Really, where do these people come from? The irony here is if anyone deserves the best healthcare it’s our veterans. And this sort of government-managed healthcare is where they want us all to be. If this were the United States of Tammy, what happened here to our vets would be handled as a criminal matter. Instead, bonuses.

Via Fox News.

Top health care officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs apologized for a recent string of preventable patient deaths, but not for the big performance bonuses paid out afterwards, during a congressional field hearing in Pittsburgh Monday.

The apologies followed tearful testimony from the families of veterans who died at VA facilities in Pittsburgh and Atlanta, and from agency whistleblowers who described cover-ups and retaliation by hospital administrators when they tried to expose wrongdoing.

Yet, despite acknowledging the “deeply compelling and very upsetting” stories of how VA failures led to the deaths, Robert Petzel, the department’s under-secretary for health, maintained that the bonuses paid to top administrators were justified and in some cases legally required.

That includes the nearly $63,000 bonus paid to Michael Moreland, director of the VA health care region that includes Pittsburgh, where at least five patient deaths resulted from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease between July 2011 and November 2012.


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  1. Maynard says:

    I’m flashing back to the hospital scene in Oliver Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July”. Not recommending the film, you understand. But that scene — be warned, lots of profanity! — in a veterans’ facility conveys the essential pitfall of trusting your healthcare to a colossal bureaucracy. Good luck getting access to a real doctor, or staff that gives a damn, or anyone that knows your name.

  2. Kitten says:

    Is there no one in Washington paying attention to anything that matters anymore? The VA apologized for: “A recent string of preventable patient deaths”. Who would have thought this was even possible in America today (preventable patient deaths). There are no words.

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