Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned from his position following major scandals connected to the health care system for veterans. President Barack Obama, who just last week commissioned an investigation of the system, accepted his resignation on Friday and said that there is no time for "distractions."
"With regret, I accepted," Obama said about Shinseki's resignation, The New York Times reported.
"He has worked hard to investigate and identify the problem," the president added, noting that Shinseki admitted that "the V.A. needs new leadership to address it. He does not want to be a distraction." more >>
Former actress and abortion counselor Emily Letts, who posted a video on YouTube that allegedly shows her having a surgical procedure for an early first trimester abortion, is being called out by some pro-life advocates as having possibly faked the video due to its glaring inconsistencies.
Letts, 25, is working as an abortion counselor at the Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey, and was awarded a cash prize from a pro-abortion group for submitting a 3-minute video of herself allegedly having an abortion as an entry in the "Abortion Stigma Busting" contest. Her video has already garnered over 2 million views on YouTube and she also wrote a column that was published in Cosmopolitan magazine to help promote the abortion video.
In 2003, the clinic that employes Letts paid an undisclosed settlement in a malpractice lawsuit that was filed against the facility after the abortionist on staff, Charles Benjamin, performed a second trimester abortion on a 17-year-old student from Pennsylvania without obtaining parental consent. more >>
Lila Rose, president of the pro-life youth led organization Live Action, distributed a 60-page six-year investigative report on Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, to members of Congress Wednesday, asking them to defund the organization.
According to Live Action's multi-state investigative report, "Lies, Corruption, and Scandal: Six Years of Exposing Planned Parenthood," which was distributed to members of Congress and is available online here, Rose and her investigative team have documented the abortion provider covering up the sexual abuse of children; aiding the sexual exploitation of girls; accepting donations to abort black babies and girls; and not informing women about post-abortion PTSD, among other illicit and illegal activities.
To launch their new national campaign, Rose, along with volunteers and interns, walked the halls of Congress to deliver their findings to Republican and Democratic Senate and House members, asking them to review the report and pass legislation to stop using taxpayers' dollars to fund the abortion provider. more >>
The problem with the U.S. Veterans Affairs giving inferior and delayed care to veterans is a good window into the future of Obamacare. Both the VA and Obamacare suffer the endemic problems of a government-run single-payer system (aka socialism) -- no choice of doctors or hospitals, no insurance companies, broken promises, lengthy waits and bureaucratic cover-ups.
Before President Barack Obama was elected, we were assured by experts writing in the mainstream media that the VA was a U.S. health care leader and a model for the country. The New York Times oracle Paul Krugman wrote in 2011, "Yes, this is 'socialized medicine,' but it works, and suggests what it will take to solve the troubles of U.S. health care more broadly."
Obama made a lot of big campaign promises about the VA to reassure veterans. The VA scandal is now embarrassing front-page news that he can't ignore, but he continues to pretend that there is no systemic problem in the VA system. more >>
Conservatives are arguing that the current scandal involving Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals supports their view that the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," will not work well. Liberals counter that the VA scandal involves isolated incidents; with better management and more resources VA hospitals can provide a shining example of government run healthcare.
The current VA scandal, still developing, first became news when a Phoenix, Arizona, newspaper revealed that 40 veterans died while on a long wait list at a VA hospital. Further investigations uncovered that documents had been forged to conceal the problems and administrators at the hospital were given performance bonuses. The investigation has now expanded to 26 VA facilities suspected of providing false information about patient wait times.
The scandal provides a window into the future of government run healthcare under the ACA, some conservatives have argued. more >>
A medical doctor working at Phoenix Veteran Affairs' post-deployment clinic has revealed that even seriously injured Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are being forced to wait for months to receive the care that they need despite a national mandate giving them priority access.
"People that are 100% service-connected that are polytrauma were waiting anywhere from six to 10 months to get into a new appointment when I found out about 'em," Dr. Katherine Mitchell said on CNN's "AC 360°" on Wednesday night.
"We're talking about people that were injured by being blown up by IEDs. We're talking about people who had a mental breakdown and have severe PTSD and ... are having trouble functioning." more >>