VA hospitals fund solar panels while veterans wait for doctors

Jack E. Kemp

This VA scandal story just keeps growing. You're not supposed to turn a VA Hospital into a solar energy pilot program while you take away money from medical budgets. So it seems that Don Quixote, The Man from La Mancha who tilts at windmills, is now in charge of allocating funds at our VA Hospitals. And, with his farm girl turned noble lady love Dolcinea, he is fighting his own version of opposing an imaginary War on Women. Well, at least Don Quixote had a code of honor in his dealings with people.



VA hospitals fund solar panels while veterans wait for doctors

By Tori Richards / June 27, 2014 /

Veterans Administration hospitals have spent at least $420 million on solar panels and windmills while vets wait months — or even lay dying — to see a doctor.

In total, VA hospitals reported 23 deaths due to 76 instances of delayed care, an April 2014 VA fact sheet said. Then on June 5, Acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson revealed that at least 18 Phoenix patients died while waiting for treatment on a secret list kept off the books. It is not clear if that number is in addition to the 23 deaths reported earlier. During the past month, the scandal has resulted in the resignations of both the VA secretary and the leaders of its health care component.

According to a June 3 audit, 100,000 veterans had lengthy wait times for appointments. Of the nation’s 216 VA hospitals, 37 percent will require further investigation.

A whistleblower revealed Tuesday that seven of the patients listed on the Phoenix VA hospitals waiting list are already dead. That same Phoenix facility spent $20 million to build the nation’s largest solar carport. Phase one of the project was completed in 2011. The hospital also had an $11.4 million shortfall that year, an Inspector General’s report stated.


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Comment by Gary L Ratliff on June 30, 2014 at 11:18am
The monies used to build the solar carport were aquired through a specific congressional appropiation and by law the Phoenix facility has no authority to use thoes dollars for any purpose other than the solar project. It's called (fenced) money !! Annual bugeted (O&M) dollars are the only monies the Director has management authorities. If they had an 11.4 million shortfall in (O&M) dollars, I'd fire the budget guy !!
Comment by Thomas on June 30, 2014 at 6:03am

Governments are not sustainable under the regime of the laws of nature which prevail on planet Earth.  They will self-destruct and it will be their own ignorance and stupidity that will be the "weapon" which causes their demise.  Uncle Sam has already committed a form of hari kari that is a dishonorable act.   

Comment by John Bellaire on June 30, 2014 at 1:07am

This is so Obama! Veterans are allowed to die without help so the global warming farce can be promoted. Well, I suppose the government already got what it wanted from the vets. They just spent a few years or more serving their country and many risked their lives and for what? To be forgotten or get screwed by the VA if they were hurt or when they get sick or get old? When corruption goes unpunished we will just get more of it.

Comment by James R Wixson on June 29, 2014 at 7:58pm
It's razor to buy solar panels than to pay for improvements that reduce patient wait time because the solar panels don't need union approval. Any idea that threatens worker "security" week be shot down by the union.
Comment by Janis Eisenstark on June 29, 2014 at 7:54pm
If you don't use up the budget, you get less next year, a lesson from NY corporate.
Comment by Barry Gabrielson on June 29, 2014 at 6:53pm

Payoffs for doners is way more important that savings human lives!  Same with winning elections.  These are all colaterial damage so that Satan stays in power.  Why not?  Who is going to stop corruption at the VA, IRS, DOD-IG, State Department, DOJ?  Answer, no one.  Keep voting progressive, keep destroying this nation, one by one.  When are party going to rise up, put an end to this madness, make those responsible accountable?  When is enough enough?  

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on June 29, 2014 at 6:41pm

I am not suprised.

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