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Obama Promises Improvements for U.S. Veterans Health Care

 President Barack Obama pledged improved mental-health care for U.S. military veterans and greater accountability as a new report detailed poor medical service at the scandal-scarred Department of Veterans Affairs. Speaking to members of the American Legion, the largest veterans service organization, Obama said he’s committed to taking action to “regain the trust” of the nation’s […] Read More →

Obama to sign veterans’ health care overhaul

 President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill aimed at helping veterans avoid long waits for health care. The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see Veterans Affairs doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering up long wait times. The bill makes it […] Read More →

Bipartisanship is Alive and Well, but not in the Obama White House

Michael Barone  Bipartisanship is dead. That’s the conventional wisdom, and there’s a lot of evidence to support it. But there’s evidence to the contrary as well. On two important issues, veterans’ health and job training, congressional Republicans and Democrats have, with little notice, reached constructive bipartisan agreements. These are both issues on which everyone agrees […] Read More →

Tentative deal reached on VA reform

 The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans’ health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scheduled a news conference Monday to talk about a compromise […] Read More →

Michelle Malkin: Mrs. Obama’s Operation VA Scandal Distraction

 Barack and Michelle Obama are quite the diversionary tag-team. He blames everyone else for his problems. She takes credit for progress on his behalf that he doesn’t deserve and distracts public attention from his avalanche of failures with endless feel-good photo-ops. While the shirker in chief golfed and grubbed for money at closed-door celebrity fundraisers […] Read More →

VA has lost trust of vets, American people

 The Department of Veterans Affairs has lost the trust of veterans and the American people as a result of widespread treatment delays for people seeking health care and falsified records to cover up those delays, the agency’s top official said Wednesday. Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said the VA has created an environment where workers […] Read More →

Michelle Malkin: Exclusive: Inside the VA’s Spin-‘N-Stonewall Machine

 The Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is very concerned. No, the communications specialists in the agency are not concerned with veterans in need. They’re not concerned with citizens and public officials requesting public information. They’re not concerned with journalists seeking the truth. What these entrenched government employees care […] Read More →

Review: VA a struggling agency beset with ills

 Citing “significant and chronic system failures” in the nation’s health system for veterans, a review ordered by President Barack Obama portrays the Department of Veterans Affairs as a struggling agency battling a corrosive culture of distrust, lacking in resources and ill-prepared to deal with an influx of new and older veterans with a range of […] Read More →

Veterans health spending doubled in Senate bill

 Spending on veterans’ health care could double in three years under the Senate’s solution to the long waits experienced by thousands seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics, according to congressional budget experts. Analyzing a bill the Senate passed overwhelmingly last Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the measure would add $35 billion over […] Read More →

Audit: More than 57,000 await first VA appointment

 More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling, the government said Monday in a report newly demonstrating how deep and widespread the problem is. It’s not just a […] Read More →

Lawmakers rush to craft bill on veterans health crisis

 U.S. lawmakers engaged in rare bipartisan talks on Wednesday about legislation to address delays in the delivery of health care for military veterans. The discussions sparked optimism that Republicans and Democrats can quickly strike a deal for a bill that would ensure immediate care for veterans and give the Obama administration greater authority to fire […] Read More →

Dressing the VA’s wounds: What Obama faces now

 When U.S. President Barack Obama accepted the resignation on Friday of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, he said his priority now was fixing the troubled agency whose officials are accused of covering up delays in providing healthcare for U.S. veterans. That task is monumental. As Obama himself said, the sprawling Veterans Affairs department “has had […] Read More →