Meanwhile, an investigation by VA’s inspector general has found that its Philadelphia office imposed inappropriately long waits for pension claims and doctored records to cover them up, among other alleged abuses.
This comes on the heels of last year’s sensational revelation of long wait times and data falsification at the VA hospital in Phoenix — which cost Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and several top lieutenants their jobs.
Until that crisis, ironically, VA had been perceived as a good-news story, based on a successful modernization begun under President Bill Clinton. However, recent events suggest that the agency’s dysfunction is more deeply rooted than it appeared and that maybe it’s time to consider more radical surgery — if not abolishing VA, then at least abolishing VA as we know it.
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