Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 9 hours ago

    Good job, once again Barry……
    But the findings would appear to confirm reports that first surfaced last year that many veterans died while awaiting care, as their applications got stuck in a system that the VA has struggled to overhaul. Some applications, the IG report says, go back nearly two decades.

    The report addresses serious issues with the record-keeping itself.

    More than half the applications listed as pending as of last year do not have application dates, and investigators “could not reliably determine how many records were associated with actual applications for enrollment” in VA health care, the report said.

    The report also says VA workers incorrectly marked thousands of unprocessed health-care applications as completed and may have deleted 10,000 or more electronic “transactions” over the past five years.

    Linda Halliday, the VA’s acting inspector general, said the agency’s Health Eligibility Center “has not effectively managed its business processes to ensure the consistent creation and maintenance of essential data” and recommended a multi-year plan to improve accuracy and usefulness of agency records.

    Halliday’s report came in response to a whistleblower who said more than 200,000 veterans with pending applications for VA health care were likely deceased.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 7 hours ago

    You’re blaming the VA’s problems on the President, Gov? You who want to UN or UNDER-fund healthcare for EVERYBODY, straight across the board?
    How’s about one of your majority Congressional folk introduce a funding – that would be a FUNDING – Bill, instead of a cutting or eliminating or let’s-change-the-subject-back-to-Benghazi Bill? What do you say? Instead of blaming the Pres – who HAS had other irons in the fire – suppose you, the Ailes Rush Noise Team and its we-prefer-to-do-nothing-but-complain Congressional allies produce a factual, verifiably well-researched BILL and submit it for debate? Hmmm?
    This EX Republican is looking for any positive sign amongst the partisan ideologues and anarchists. Come on then. Will he be disappointed yet again?

  3. Gresch

    Gresch said, about 6 hours ago

    Another example of how Obama cares….

  4. NeedaChuckle

    NeedaChuckle said, about 4 hours ago

    Congress is cutting funding for the VA not the president. Does anyone know how the govt runs?

  5. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 hours ago

    You are making the assumption the government runs. When a large agency can’t handle what is basically a bookkeeping activity, one has to wonder what all of those government employees do all day or what our congress people do all day. It is a simple matter of managing and running a day to day business. The right budget and proper management would do the job. It always amazes me that none of these higher level managers ever notice problems like this until it hits the headlines. They must play golf all day.
    When it does hit the head lines, they fire some sacrificial lamb and before long it is business as usual with the same incompetent management.

  6. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 hours ago


    You’re blaming the VA’s problems on the President, Gov?
    It can’t help itself, wm. It was infected with political mad-cow disease long ago, and is incapable of independent thought. Nice try, though.

  7. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 3 hours ago

    @Ted Lind

    “When it does hit the head lines, they fire some sacrificial lamb and before long it is business as usual with the same incompetent management.”

    You make a good point on this. This kind of incompetence has gone on in this administration and past administrations ad infinitum. Platitudes and promises are made while the subject is in the forefront and then entombed in silence like so many campaign promises as time passes and attention fades.

  8. 38lowell

    38lowell said, about 3 hours ago

    The bodies are on the wrong side of the board, and the problems still exist.

  9. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, about 3 hours ago

    C’mon guys. Even though I really dislike Obama’s ideas, and am not a fan of him, he didn’t cause this. This is a symptom of a larger problem: Big Government. Any time the government gets too big, the bureaucracy becomes too large and accountability goes right out the window. At best, Obama is responsible because he hasn’t issued orders to fire people, but I don’t think that is even something he has done any differently than any prior president. In like… ever.

    Realistically, if we wanted to truly address the issue, we would have the people who are responsible for these problems and have them terminated and replaced. There is very little oversight and very little accountability. It’s not a funding issue, it’s a discipline issue.

  10. 38lowell

    38lowell said, about 3 hours ago

    Worse yet:
    Cold war vets get no help, except a no down payment mortgage. They have to be in a shooting war.

  11. 38lowell

    38lowell said, about 3 hours ago

    He stole my walker!

  12. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, about 3 hours ago

    What happened to Shinseki, anyway?
    Why do we have so many more vets who need care? Could have something to do with two decade-long wars?

  13. ARodney

    ARodney said, about 3 hours ago

    When you quadruple the number of vets, and don’t quadruple funding for the VA (which is congress’ job), you’re bound to fall short. Blaming this on Obama is ignorant. It’s purely a product of GW Bush’s wars and the inability of a Republican congress to properly fund governetn

  14. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 hours ago


    PPS: He stole my walker!
    That’s a knee-slapper, by cracky!

  15. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 2 hours ago


    Conelly, take a breath. Your hero Obama is a putz. That being said, he is only “resonsible” in the sense that he IS the chief executive office AND the Commander in Chief of the armed forces. The VA is under his supervision though he delegates that responsibility to underlings. His choice for those that report to him must not be good since there are SO many problems being cast forth for our entertainment via the media.

    I’m a veteran of a foreign war. I do not use the VA…well … except to get a great deal on education and a home loan. So I have no experience – other than a good one – with the VA.

    Still – as evidence seen with various other agencies within government – this is what happens when government becomes so cumbersome. You have people that can do a mediocre job (or less) and never be concerned with retribution since they are nameless and faceless drones. That’s not to say that there are excellent conscientious workers doing inspired things for our vets.

    But ultimately, the “buck” stops at the presidents desk. Even if he had no hands on with the task. HIS reports did and he should have supervised better.

    I’m with you on the ex-republican thing. BUT I wil not be a democat either.

    NONE of the political candidates endorsed by the two parties present any indication that these terrible management issues will be addressed.

    It may be time to bite the bullet and put a real “businessman” into office rather than a career politician.

    It’s the money people that rule us all anyway…think about it.

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