HART: The VA mess is ObamaCare in 10 years — or sooner

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 04:01 PM.

“Wow, there’s fraud, inefficiency and dishonesty at the VA hospitals?” said no one — except Democrats in D.C.


Not only did Obama feign surprise, other Democrats said they were "shocked" by the matter. It is yet to be determined if Nancy Pelosi was shocked by the allegations, since her face always looks shocked.

Once again, Obama said he only heard about this scandal through the media. Perhaps he was too busy not knowing about the IRS scandal, Benghazi , NSA spying, wiretapping of media opponents, the GSA, the ObamaCare website debacle and Secret Service hooker scandals. There seem to be no limits to what Obama does not know. He holds press conferences, not to tell us things, but to find out what is going on in his administration. He was briefed by Entertainment Tonight on the Kanye West/Kim Kardashian marriage; he seems to be up to speed on that.

There are two very simple reasons the VA is a dysfunctional bureaucratic mess. One, it is a government-run. Two, it is now 80 percent public sector unionized. These are people who come to work each day only concerned about one thing: what they are going to have for lunch. There is no profit motive, no risk of getting fired and little accountability. The slower they work, the more money they get. Veterans die, but they keep their jobs.

At least 188 VA employees (85 nurses), some making six-figure salaries, spend 100 percent of their time working on union matters. This “official time” is only what they report, and what we pay for. They use it politicking for Democrats. Unions should pay them, not taxpayers.

The VA is run for union workers, not patients. They don’t even remind vets of their appointments, thus no-show rates are as high as 45 percent. This means less work for union members.

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