Obama has improved VA, despite GOP hurdles

2014-06-13T00:00:00Z 2014-06-13T19:49:04Z Obama has improved VA, despite GOP hurdlesBy Bob Rusbasan nwitimes.com
June 13, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The media masters are directing attacks against the Obama administration regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (whose care is rated from good to excellent) without any mention that the wait problem was created by Republicans.

Since President Barack Obama has been in office, he has increased funding and allowable benefits, and significantly reduced the huge backlog he inherited from George W. Bush. There has been scant mention that Senate Republicans blocked legislation in February that would have greatly expanded health care by opening 27 new VA health facilities. Every VA organization was in favor of this bill.

The two-faced outcry by the GOP is not surprising since they did not mention our soldiers a single time at their last presidential convention. Would they have passed the bill if the VA were privatized?

Possibly they are getting even with Gen. Eric Shinseki, who justly criticized the way Bush and Donald Rumsfeld were running the Iraq War.

- Bob Rusbasan, Dyer

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