Jul 02 2014

Death By Government Incompetence

What a way to die – waiting on bureaucrats to get around to dealing with your critical medical emergency and finding them “out of the office”:

Time ran out for Linda Rolain.

The Las Vegas woman died Monday, less than two weeks after her family went public with details of how enrollment trouble through the Nevada Health Link insurance exchange kept her from getting treatment in January for an aggressive brain tumor.

Rolain was one of about 150 Nevadans suing Nevada Health Link contractor Xerox for enrollment mixups that left them without the health insurance they paid for.

A spokesman for Nevada Health Link was out of town Tuesday and unable to be reached for comment.

The “spokesman” was probably on vacation.

Look, federal employees do not get in much trouble for any mistake they make – no matter how serious. It is a fact of real life!

Example 1: Louis Lerner of the IRS. Is she being punished for her role in the using the IRS to harass political opponents? NO!

Look at the NASA managers responsible for the Challenger and Columbia disasters – where they fired?

Although changes were made by NASA after the Challenger accident, many commentators[who?] have argued that the changes in its management structure and organizational culture were neither deep nor long-lasting.

After the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, attention once again focused on the attitude of NASA management towards safety issues. The Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) concluded that NASA had failed to learn many of the lessons of Challenger. In particular, the agency had not set up a truly independent office for safety oversight; the CAIB felt that in this area, “NASA’s response to the Rogers Commission did not meet the Commission’s intent”.[18] The CAIB believed that “the causes of the institutional failure responsible for Challenger have not been fixed,” saying that the same “flawed decision making process” that had resulted in the Challenger accident was responsible for Columbia’s destruction seventeen years later

To my knowledge not a single person responsible for the idiotic decision to launch under un-tested conditions was held to account. 17 years later the same myopic incompetence was rediscovered. How does this make you feel when NASA even fails to learn from its tragedies?

Has anyone at the Veterans Administration been held to account after decades of intolerable wait times for critical medical conditions – which have killed thousands?

More than 1,000 veterans have died over the last decade as a result of a failure to provide care or malpractice by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the findings of a new report authored by retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).

The VA is under hot public scrutiny and even then it still bumbles about:

Doug Chase, a Vietnam veteran, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011, his widow Suzanne, of Acton, told a CBS affiliate in Boston.

In 2012, Mrs. Chase said she tried to move her husband’s medical care from Boston to the VA hospital in Bedford, so they could be closer to home, but they waited four months and never heard anything. He died in August 2012.

Ms. Chase said she received a letter in the mail two weeks ago that was addressed to her husband, saying he could call to make an appointment.

The VA is the real world example at what Obamacare will be for all of us, and it looks frightening. Even after weeks in the public spotlight, this is the result.

Was Hillary Clinton and the State Department held accountable for ignoring all the warnings about the Benghazi Consulate’s security risks, or the pending threat of terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9-11? HELL NO! And no one has been held to account for the BS lie promulgated by the White House the attack and ensuing deaths were all due to a bad movie!

The court document indicates that the government has evidence of a coordinated conspiracy to attack an American facility. “The indictment might be viewed as a death knell for a theory that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest against a U.S.-produced video,” the Washington Times reported.

How many heads have rolled for the humanitarian mess at our borders where sickness, raping of young girls and dying children is clearly occurring? This was the liberal and ignorant “Dream” of open borders. And look what reality did to it! But is anyone being held to account?

Update: How can HHS bar congress from seeing the mess Obama has created at the border?

A Health and Human Services official refused to allow a member of Congress to enter a facility in his district where some one [of] the unaccompanied immigrant children ae [are] being housed.

Representative Jim Bridenstine (R., Okla.) was told he could schedule an appointment for July 21. ““What are they trying to hide?” Bridenstine said after the incident. ”Do they not want the children to speak with Members of Congress?  As a Navy pilot, I have been involved in operations countering illicit human trafficking.  I would like to know to whom these children are being released.”

“There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held,”

HHS? They have no law enforcement authority, no right to bar access unless there is an epidemic, and even then it would be CDC not HHS - End Update

Has anyone really been punished for all the rampant incompetence behind Obamacare? The fact is tens of millions of Americans have had their insurance plans screwed up, their premiums jacked and the access to their choice of doctor and medical center stripped. Obamacare itself has nearly 3 million Americans in limbo:

The Obama administration is struggling to address to inconsistencies with Obamacare applications, having resolved just 10,000 of 2.9 million problems so far, according to an independent federal report.

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued two reports Tuesday on the federal government’s attempt to address widespread inaccuracies in Obamacare applications, the first independent study of the problem. The federal Obamacare exchange, run through HealthCare.gov, faced 2.9 million inconsistencies as of February 2014.

But because the vast majority of Obamacare customers signed up after February, it’s likely that millions more inconsistencies have accumulated in the meantime.

And what has the News Media been doing all this time? Covering it up, down playing the seriousness, promulgating the BS excuses and simply flailing around trying to find scapegoats other than those IN OFFICE who gave oaths to serve the American People!

Americans are rightfully disgusted and fed up. There has been NO accountability for the Obama administration as the corpses and ruined lines begin to stack up. None.

People never really got the concept of the “Death Panel” analogy so aptly coined by Governor Sarah Palin. The Death Panel concept was founded on the fact bureaucrats are never punished, so when their incentive is to save money they really don’t have boundaries to deal with in making their choices. If saving money means breaking “a few eggs” (read hurting people) then so be it. That is their job and that is that. Sue them, but you really can’t

Alternately, in the ‘horrid’ private sector negligence like this will cost careers and likely criminal charges with serious jail time. The private sector DOES hold people responsible. The government sector DOES NOT.

Getting back to Nevada, lets all wake up and realize Linda Rolain was just one of many Americans who did die and will die due to Government Incompetence run amok:

Local insurance broker Pat Casale, who began in May to help the Rolains with their enrollment issues, said he wouldn’t be surprised if there were at least another 100 Nevadans who face both coverage problems and “urgent and emergent” health-care needs.

“I know a few that I have right now in serious need of care — people who have actually paid premiums and have not received care,” Casale said.

They paid their money, but the bureaucrats and their 9-5 jobs with 6 weeks of leave have other priorities. Never leave yourself to the mercy of a bureaucrat to save your life (exception: armed forces and emergency responders, who technically are not bureaucrats).

Never. It could cost you your life.

The elitists will keep having their power lunches, their political cocktail parties, their fancy dinners and roasts – all the while dreaming up ignorant fantasies about how they are saving us poor peons from ourselves. See, its just not their fault.

 

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