VA Nickel and Dimed Vets to Death While Running a Surplus for 5 Years

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The only parts of the government that refuse to spend money are the ones that deal with things that Obama Inc. doesn’t like.

Like taking care of wounded veterans. The VA managed to blow $500 million on office furniture while denying life-saving tests.

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.

“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 medical care. Unlike the rest of the government, it was running a surplus.

The Obama administration’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expects to have more money for medical care than it can spend for the fifth fiscal year in a row, The Daily Caller has learned.

VA expects to carry over $450 million in medical-care funding from fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2015. VA received its full requested medical care appropriation of $54.6 billion this fiscal year, which is more than $10 billion more than it received four years ago.

This is part of an ongoing trend.

VA carried over $1.449 billion in medical-care funding from fiscal year 2010 to 2011, $1.163 billion from fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2012, $637 million from fiscal year 2012 to 2013, and $543 million from fiscal year 2013 to 2014.

While vets were dying to save money on tests (an ongoing theme among liberal health care “reformers” who insist that too much money is being wasted on tests) the VA’s management was living well and running on that profit motive that liberals claimed wouldn’t apply to government health care.

  • James Foard

    I think this is a regional problem. The Oregon Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs has saved my life on occasion, helped me with housing and medical needs and many other things. They have been wonderful. When I needed a colonoscopy last year I had it done within a couple of weeks. I haven’t had to pay anything out of pocket for any of their care here.
    I can’t speak for Vets in other parts of the country, but here in Southern Oregon the VA has been great. I hate to see them take the fall for other regional center’s failings. Let’s not make this an Obama thing either, not saying you did Daniel. But many of these policies and staff personal have been in place for years, even before Bush.
    I hope that more Vets from Oregon will speak up on this issue, I owe my life to the VA here, I don’t know where I would have been without them.

    • truebearing

      I’m glad to hear you were treated well and survived. It sounds like you were well treated. The problem is that there are too many places where that isn’t happening, and it appears to be getting worse. There are other ways to take care of vets without this monstrosity called the VA. If we took a percentage of the money spent on health care for vets and just gave them coverage to go to local doctors, hospitals, etc, we would give vets better care and save tons of money in the process. we could eliminate billions spent on inefficiency, but more importantly, give all vets equal access to good care.

      Since wounded vets have injuries unlike the general population, we could have the government create special units at local hospitals to address those issues, and if special care was required, certain top-flight hospitals could be designated for special needs. We should also hire vets to as many positions as possible in the area of care for vets. There is a better way, but it isn’t through more government.

      • ronnor

        I also go to a VA Hospital and think it’s doing fine, mine anyway. This was a leadership problem and its the leaders that should take the hit. The President is the Commander in Chief and it was his responsibility to make sure the VA was running well; he didn’t. Don’t let this failure of leadership at the highest levels end one of the few things the ‘Government’ is involved in that actually works. Fire a bunch of people who were acting like communist apparacheki instead of working for the veterans.

  • Johnny Palestine

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/05/23/veterans-affair-secretary-called-to-be-fired/comment-page-1/#comment-540062

    Veterans Today is a fraud site run by Gordon Duff on a Muslim payroll. The site portends to be about Veterans but is obsessed about Israel.

    Duff is an often guest on presstv.ir. Such are some of the traitorous scum in America and the West.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      it’s from the Daily Caller, not Veterans Today which is indeed a crazy hate site

  • Elise

    Don’t forget the money wasted on bonuses. Public servants or federal employees already make more money than privately employed workers; they don’t pay into social security, they never get fired, they get great healthcare for life, and their pensions are based on their salaries which are usually based on their overtime pay. How many government employees have been suspended, but never fired for spending their working hours watching porn or playing games on their taxpayer funded computers?

    • Ruth crawford

      I need to correct your ignorant statements. #1. federal employees make a salary equal to most private workers. #2.fedearl employees do pay into Social Security and Medicare. #3 They get fired all the time. #4. Their retirement is based on their high three years of salary (not counting over time) and time in service. FYI: All federal employees contribute a percentage of their pay into the retirement system. #4. How many private workers have been susepnded for playing games on their computers?

  • truebearing

    Most vets don’t vote for military hating marxists. Let em’ die. Obama’s contribution to health care: the death panel.