A $15 Billion Cure Can’t Fix Veterans’ Care at U.S. Agency

Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama speaks at Fort Belvoir, an Army base south of Washington, before signing a bill aimed at improving the health-care system for the nation's veterans and ensuring a “culture of accountability” at the Veterans Affairs Department. The law gives the secretary of the VA new powers to fire agency executives for misconduct, permits veterans to seek private health care if waiting times at a government facility are too long and authorizes spending of $17 billion over five years to expand medical care and reduce case backlogs. (Source: Bloomberg)

Leaders of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs asked Congress for more than $15 billion to end long wait times for medical care for tens of thousands of vets. They got the money, but little has changed.

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