Back in March 2007, when the Manchurian was burnishing his credentials in the Senate and planning his improbable run the for the presidency, a failed VA hospital was in the news. It was the Walter Reed Medical Center, a VA hospital with such vile conditions that it shocked the nation.
I wrote about it in 2010 (“Tour of Central Planning Failures: Walter Reed Medical Center“) as a precautionary tale for what Obamacare would be doing to us all.
Reyes suffered third-degree burns on his leg when a nurse left him in a shower unattended. He was unable to move himself away from the scalding water.
A review by the Department of Veterans Affairs of 1,400 hospitals and other veterans care facilities released yesterday has turned up more than 1,000 reports of substandard conditions — from leaky roofs and peeling paint to bug and bat infestations — as well as a smaller number of potential threats to patient safety, such as suicide risks in psychiatric wards. <Washington Post 3.27.07>
And here we are in 2014, with dozens of VA hospitals now in the news for bureaucratic mismanagement that apparently directly caused the deaths of 40 veterans who died while waiting for care.
Why didn’t Barack Obama make changes as president in the years since 2008, with the Walter Reed scandal so fresh in his and all our minds?
I would guess it’s because he doesn’t care.
This is obvious when you realize that Obama and his team had no idea about any of what is going on in the Department of Veterans Affairs and its hospitals.
When CNN’s Jim Acosta asked yesterday when the president first learned about “these fraudulent lists,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said: “You mean the specific allegations that were first reported by your network out of Phoenix, I believe, we learned about them through reports. That’s when, as I understand, Secretary Shinseki learned about them.” So the administration was in the position of reacting to the media. <source>
So, Mr. Carney, your best option was apparently to say that Obama had no idea at all about what his government is doing and not doing.
Barack Obama is a disgrace to the veterans and a disgrace to all Americans, and Jay Carney is a disgrace to himself every minute he stays in the job of spokesman.