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 >>
The recent scandal involving the horrific conditions and appalling lack of care at some of the Veterans Affairs medical facilities is dogging the Obama administration. CNN correspondent Jake Tapper took them to task for doing nothing despite having been apprised of the problems at least a year ago. Assurances that these are isolated instances have become more difficult to maintain, as new allegations involving more VA hospitals keep emerging. President Obama has called for an investigation, but stated he has "full confidence" in Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, drawing further indignation from those who believe that heads should roll.
Republicans are eager to pin this on the President, whose party is already struggling to avoid massive losses in a mid-term election year. In the hunt for more details and expedient scapegoats, however, the larger lessons are obscured. Here are three:
Lesson One: this is not the first time that the VA has been embroiled in a scandal involving poor care and bureaucratic mismanagement. more >>
Retired neurosurgeon and conservative darling Ben Carson scored big points with the audience and actor Terry Crews in an appearance on ABC's "The View" Tuesday when he argued that welfare "doesn't provide a way out of poverty."
Carson who appeared on the show to promote his new book 'One Nation' was asked by Crews if he thought the welfare system in its current state is racist.
The neurosurgeon who was raised by a single mother argued that welfare works against people who are seeking to become independent productive citizens. more >>
Professor Brendan Bain, one of the Caribbean's pioneers in clinical infectious disease practice and a leading medical authority on the HIV epidemic in the region, was fired by the University of the West Indies this week for testifying that men sleeping with men is a danger to individual and public health.
Bain who served as director of the Regional Coordinating Unit of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network gave his testimony on behalf of a group of churches that lobbied to retain Belize's sodomy law in 2012.
CHART works to "continually strengthen the capacity of national healthcare personnel and systems to provide access to quality HIV & AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support services for all Caribbean people." more >>
President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that there will be a thorough investigation into the allegations of veterans receiving inadequate medical care across the country, noting that this has been a decades-long problem that needs a major response.
"We know that it often takes too long for veterans to get the care that they need. That's not a new development. It's been a problem for decades," Obama said at a press briefing in Washington, D.C.
"Folks who have been fighting on the battlefield should not have to fight a bureaucracy at home to get the care that they have earned." more >>
Twenty abortion clinics in Texas have closed after an abortionist who practiced out of a Dallas facility, the most recent closure, was unable to obtain admitting privileges at area hospitals.
The Northpark Medical Group abortion clinic that is affiliated with two other clinics owned by Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen, who has allegedly killed babies born alive during routine late-term abortions, has closed its doors.
According to Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, when she and other pro-life advocates first started petitioning lawmakers to craft a bill requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at area hospitals, they had no idea that so many would be considered a liability, and thus unable to obtain privileges. more >>