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  •  and Bush had huge warnings in 2004 (7+ / 0-)

    about how out of control things were getting. He ignored them. Mush like he ignored 9/11 warnings.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri May 30, 2014 at 09:24:00 AM PDT

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    •  Mother Jones has some good analysis out (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Fri May 30, 2014 at 09:54:04 AM PDT

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    •  I've heard pretty much these same stories since my (2+ / 0-)
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      uncle came home from Korea in 1953. The BIG difference now is that so many veterans think VA care is good to excellent. Back then, VA health care was widely believed among its recipients to have been second rate -- or worse.

      If the WHOLE truth comes out, people will learn that our entire medical system -- not just for veterans but for everybody -- is badly damaged if not completely broken. A few years ago, when my husband went in 6 months from being a daily runner to walking with a walker to using a wheelchair while going from 175 to 125 lbs., it took 4 months for his primary care physician to get him an appointment with a local neurologist who referred him to another neurologist a few hundred miles away who also had his own 4-month waiting list. The first thing I did every morning during that wait was check to see whether he was still alive.

      System wide, we do NOT have enough physicians, and we will have fewer and fewer on a per-capita basis as long as the incentives to assume the debt load for training and the work load as an employee of some huge medical corporation are so dispiriting. These corporations are actually doing Kafkaesque time/motion studies to get physicians to see more patients faster than one every seven minutes!

      As Ronald Reagan asked (I'm paraphrasing), "do you hear that giant sucking sound?" That's corporate executives at for-profit hospitals, medical centers, and insurance companies slurping up the biggest chunk of the resources that should be available to treat both veterans and the rest of us.

      Firing Shinseki won't change much at all.

      "Portion of the adolescent prisoners in solitary on Rikers Island who have been diagnosed with a mental illness: 7/10." Tell someone.

      by RJDixon74135 on Fri May 30, 2014 at 10:47:21 AM PDT

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      •  And I think keeping him would have made a (1+ / 0-)
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        ...statement that Obama and he were going to FIX it. NOW. Like Sebelius. She had his confidence. Hell, she was ready to step down, but she COULDN'T because of the shitstorm of the rollout.

        They've sent the wrong 'message' by firing him, or by accepting his resignation. Eh. Giving in to GOP maniacs has been a bad habit of this administration from the very first day.

        "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

        by DaddyO on Fri May 30, 2014 at 12:07:02 PM PDT

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      •  The VA system should be better, but (1+ / 0-)
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        wait times are ridiculous in general. I finally got health insurance under the ACA and it took 3 months I believe to get my first family doctor appointment.

        It's not just the VA. The VA should be run better, but who in America gets a first appointment with a doctor in under 14 days?

        When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

        by PhillyJeff on Fri May 30, 2014 at 01:38:14 PM PDT

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