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Action, Mr. President - NOT Another Study
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
After weeks of silence, President Barack Obama finally spoke today about the horrid, unacceptable scandal plaguing the Veterans Affairs medical care system.
This veteran, like many others I have spoken with or heard speak out on the news channels, was not satisfied with what the President had to say.
The President set the table and invited us all to have a seat. We were expecting meat and potatoes, but received a few croutons and alfalfa sprouts instead. We left the table hungry and a pit in our stomachs.
What has become all to common with the President and his Administration, when action is called for, this President must "reassess" the situation and call for an "investigation" or a committee to study what needs to be done.
Also commonplace, it seems, with the President is "learning" of problems and issues only when the media brings the situation to light.
Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CNN's Jim Acosta that the President only became aware of the fake waiting lists and veterans dying waiting for medical care when the network broke the story in the past few weeks.
Never mind that CNN has been airing the scandal since November.
Never mind that the President, then junior Senator from Illinois seeking the White House, in 2007 acknowledged the shortcomings with the VA in a speech and promised to make veterans' health care a top priority if elected to the presidency.
Never mind a 2010 study called for an immediate stop to "cooking the books" and playing fast and loose with waiting lists.
Never mind an order from the Assistant Secretary of the VA ordering a "cease and desist" order following that study to personnel throughout the medical system to end the sham practice uncovered.
This is not a time to study or reassess, Mr. President. This is a time for action.
If ever there was justification of an executive order, now is the time.
Fire those who have been irresponsible in fulfilling the commitment to our veterans. Bring in new blood who will follow orders and will ensure our veterans' medical needs are addressed in a timely manner.
Now is not the time to be giving a pass to anyone.
I and other veterans honor the decorated military service of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. We appreciate and feel for Shinseki laying it on the line during the Viet Nam War and returning as a wounded veteran.
However, being a decorated, wounded veteran is not an excuse for turning a blind eye to the apparent problems within the department which you are assigned to administer and oversee.
Our veterans deserve better than another study.
Our veterans derserve and demand the medical care they need in a timely manner.
Our veterans deserve and demand action now - NOT some time down the road after reassessing the situation.
From the Cornfield, Mr. President, this is six years into your term in office. You knew in 2007 of problems with the VA and vowed to raise the standard of treatment and care for our veterans.
Why do you need another study?
Why not issue an executive order to fix the problem now?