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June 26, 2014

VA Flags "Disgruntled" Vets

So says Michelle Malkin. Just what makes someone a Disgruntled Vet?

Apparently, speaking up about wait times or the quality of care:

Imagine how much better off America's veterans would be if the federal government spent more time delivering actual care and less time compiling tyrannical lists. The death-inducing secret waiting lists for patients are just the tip of the iceberg.

Did you know, for example, that the Department of Veterans Affairs keeps a database on "disgruntled" and "disruptive" vets that results in arbitrarily restricted care?

Disabled Air Force veteran and veterans advocate/attorney Benjamin Krause has been raising questions about the system for months and warning his peers. Under the VA policy on "patient record flags" (PRFs), federal bureaucrats can classify vets as "threats" based on assessments of their "difficult," "annoying" and "non-compliant" behavior.

The VA manual says the flags "are used to alert Veterans Health Administration medical staff and employees of patients whose behavior and characteristics may pose a threat either to their safety, the safety of other patients, or compromise the delivery of quality health care."

That last phrase is priceless. Untold numbers of vets are dead, and legions more have languished because of the VA's failure to deliver "quality health care." The Office of Special Counsel just confirmed to President Obama this week that vets across the country were exposed to contaminated drinking water, dirty surgical tools, untrained doctors and neglectful nurses -- and that whistleblowers were retaliated against or ignored.

Yet, the VA's soulless paper-pushers seem more preoccupied with flagging and punishing "disruptive" vets who have dared to complain about their disgraceful treatment and abuse.

Get this: Among examples of patients' behavior referred to the VA's "Disruptive Behavior Committees" (yes, that's what they're called): venting "frustration about VA services and/or wait times, threatening lawsuits or to have people fired, and frequent unwarranted visits to the emergency department or telephone calls to facility staff."

As Krause explains, the Disruptive Behavior Committees are secret panels "that decide whether or not to flag veterans without providing due process first. The veteran then has his or her right of access to care restricted without prior notice."

Hmmm. We suspect that when this traveshamockery is fully investigated by the administration, we'll find that Republicans are really to blame for this mess.

"Disruptive Behavior Panels". One is tempted to make the expected joke about death panels, but frankly we're having a sense of humor failure at the moment.

Posted by Cassandra at June 26, 2014 07:53 AM

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As the ACA advocates used to say before the scandal broke, the VA is the model for what national health care will look like. Stand in line, be quiet, wait as long as we tell you no matter what, or you'll get put on a list of 'ungratefuls' who will be provided the absolute minimum or left to die.

It's too much power to invest in a government's hands.

Posted by: Grim at June 26, 2014 11:15 AM

I just love it when progressives cite the military health care system as the model for single payer.

I think I've been to the doctor more times since I got my own health insurance than I ever did in 30 years in the Marines.

And I get way better care, too. And I can get appointments when I need them. And I don't have to plead with them to get 'standard of care' medications.


Posted by: Cassandra at June 26, 2014 12:06 PM

I've been telling people for years that they didn't want government health insurance.
Some people gotta learn the hard way.

Posted by: DL Sly at June 26, 2014 03:53 PM

What's truly awful about this is that none if the villainry is surprised enough to disagree.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at July 6, 2014 04:06 AM