unfortunately we still have nearly the same number of kids per class, the only thing that has changed is the number of non-teaching jobs.

    Money will not fix the problem, unless you can magically get med schools to accept more students, and get them to work for the VA.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 9, 2014 2:09 p.m.


    I thought messianic BO was going to fix everything. Why has it taken this long and this many veteran deaths to get any action - and that by socialist, not even a member of BO's own party?

    BO can wave his executive pen and bypass congress on everything else, why is he sitting on his backside and doing nothing about this but fire a scapegoat?

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    June 9, 2014 12:14 p.m.

    "Why is it that the liberals are so silent on this issue?"

    Liberals strongly support Bernie Sanders' bill that the GOP filibustered that would've provided the VA with more funding to hire more people to deal with this delay issue.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    June 9, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    Why is it that the liberals are so silent on this issue? Over the past several years the liberals who post here have told us how great the VA system is, and how it is a model for government healthcare.

    I hope that everybody takes a good look at this issue and remembers it. This is what government healthcare looks like. Death by waiting list, covered up by administrators looking to get their bonus.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    June 9, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    The more big government gets involved in health care, the more these kinds of bureaucratic nightmares will grow.