Known Knowns: Part 1

By: Monday June 2, 2014 7:15 pm

There is a certain ironic symmetry in the resignation of General Eric Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs—the final act of a personal tragedy, perhaps not Shakespearean but pathetic nonetheless.


Obama Furiously Orders Another Study Of Veterans Administration

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 1:15 pm

President Barack Obama is apparently very “angry” about the scandal surrounding the Veterans Administration he has presided over for five years. The VA has often been in the spotlight for dysfunction going back to the Walter Reed scandal of the Bush Administration. A scandal Obama campaigned on for president as something that would not happen on his watch.

Come Saturday Morning: Newt, Mitch, and the Veterans Administration

By: Saturday May 17, 2014 6:45 am

If there’s one thing the Republicans are good at, it’s creating a big mess and dodging the blame for it.

Veterans Day 2013

By: Monday November 11, 2013 6:30 pm

Today is November 11, 2013. Veteran’s Day. Ninety-four years ago was the first observance known initially as “Armistice Day”:

Come Saturday Morning: Best Care Anywhere

By: Saturday November 2, 2013 6:45 am

The US health care system overall produces worse outcomes (and for more money) than any other system in the developed world, and the best health care in the United States comes not from any of the fancy-dancy expensive hospitals usually considered our “best”, but from the hospitals run by the Veterans Administration. The first point
is well known by most well informed people; the second is not, yet it’s been the case ever since President Clinton did a major, and genuine, reform of the Veterans Hospital Administration nearly twenty years ago.

Number of Homeless Iraq, Afghan Veterans Doubles

By: Friday December 28, 2012 6:00 am

One of the Vietnam War’s legacies was a generation of homeless veterans – traumatized by war and uncared for by the system that happily used them for its own ends before leaving them to the streets. Now, despite constant crowing about reforms at the Veterans Administration and treatment for mental illness in the military, it seems America will have another generation of homeless veterans thanks to our adventures and misadventures overseas.

Is the GOP Serious Enough About the Debt to Stand Up to PhRMA?

By: Tuesday May 31, 2011 8:40 am

The GOP is demonstrating their seriousness about the federal debt by holding the debt ceiling hostage, screaming “We’ve got to reform Medicare TODAY!” as a means for cutting government spending. But that’s talk — loud talk, to be sure, but talk nonetheless. How serious is the GOP really when it comes to trading cuts in Medicare spending for an increase in the debt ceiling?

One way to find out is simple: push for Medicare to be able to negotiate drug prices in the same way that the VA already does.

PhRMA might not like it, but we’ve all got to share in the sacrifices, right?

Where the Proposed Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Falls Short

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 4:50 pm

This morning, it just so happens, there was a field hearing of the House Oversight Committee in Baltimore. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who represents the area, called the hearing, which featured the mayor of Baltimore and the Governor of Maryland, among others, to examine the foreclosure crisis and the abuse carried out by mortgage servicers. I got a chance to talk with the star witness yesterday.

Bowles-Simpson Outline Cuts Pay, Raises Health Care Costs for Soldiers

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 8:30 am

On this day as we pause to remember our soldiers, airmen, midshipmen and Marines, remember that Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson want those men and women to get paid less, spend more for their health care and have their houses and workspaces left to rot.

Catfood Commission: Increase Retirement Age, Cut Social Security Benefits, VA Co-Pays, Corporate Tax Cut

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 12:55 pm

Keep in mind that this is more of a shock doctrine document than a blueprint; they have no support on the commission for all this, and they’re trying to gather it with this early release.

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