August 14, 2012

Oh, the Country's In the Very Best of Hands


How's the Sooper Genius Executive Talent Due to Take Over America's Health Care Working for Veterans?

Let's review: VA office stacked 37,000 files on cabinets after running out of storage - U.S. News

At the VA's Winston-Salem Regional Office in North Carolina, an estimated 37,000 claims folders had been stored on top of file cabinets, according to the Inspector General's report released last week. Those piles had been stacked two feet high and two rows deep. The file cabinets were so close to each other that drawers could not be opened completely. More files had been stored in boxes on the floor and stacked along the wall.

A load-bearing study found that the weight of the files exceeded the floor's capacity by 39 pounds per square foot.
"The excess weight of the stored files has the potential to compromise the structural integrity of the sixth floor of the facility," said the Inspector General report. "We noticed floors bowing under the excess weight to the extent that the tops of file cabinets were noticeably unlevel throughout the storage area."

[More grisly DETAILS HERE.]

This particular office handles a mere 770,000 veterans' various disability and medical claims and records. Just imagine what it and other offices like it across the nation are going to be able to do with the records and needs of 320 MILL-I-ON! citizens.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 14, 2012 7:32 PM
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An elderly relative in my family keeps trying to convince me that "electrifying" medical records in ObamaNoCare will save trillions of dollars, and therefore ObamaNoCare will not only pay for itself but might even generate a surplus.

Posted by: Boots at August 14, 2012 8:57 PM

The point of the exercise is to NOT provide the service AND to drown in paperwork. Then the next wave of commiecrats will demand more funding and more apparatchiks. Competence, like truth and prosperity, is not a left wing value.

How can they go on the snipe hunt for the counter-revolutionaries that are sabotaging the Dear Leader's Five Year Plan if the plan works?

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Posted by: Scott M at August 15, 2012 2:28 AM

People have to ask themselves the question of what motivates companies or organizations to do a good job and provide good service. There are people who will do you good just because they are good people. Organizations, governments, and corporations -- hell, even churches are not good. They may have good people in them, but a collective is not a person.

I can depend on a corporation or a business to act, if not for my benefit, at least for its own bottom line, which generally means providing some level of decent service.

Government bureaucracies have no bottom line. They are not trying to generate a profit. In fact, if they use up all their funds this year they are that much more likely to get a bigger budget next year. That's the way it works. If you expect to get good service from a government agency, especially one insulated by the service workers' union, you have to pray fervently that you happen to draw one of those individuals who just wants to do you good because they are good. Even so, that good worker will find himself or herself fighting the inertia of the collective blob that has no motive except to absorb more money and grow ever larger.

Posted by: mushroom at August 15, 2012 4:40 AM

Tuttle. Buttle.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh at August 15, 2012 4:53 AM

Boots: A neurologist should evaluate the relative for dementia.

Posted by: Fat Man at August 15, 2012 8:42 AM

When my father was alive, he had dementia, and my sister was doing the paperwork for him. They would ask for receipts. So she sent copies. Then it was, no, they wanted the originals, so she sent the originals. Then they wanted totals. They don't know how to add? They kept asking, doesn't he have an advocate? They sent her someone else's paperwork, and he had written something to the effect that he had never had a problem with them until recently; he really sounded ticked off.
I got the impression that they were giving ordinary citizens the run around so that they would give up and let some government paid "advocate" do the work.

Posted by: mjazz at August 15, 2012 6:55 PM

I've worked in places that were like that. The feeling was one of despair, that no matter how hard you tried you were going to get flattened by teh paperwork.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at August 16, 2012 12:55 PM