The lessons the American people and the members of Congress can learn about bureaucratic over-reach and inadequate Congressional and Executive oversight can be a catalyst for change far beyond this single scandal.
The Veterans Administration Health Care System is terminally ill. It is afflicted, House VA Committee Chair, Jeff Miller, says with a "culture of corruption, lying and cheating".
Chairman Miller believes the culture problem is so severe "no amount of legislation can fix it".
The culture is a cancer on the organization –metastasized or worse. It requires immediate and radical organizational disruption – analogous to surgery and corporate chemo plus radiation!
It is time to clean house at VA Health Care
VA Health System began as the fulfillment of a moral guarantee made to American veterans since Revolutionary War to care for them when they could not care for themselves.
Fast forward a century. There is a strong social safety net - Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, Social Security Disability, Social Security Retirement, Food Stamps and Unemployment Insurance - available to all Americans.
The vast majority of our veterans are citizen soldiers. Why not consider integrating rather than duplicating these programs?
100 years ago there was no Social Safety Net for average Americans – no Social Security, no Medicare, no Disability Pensions, no Obamacare, no Federal Home Mortgage Guarantee program and no federally guaranteed student loans. 100 years ago, it made sense to establish a department that could provide these sorts of benefits to veterans of World War I who had been injured in combat and would require long-term care. After World War II it still made sense
To millions of Chrome supporters –Tonalist's owner didn't cheat, but the race wasn't fair either. The race confirmed our underlying suspicion the 1% live by a different set of rules than the rest of us.