Obama’s VA Bosses Blew $500 Mil on Office Furniture While Vets Died

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The VA is a disaster. Waiting times have been horrifying and vets have died because of them. And they did it not just because of incompetence, but to save money.

Patients in a Southeast Texas Department of Veterans Affairs medical system faced denials or long delays in getting routine colonoscopies and other medical tests because of bureaucratic cost-cutting, a former top administrator told the Washington Examiner in an exclusive interview.

Dr. Richard Krugman, former associate chief of staff at the Veterans Affairs health care system based in Harlingen, Texas, said his boss implemented a policy in 2010 that colonoscopies would only be approved if the patient tested positive in three successive screenings for bloody stools.

“By the time that you do the colonoscopies on these patients, you went from a stage 1 to a stage 4 [colorectal cancer], which is basically inoperable,” said Krugman.

“That was done because of dollars and cents. For the VA, they have to be bleeding out of their rectum before they would authorize a colonoscopy. That was the standard of care,” he said.

But the VA did have money for the things that matter. Office furniture.

The VA has spent a total of $489 million to upgrade conference rooms, buy draperies, and purchase new office furniture during the past four-and-a-half years.

To make the office makeovers complete, draperies, roller shades, and cornice boxes were also purchased. The VA spent $10.7 million in the past five fiscal years on curtains and draperies.

There was no money for colonoscopies, but there was $10 million for curtains.

  • Habbgun

    They have no problem closing down and roping off monuments to the bravery of veterans for political reasons and now we learn they have no problem letting them die.

    Amazing how people all hot and bothered about terrorists in Gitmo can’t even raise as much as a yawn about this.

    • nomoretraitors

      That’s because Gitmo detainees are their class allies. Those who fought for this country are “oppressors” or “baby killers”

  • CaoMoo

    The IRS did the same thing. I since a running theme here.

  • glpage

    So, our government is turning into a service to provide cushy jobs with upscale facilities for government employees. The IRS also spent a boatload of money on furniture and other upgrades. Seems like those federal employees whose job performance happens to support our current tyrant wannabe get nice perks for their useless service.

  • Anonymous

    “Deny, deny, until they die!” as folk at the VA say– redorating is exepnsive and those dang costly veterans just eat up the budget for that, you know!

  • DogmaelJones1

    “The VA spent $10.7 million in the past five fiscal years on curtains and draperies.” And now those curtains are lifting to reveal how much of a pigsty the VA has been. The jihadists in Gitmo get better treatment than the American soldiers they killed or tried to kill.

  • cxt

    Sick….just sick.
    Where is the accountablilty for such behavior???

    • Odin2

      Where is the accountability in government?

  • De Doc

    To be fair, even incompetent and uncaring administrators deserve office related creature comforts as their respective agencies roll into chaos and collapse around them.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The top guy was brought in as a consolation prize after he told Bush that Rumsfeld’s staffing projections for Iraq were woefully wrong. He was thrown out of a battle command. When Obama brought him to the VA he was hailed and the newer softer friendlier more Obama-ish VA guy who would finally fix all the things. Of course this is silly. The VA is un-fixable. It always has been. So someone needs to ask Jay Carney “Is YOUR VA too big to fail??”

  • John Davidson Jr

    Cut the government by 90% and I betcha we don’t hear another word about creature comforts or federally funded grants for research on how much a kid is likely to start smoking or illegal lobbying for smoking bans by non-profits or second hand smoke studies linking that it causes everything in the world to happen!
    The Federal government is the biggest FRAUD ever perpetuated on the world.

    • John Davidson Jr

      This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke:

      http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/28/16741714-lungs-from-pack-a-day-smokers-safe-for-transplant-study-finds?lite

      Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds.

      By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News.

      Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.

      What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.

      “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study………………………

      Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it!

      The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered:

      Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year.

      146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY.

      A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose.

      Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!

  • Lindsay Johnson

    Shocking and astounding. The VA needs to be privativized & ObamaCare Stopped. Misuse of Funds is Criminal & Pathetic. Charge these officials w/ manslaughter & murder. All of them!