My answer to Are there enough veterans pissed off to overthrow the VA?
Answer by Ken Larson:
Highly unlikely. Most of us are glad to get the treatment we are getting.
We who are in the system are receiving fine service.
But the massive number of returning veterans has strained the VA Health Care System. A corporate executive from outside the system has been placed in charge. The department has been massively reorganized into 5 regions across the country to deal with a scandalous scenario of wait times and neglect in services for incoming veterans.
We forecast the above situation. It is principally due to the fact that the 5 armed forces medical records systems are not connected to the VA Health Care System and the government contractors who have attempted to develop a system to connect them have failed miserably.
" after estimated costs ballooned to $28 billion. By Congress’ count, the doomed effort – a result of the 2008 Defense Authorization Act – already cost taxpayers more than $1 billion. "
Congress is focusing on firing personnel as a remedy. In our view that is symptom-like remedy, not a solution.
We now have a corporate bureaucrat in charge of the department who is running it like a corporation, reorganizing and establishing a 5-headed bureau under him. There will no doubt be 5 separate fiefdoms to manage. Who knows what will happen to requirements for IT as existing IT system designs get split 5 ways?
Government contracting services companies are continuing to have a field day, growing rich and failing in the classic fashion we saw with the Obama Care roll out. Success is not a money-making proposition for these firms. They get their monthly bills paid as they march hundreds of service workers into government buildings to catch the latest whim of the civil service program managers as they change specifications depending on which way the wind is blowing in the massive bureaucracy.
We believe those who are lucky enough to have entered the system will continue to receive good care.
We pity those younger or seasoned injured and ill who are knocking on the door and waiting to get in.
VA MEDICAL CENTER, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA Photo: VA