Senators Burr, Boehner and others criticize the continued failures of the VA on the one-year anniversary of Robert McDonald’s appointment as VA Chief.
The VA continues to muddle through year after year without much change. The ongoing systemic failures within the government agency continue despite a change at the helm with the appointment of Robert McDonald just over one year ago.
According to VA data, wait times are up 50% from this time last year. An already bad situation has become worse. The response by the VA? The typical DC response:
Give Us More Money
“We are simply asking Congress, once again, for the budget flexibility to use our existing funds to provide Veterans with the care in the community they have already earned,” said VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson.
Interesting. Let’s throw more money at the problem and see how things end up this time next year. The logic is baffling. Let’s simplify. If all it takes is “more money”, then we should just go ahead today and figure how much money it will take to solve the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination issue, right? The VA is denying 95% of claims because they just don’t have enough money. That’s it! Money.
My response to the VA is quite simple then. Name your price to reach a 100% approval rate on Camp Lejeune contamination claims. We’ll just bill it to Congress. Problem solved!
Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Money is the red herring used by the VA to distract from its core issue – competency. Whether it’s poor management at the top, or entrenched bureaucratic cronyism buried within the hierarchy, it needs to be addressed. As the old saying for cancer goes “you either cut it out, or kill it.” Congress needs to cut out the cancer of mismanagement in government agencies, or kill them and let their services be fulfilled by the private sector.
In the article, Rep. Coffman aptly points out something we already pointed out months ago.
“The VA received a $15 billion supplemental appropriation to help address the wait time issue,” said Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), who has been one of McDonald’s most vocal critics. “This is an organization that is so incompetently led that they can’t even tell us how much any given procedure costs, so it doesn’t surprise me that they can’t manage their existing resources to better serve veterans.”
The VA doesn’t have a money problem, it has a management problem. Read our take here: http://civilianexposure.org/va-doesnt-have-a-money-problem-it-has-a-management-problem/
For more on this latest VA story, check out this clip from the Washington Post website.