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VA Fix. Hurrah? Hurrah?

9:23 AM, Jul 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Agreement has been reached on the particulars of a bill that supporters say will fix the VA’s problem and as Matthew Daly of the AP reports:

The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have scheduled a news conference Monday afternoon to unveil a plan expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics, hire more doctors and nurses and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care.

The announcement has been some time in coming, which might account for the limited enthusiasm with which it is being received:

Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said the agreement was good news - although several months late. "It's about time they're doing their jobs … You don't get a medal for doing your job.”

Also, one thinks, more money and more flexibility may not necessarily root out the corruption revealed to be systemic at the VA:

… which has been rocked by reports of patients dying while awaiting VA treatment and mounting evidence that workers falsified or omitted appointment schedules to mask frequent, long delays.

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