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A report issued to President Obama by his deputy Chief of Staff, Rob Nabors, indicates that a “corrosive culture” played a role in the VA debacle.

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 30, 2014

The Veterans Affairs tragedy is another to add to the list of scandals that have occurred during the presidency of Barack Obama.  However, this scandal is the worst in that veterans died waiting for care while bureaucrats and government employees received bonuses for creating false reports.  People should go to jail for this tragedy, but that is unlikely.  A more likely outcome will be that a few government employees will be asked to retire on fat pensions or even continued pay, or moved to other position within the government.

In a report just issued to President Obama by his deputy Chief of Staff, Rob Nabors, indicates that a “corrosive culture” played a role in the VA debacle, also stating:

  • It is clear that there are significant and chronic systemic failures that must be addressed by the leadership at the VA.”
  • The department must take swift and appropriate accountability actions. There must be a recognition of how true accountability works.”
  • It currently acts with little transparency or accountability with regard to its management of the VA medical structure.”

The VA scandal was made public by a whistleblower at its Phoenix, Arizona facility who reported that the hospital kept a secret list where veterans needing treatment were purposely “lost” in the system.  At this Phoenix facility in excess of 1,700 veterans waiting to see a doctor were never scheduled for appointments.

The VA health system is largest in the country with over 1,700 facilities serving about 9,000,000 people annually.  This organization has over 300,000 full-time employees and a budget of over $150 billion annually.

The VA scandal is a prime example of the failure of big government, which raises an interesting question for Progressives who promote even more big government.  Is the VA debacle the result of inherent problems of a massive bureaucracy that makes government unable to properly manage the People’s business, or is it the result of an incompetent of CEO, Barack Obama?  Either answer being uncomfortable for those on the Left means that this important question will be avoided.

The reaction from President Obama was typical Leftist politics, asking for more money to fund a failed organization.  Obama has requested an increase in the 2015 VA budget of 6.5%.  History has proven that you cannot throw money at a failed organization and expect better results.  In fact it is money and greed that led to the “corrosive culture”.

It will be difficult for this President to ignore his responsibility in the VA tragedy and claim this to be another “phony scandal”.


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