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house Bill H.R. 3234

Does the VA Need Teams Focused on Improving Failing Medical Centers?

Argument in favor

There’s an urgent need for reforms within the VA, and veterans who need health care can’t wait for the bureaucracy to fix itself. Allowing teams of top managers and medical professionals to take control of failing VA medical centers will improve the quality of care that veterans receive.

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02/10/2016
"[I dream of a country] where every veteran who defends this nation gets the quality health care and benefits they have earned and receives the respect they deserve.” [politico.com]
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02/10/2016
"The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is absolutely unacceptable. Over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care. Corruption and incompetence were excused. Politicians in Washington have done too little too slowly to fix it." [donaldjtrump.com]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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02/10/2016
“I’m still not satisfied… We are not going to let up. We’re going to keep fighting for the resources you need.” [washingtontimes.com]
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Argument opposed

The rules that govern hiring and firing at federal bureaucracies like the VA are there for a reason, and they shouldn’t be circumvented even when trying to improve the performance of failing medical centers. A lack of resources at the VA is a bigger problem than the personnel running certain medical centers.

John's Opinion
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02/10/2016
The VA needs to have to compete with private hospitals. Give the vets medical insurance they an use anywhere.
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Loraki's Opinion
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08/30/2016
Countable's Summary says, "This bill would establish an Office of Failing Medical Center Recovery headed by an Under Secretary within the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (#VA). The Office would assume managerial and day-to-day operational control of each failing VA medical center, deploying teams of medical professionals to take charge of and improve standards at failing centers. These teams would have unique legal tools at their disposal, including direct hiring, enhanced personnel accountability, and simplified contracting authorities." This means creating MORE BUREAUCRACY, in hopes that they'll perform better than the bureaucracy we already have in place! How about starting by "cleaning house" (firing the managers) at ALL of the failing VA Medical Centers?! In the meantime, let our veterans go to GOOD medical centers to get the care they need! Let's see some ACCOUNTABILITY for the mess that is the VA! Heads should roll (metaphorically speaking)! And be SURE that protections are in place for whistleblowers!
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Jorge's Opinion
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08/30/2016
You do not fix bureaucracy with more bureaucracy. Fix the problems at the top not throw a bandaid on it.
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    "[I dream of a country] where every veteran who defends this nation gets the quality health care and benefits they have earned and receives the respect they deserve.” [politico.com]
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    The VA needs to have to compete with private hospitals. Give the vets medical insurance they an use anywhere.
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    "The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is absolutely unacceptable. Over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care. Corruption and incompetence were excused. Politicians in Washington have done too little too slowly to fix it." [donaldjtrump.com]
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    “I’m still not satisfied… We are not going to let up. We’re going to keep fighting for the resources you need.” [washingtontimes.com]
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    Keep the promise.
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    The VA needs a complete overhaul to become efficient again. The VA needs to get rid of decrepit systems, outdated methodologies & antiquated computers that offer no benefit & cannot adequately support our veterans & their families. Veterans gave their minds, bodies, time & in some instances their lives; it's time we gave them more than a raw deal.
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    Countable's Summary says, "This bill would establish an Office of Failing Medical Center Recovery headed by an Under Secretary within the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (#VA). The Office would assume managerial and day-to-day operational control of each failing VA medical center, deploying teams of medical professionals to take charge of and improve standards at failing centers. These teams would have unique legal tools at their disposal, including direct hiring, enhanced personnel accountability, and simplified contracting authorities." This means creating MORE BUREAUCRACY, in hopes that they'll perform better than the bureaucracy we already have in place! How about starting by "cleaning house" (firing the managers) at ALL of the failing VA Medical Centers?! In the meantime, let our veterans go to GOOD medical centers to get the care they need! Let's see some ACCOUNTABILITY for the mess that is the VA! Heads should roll (metaphorically speaking)! And be SURE that protections are in place for whistleblowers!
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    This bill paired with H.R. 3106 (which reforms construction of new VA hospitals) will begin the turnaround of the VA. I'm not usually for such aggressive oversight but we need to begin to treat our veterans with the respect that they deserve and unfortunately the VA has show it's not equipped for the job just yet.
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    Too many vets are dying outside of war
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    You do not fix bureaucracy with more bureaucracy. Fix the problems at the top not throw a bandaid on it.
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    Close the VA- provide vouchers so vets can get care anywhere!
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    Trump will fix this. We have enough government.
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    Professionals who have proven records for increasing efficiency should help fix this embarrassing problem.
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    Fire "leadership" of the failing hospitals, and replace them with proven performers.
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    They have plenty of employees, what they need is leadership!
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    The VA needs to get their act together. Perhaps letting them go to private will spur the government to get their ass moving faster. Nothing moves slower than the government not even a slug just my opinion. Just my opinion
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    The current VA system is not functioning and should at least pretend to care for our nations veterans.
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    Not just vets! But yes
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    I want Trump!
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    Look at all the concern during an election year. I am really leaning towards closing the VA and using the money to fund access through local facilities the vets choose. Issue a "VA card" and get the politicians out of managing it. Imagine what would happen if UPS an FedEx took over the USPS.
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