by Duane Lester | May 30, 2014 9:33 pm
Rather than using money to hire more doctors or nurses, VA money went to people who were paid to do union business.
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid at least $11.4 million to 174 nurses, mental-health specialists, therapists, and other health-care professionals who, instead of caring for veterans, worked full-time doing union business.
The list of these taxpayer-funded union representatives at VA offices around the nation and their salaries was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act by Georgia representative Phil Gingrey’s staff and provided to National Review Online.
“So many health-care providers were on that list – nurses or physical therapists or whatever they may be – when so many veterans are falling through the cracks,” a Gingrey aide tells me. “It’s kind of shocking that these paid employees wouldn’t be fully dedicated to patient care.”
Not if you’re paying attention. : This kind of thing goes on all the time.
Are you shocked?
Hat Tip: : Weasel Zippers
See also: : Big Government, Big Unions, and the VA Debacle
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