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  •  Yeah...if he stays as long as she did... (3+ / 0-)

    ...i.e. 6 months, we're finished in 2014...and not by a hair, either.

    Adequate health care should be a LEGAL RIGHT in the U.S without begging or bankruptcy. Until it is, we should not dare call our society civilized.

    by Love Me Slender on Thu May 29, 2014 at 10:20:04 AM PDT

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    •  it will take longer than 6 months to fix the VA (1+ / 0-)
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      I guess we're screwed either way.

      I say, fix the problems now. Worry about who gets to keep their jobs later.

      •  And what will the funding be after the GOP... (0+ / 0-)

        ...keeps the House and takes the Senate in Nov? How will we fix the problems then?

        We need to cut our losses with this one. It's not like Benghazi or the IRS. It's shorting and hurting our vets...and if we allow the guy running the department to stay, we hitch our wagons to his sinking ship.

        Adequate health care should be a LEGAL RIGHT in the U.S without begging or bankruptcy. Until it is, we should not dare call our society civilized.

        by Love Me Slender on Thu May 29, 2014 at 10:45:54 AM PDT

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        •  Fixing the VA won't simply involve firing the top (2+ / 0-)
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          guy. If it's just for the sake of politics and improving the President's poll numbers, history shows that presidential firings are going to have little effect on approval ratings. Fixing the VA will involve shortening down the waiting times, adding more doctors and nurses, more accountability for employees involved in any wrongdoing. Those and more will be meaningful in fixing the VA healthcare system, and it'll take more than 5-6 months. Firing the top guy just because it looks and feels politically good won't solve the problems and Obama's numbers won't likely be changed. Sometimes you have to leave politics out of this.

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