Fired VA boss David Shulkin is an Obama holdover. And a good example of why there should be no holdovers.
After being dumped for cause, he’s out there posturing as a hero fighting a conspiracy to privatize the VA. That’s usually been the Bernie Sanders line. And the spin by every VA death list apologist.
There have been no consequences for the folks, as Obama put it, who let veterans die while blowing the money that might have saved their lives on solar panels.
As many as 40 veterans had died while waiting for care and 1,715 veterans in the Phoenix VA Health Care System had waited more than 90 days for an appointment. A retired Navy serviceman died of bladder cancer after being put on a 7-month waiting list after blood was found in his urine. He finally received an appointment a week after his death.
But each and every year, from 2009 to 2011, the Phoenix VA Health Care System put in solar panels. The solar panels at the Carl T. Hayden VA in Phoenix cost $20 million.
That $20 million could have saved the lives of dying veterans. Instead it went to Green Energy.
The situation at the Phoenix VA wasn’t unique. In 2009, Obama had signed a Green Energy executive order. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced that “in order to continue providing Veterans with the best health care and benefit services, VA must adapt to climate change.”
And then there’s Shulkin and his amazing European vacation.
“I came to government with an understanding that Washington can be ugly, but I assumed that I could avoid all of the ugliness by staying true to my values,” Shulkin claims. “I have been falsely accused of things by people who wanted me out of the way.”
Here are some of the ways that he stayed true to his values.
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