Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., turned up the heat on the administration over the Veterans Affairs health-care scandal on Saturday, writing in an op-ed that President Obama was "nowhere to be seen" as accusations of misconduct at VA hospitals mounted in recent months. He also pitched a bill that would allow veterans to seek care at private facilities outside the VA system -- an idea that's picked up support from some unlikely quarters as the taint of scandal continues to swirl around the embattled agency. It is "the height of shame and tragedy that on this Memorial Day the nation is seized with the unfolding scandal of the government's failure to meet its highest responsibility to veterans and wounded warriors," wrote the Arizona Republican, himself a decorated veteran of the war in Vietnam. In his opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, McCain recapped the recent allegations, including the charge that VA officials at several facilities falsified waiting lists to delay needed medical … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Private hospitals could relieve VA health-care woes, John McCain says
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When President Obama was a candidate back in 2007, he pledged to remake the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the 21st century. Seven years later, and six years into his presidency, it's still a goal that in many ways seems out of reach, especially with thousands more servicemembers returning home as wars overseas wind down. The VA is roiled in scandal over allegations that numerous VA medical centers maintained secret waiting lists to conceal the number of patients who were not able to see doctors within the 14-day goal period. It's hardly the first time the agency was accused of failing to give veterans timely access to care: the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office reported on evidence of VA wait time failures as far back as 2000, while the Office of the Inspector General at the VA (the agency's internal watchdog) looked at this problem in 2005, 2007, and again in 2012. The scandal has led to a raft of other accusations. Mr. Obama spoke publicly about the issue for … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo What will it take to fix VA health care?
It would surprise no one that Earl Dresser was a stickler for the bottom line and meeting the business demands of running hospitals. But colleagues say that Dresser, longtime administrator at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, also fostered the kind of creativity that would lead to health-care innovation. “He helped train future administrators and future leaders over decades in health care,” said Roxanna Gapstur, president of Methodist. “His impact will be felt for generations.” Dresser, 93, died July 7 at Methodist, where he served as president from 1966 to 1986. As president, he was instrumental in the creation and implementation of what is now the Frauenshuh Cancer Center, the Struthers Parkinson’s Center and what is now the Melrose Center for eating disorders. In addition, he fostered 25 teaching programs at Methodist that prepared students for a variety of careers in health care. In 1986, the Park Nicollet Foundation established the Earl G. Dresser … [Read more...] about Earl Dresser, known for nurturing creativity in health care, has died at age 93
I’ll let the legal experts sort out the arguments about the health care law before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. But what seems to be missing in all the discussion about the so-called individual mandate is the practical impact of the bill on the lives of everyday people and the complete lack of a Plan B if the court overturns part or all of the law. For years I was covered by my employers’ health plans. They even took out my share of the premium so I never had to write a check. And the deductibles were small. Like most people on company or organization plans, I didn’t think much more about it. And that’s the problem with our medical insurance system. If you have a job where your employer provides health insurance, you’re ok. But what happens when you lose a job or change jobs or your employer changes plans? And what happens with all those people who work for small businesses or who can’t afford coverage or who work part-time and the like? I faced … [Read more...] about Amid the legal wrangling, where was the concern for individual health care?
UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar won't be going to a rally for government-run health care anytime soon. Lesnar, who announced his return to competition yesterday following a bout with a career-threatening intestinal infection, commented to the media on Wednesday about his illness, his experiences with health care and the changes he is making. Lesnar compared his time at a hospital in Canada to being in a third world country. “They couldn’t do nothing for me. It was like I was in a third world country,” Lesnar told the media during a telephone press conference on Wednesday morning. “I had to get outta there.” The comment followed a question about what was the lowest moment for Lesnar during his three-month battle with diverticulitis. “Probably the lowest moment was getting care from Canada,” Lesnar said. “I hate to bash them. Our health care system is a little radical, but listen, we’ve got the best doctors I believe in the … [Read more...] about Brock Lesnar’s next fight: Obamacare and Canadian health care