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More infuriating details emerge in VA health mess

Special to SEGAZINE

Outrageous reports continue to seep out of the VA medical care scandal, providing further evidence that American veterans at the mercy of this system have been victims of far worse than just incompetence.

Two recent items, one of them from just down the road, are separate parts of the same ugly story. One is about Veterans Affairs officials getting rewards they don’t deserve; the other is about VA workers not facing consequences they manifestly deserve.

The first story, of course, is last week’s teeth-grinding revelation that almost 80 percent of senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs got performance bonuses last year.

Let that one sink in a moment — (ITAL)performance(END ITAL) bonuses, which the Associated Press reports added up to some $2.7 million of our money. The good news: That’s down from about $3.4 million in bonuses to VA officials the year before. The bad news: Neither year’s total includes what AP reports were “tens of millions” in bonuses to physicians and other direct providers.

Even conceding the likelihood that dedicated front-line professionals, and probably even a few conscientious VA execs, earned their rewards, how in the name of all that’s sane do 80 percent of this demonstrably dysfunctional department’s executives merit financial rewards for job performance?

Columbus Ledger Enquirer.

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