Posted by DrJohn on 20 May, 2014 at 6:12 am. 29 comments already!

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By now you have to roll your eyes when you hear it. A scandal pops up and you know exactly what is going to happen:

Obama claims he learned about a scandal on TV or in the newspapers just this morning.
Obama will declare how “angry” he is.
Obama promises to ‘get to the bottom” of it.
Obama promises to hold accountable those who are responsible.

And then what happens?

Obama blocks all requests for documents.
Absolutely nothing happens.
Obama declares it a meaningless “bonehead” act and it’s not serious.

IRS:

“So we’ll wait and see what exactly all the details and the facts are,” Obama said at a news conference. “But I’ve got no patience with it. I will not tolerate it. And we’ll make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this.”

So what has Obama done?

Nothing, save for block all requests for documents.

Who’s been held accountable? No one.

Benghazi:

Obama’s reaction to the terrorist bombing in Boston? No, those were Obama’s words at a political fundraiser in Las Vegas Sept. 12, 2012, the day after the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi, and less than 24 hours after he claims to have given the order to “secure our people” in Benghazi.

The next day, as he was massaging his radical base at the University of Colorado, and by which time he still had not checked with his Secretary of State or his Secretary of Defense to see what progress they’d made in rescuing our people in Benghazi, he said, “I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished.”

Who’s been held accountable? No one.

Fast and Furious:

President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday that federal officials who made bad decisions in designing or carrying out the controversial gun-running probe known as Operation Fast and Furious will be “held accountable.”

“People who have screwed up will be held accountable,” Obama said in an interview with ABC News.

Who’s been held accountable? No one.

Now we have the VA Scandal and Obama lets us know that, predictably, he’s “madder than hell.” In what is certainly a prelude to a government run single payer medical system, at least 40 veterans have died via supervised neglect.

(CNN) — At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.

The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.

For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country and who died while waiting for appointments and care. But the new revelations about the Phoenix VA are perhaps the most disturbing and striking to come to light thus far.

Internal e-mails obtained by CNN show that top management at the VA hospital in Arizona knew about the practice and even defended it.

There was a conspiracy to keep it quiet:

Dr. Sam Foote just retired after spending 24 years with the VA system in Phoenix. The veteran doctor told CNN in an exclusive interview that the Phoenix VA works off two lists for patient appointments:

There’s an “official” list that’s shared with officials in Washington and shows the VA has been providing timely appointments, which Foote calls a sham list. And then there’s the real list that’s hidden from outsiders, where wait times can last more than a year.

Now it appears that perhaps as many as 100 more may have died waiting for treatment.

Others may have committed suicide waiting for treatment:

A West Virginia doctor is coming forward with new allegations against the Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming that she too was told to put patients seeking treatment off for months on end — and that at least two of them committed suicide.

The claims add to the mounting controversy surrounding the VA, and allegations in several states that workers were concealing information about the long wait times veterans encountered. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testified last week before Congress on the scandal, but so far has resisted calls for his resignation.

Dr. Margaret Moxness, who says she was employed at the Huntington VA Medical Center in Charleston, W.Va., from 2008 to 2010, told “Fox & Friends” on Monday that she was told to delay treatment even after she told supervisors they needed immediate care. She said at least two patients committed suicide while waiting for treatment between appointments.

But Obama didn’t learn of the problems at the VA this morning.
Or yesterday.
Or last year.

He was informed of the trouble in 2008.

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.

This is what you can expect from an Obama government-run single payer system. Death panels.

Let’s crank up the Wayback Machine to 2012 to appreciate the value of Obama’s promises:

“The VA and DOD will work harder towards a seamless transition so new veterans aren’t just piled on to the backlog. And we will not rest — I will not be satisfied until we get this right.”

Obama says that he learned of the trouble at the VA just the other day. In the news accounts. Like he learns about every other scandal that can cause him harm. For a list of what Obama doesn’t know, go here. One of the reasons Obama knows nothing is that he doesn’t bother with his PDB’s. They tend to infringe upon the time he needs to play golf and fundraise.

Liberals, with an endless capacity to swallow Obama lies, will once again mindlessly suspend disbelief for their champion.

Anyone with a brain will not.

UPDATE

Guess who said it?

“After seven years of an Administration that has stretched our military to the breaking point, ignored deplorable conditions at some VA hospitals, and neglected the planning and preparation necessary to care for our returning heroes, America’s veterans deserve a President who will fight for them not just when it’s easy or convenient, but every hour of every day for the next four years.”

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