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Sun May 26, 2019, 06:20 PM

Trump administration breaks campaign promise, purges 200,000 VA healthcare applications

"The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs is absolutely unacceptable,” presidential candidate Donald Trump said when speaking at a rally on Oct. 31, 2015, in front of the retired battleship USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va.

"Over 300,000 — and this is hard to believe, and it’s actually much more than that now — over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care," said Trump.

Trump’s strong condemnation of the Obama administration’s handling of the backlog of hundreds of thousands of veteran benefits claims made him the overwhelming choice for many veteran voters in 2016.

But after two years in the White House, the Trump administration has decided to execute a plan to purge 200,000 applications for VA healthcare caused by known administrative errors within VA’s enrollment process and enrollment system — problems that had already been documented by the Office of the Inspector General in 2015 and 2017.

In purging this massive backlog of applications, the VA is declaring the applications to be incomplete due to errors by the applicants, despite the OIG findings and in violation of the promise Trump made to fix the system. This purge has the dual effect of letting the VA avoid the work of processing the applications and absolving the agency of any responsibility for veterans’ delayed access to health and disability benefits.

Under the supervision of Dr. Richard Stone, the executive in charge of the Veterans Health Administration, VHA managers last November instructed the agency’s IT staff members to purge over 200,000 pending healthcare applications.


https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/trump-administration-breaks-campaign-promise-purges-200-000-va-healthcare-applications

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CousinIT May 2019 OP
sheshe2 May 2019 #1
democratisphere May 2019 #2
UTUSN May 2019 #3
JohnnyLib2 May 2019 #4
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 2019 #5
Freethinker65 May 2019 #6
badhair77 May 2019 #7
Corgigal May 2019 #8
lpbk2713 May 2019 #9

Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 06:27 PM

1. Just in time for Memorial Day.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 06:36 PM

2. "drumpf the vile" is exterminating our veterans by denying them with

well deserved healthcare.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 07:11 PM

3. K&R

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 07:53 PM

4. Visibility is truly needed for this travesty.


K & R

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 07:59 PM

5. What else do you expect from Cadet Bonespurs?

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 08:06 PM

6. And Trump will boast he solved the backlog problem at the VA!!

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 09:06 PM

7. Note this is from the right-leaning Washington Examiner.

Purging applications is abhorrent.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 09:11 PM

8. Seems like Dr. Richard Stone

needs to fear some disabled veterans.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 10:52 PM

9. "Support the troo ... nah, never mind."



"I've got a wall to pay for."

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