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Obama Warned About VA Problems In 2008

Written By : William Teach
May 19, 2014

A quick follow up to the earlier post, where I wonder why Obama wasn’t getting ahead of the VA scandal, because it really wasn’t his fault, and would be a way to show his leadership, and, instead, was seemingly treating this the way they treat all the scandals created by his administration. Perhaps this is why

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(Washington Times) The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal.

Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting.

“This is not only a data integrity issue in which [Veterans Health Administration] reports unreliable performance data; it affects quality of care by delaying — and potentially denying — deserving veterans timely care,” the officials wrote.

The briefing materials, obtained by The Washington Times through the Freedom of Information Act, make clear that the problems existed well before Mr. Obama took office, dating back at least to the Bush administration. But the materials raise questions about what actions the department took since 2009 to remedy the problems.

You can also Blame Bush for not taking action, provided he was informed, as multiple investigations said there was an issue. A big issue. This issue apparently continued to grow, to the point that Obama was told about it during the transition. And did nothing.

Oh, and let’s throw out a Democrat talking point: “who’s president now?” Liberals did not want to hear about all the failures regarding 9/11 that occurred during the Clinton administration, nor other issues that passed from his admin to the Bush admin. Well, Obama is president now. What did he do?

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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