by 3D Divine Deadbeat Dad---Alleged

# 1. 4/23/16 4:18 PM by LJ - MM
thumbsup.gif Bush’s political appointees at the VA, for example, quickly squashed software innovation in the field by reconsolidating bureaucratic control over all things digital in Washington and then contracting with venders of private, proprietary software. At one point, the VA even lost control of its own lab software system to Cerner, a private corporation that dramatically ramped up spending on lobbying during the middle of the last decade.

And, increasingly, Bush’s political appointees at the VA began outsourcing more care to private health care providers, often with unhappy results. For example, between 2002 and 2008, the Philadelphia VA outsourced its prostate cancer unit to a team from the University of Pennsylvania. Investigators later found that of the 114 patients who went through the treatment, ninety-two received either too much or not enough radiation to the prostate, and in some cases the physician missed the prostate altogether. Outsourcing also led to financial waste and fraud. For example, the VA inspector general found that in the last year of the Bush administration, 37 percent of the $3.2 billion the VA spent on outsourced care was improperly paid.

Editor's Note: NT

# 2. 4/24/16 9:26 AM by lj - mm
thumbsup.gif The Koch Brothers, Pete, and their “web of affiliates have succeeded in manufacturing a ‘scandal’ at the VA as part of a larger campaign to delegitimize publicly provided health care” in favor of the commercial healthcare industry. The exaggeration fed scandal forced the dismissal of Shinseki besides creating another taxpayer-funded commission to investigate the alleged abuses by the VA. “The Best Care Anywhere; Why VA Health Care Would Work Better For Everyone” author Phillip Longman was appointed to this commission.

Editor's Note: Phillip Longman


Born to Pay: The New Politics of Aging in America (1987)

The Return of Thrift: How the Collapse of the Middle Class Welfare State will Reawaken Values in America (1997)

The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What To Do About It (2004)

Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Healthcare is Better Than Yours (2007)

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