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Operation Enduring Wait - Jon Stewart

Offbeat  (tags: Jon Stewart, Operation Enduring Wait, Veterans, veteran health care system, Obama Administration 2009 promise, backlog, unacceptable, Americas Heroes Return )

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The Obama administration's 2009 promise to create a seamless, computerized health record system for veterans proves elusive. Jon Stewart may do this in a humorous way, but at the end, he lets everyone know, there is nothing at all funny about this.

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Christeen A (368)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 3:34 pm
You can never go wrong with Jon. Thank you.

JL A (281)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 4:51 pm
Given that the DOD system included contractors and "Butler said DoD has more than 100 commercial-based systems combined that make up its electronic health record system." (2012

I'm not surprised behind schedule-seems whenever the government uses a contractor that time schedule is not met (along with over budget/contract amount).

Laurie H (817)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 6:06 pm
So What else is new? Jon tells it the way it is~~~ Thanks Sheryl!!~

Cathe romano (52)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 6:23 pm
Stewart is priceless, and correct at the same time. Thanks for sharing.

Pat B (356)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 6:29 pm
Jon's the MAN.!! He's spot on. Loved the part, "GIVE to the Vets, not TAKE from vets...Thanks, Sheryl for this.!

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 8:26 pm
Jon Stewart is priceless and he never fails to make his point in the funniest ways possible! Thank you Mourning Dove for the serious giggle.

Jaime Alves (52)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 2:22 am

jan b (5)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 3:20 am
I just heard from a VET who went to a facility recently in Florida and said he was pleasantly surprised at how he was treated and the overall visit. I personally wouldn't expect anything of this magnitude connecting all these facilities, physicians would be done very quickly but it's true this is out of my league.

Lynn D (0)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 3:24 am

Daniel Partlow (179)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 5:54 am
Our Vets certainly deserve better!

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 6:04 am
I don't think the issue so much is the care once one is approved for the care, it's getting the initial approval Janice. I know several Veterans that go to the local clinic in Daytona that seem to be satisfied with the care and service. We have a new hospital recently built for the Orlando area, which is just to open or might have already opened, that will make it easier for those in this area, as before one had to go to Gainsville, a longer drive, so that is an improvement.

It seems to be the backlog of initial claims for various disabilities that one obtained via their service, that they may qualify for not only the medical care but perhaps some income to help them as well.

divergent revolution (309)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 6:23 am
Aho, Dandelion
I love the daily show, had a vision of me being a guest discussing my book. ..we shall see.
I love Jon for he is the best punmaster I've seen, and I have a pun making hobby..I had something crucial to say, and it flew out of my mind....I'll be back.


Sheryl G (363)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 7:18 am
Are you sure it didn't float It happens to me as well. Part of the territory I guess. Good luck on book, I'll be watching, and on Jon's program as well. I've placed the Vision out there.

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 9:07 am
Love me some Jon. He's always dead on and does it with humor. Our military servicepersons are entitled to these benefits and deserve better treatment than waiting almost forever to get what they need. It should be not only an embarrassement to all of us but most especially to those craven warhawks, whom most have NEVER served a day in the service but who blithely send our people into wars for profit and empire, it should be an endellable stain on their souls for this shabby treatment of those who come home in pieces. They (politicians) make me sick!!!!!

Gene J (290)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 9:46 am
Great clip. You know, it sounds as if the VA operates on much the same systems as did the Army during my service which began just over 45 years ago. They had a manual for EVERYTHING, step by step procedures for even the embarrassingly slow like me. I've been through a real life conversion from paper files to electronic case files and I have to tell you, it can be done. It takes time, yes, but it can be done. My own experience with the VA has not been fraught with the difficulties Jon highlights, though I may experience some of that myself as there are some things I do need to do with them. I just haven't yet. And it looks like I might as well continue procrastinating since I'll probably be long gone before they get around to looking at the paperwork. There are inefficiencies built into the system as it exists, to do some things I need to use two systems, which do not talk to each, but do provide helpful links so that you can get to the other system and re-enter all the data you had to enter in the first to the second, just so that it can recognize you. Maybe the DoD doesn't know this, but there are private contractors who will come in, for a fee, and computerize everything for you. Someone should tell them. Maybe the IRS?

Joanne D (38)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 11:51 am
Serving in payroll during the conversion from a paper to an electronic pay system was such a pain in the back of the lap they gave us a RIBBON for it. After it was over of course. Maybe they should promise all the VA personnel medals or something. (And they should get the countractors OUT. Privatization ALWAYS means paying more for less result.)

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 12:40 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting Dandelion.

Denise Doychak (54)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 12:49 pm
Noted. Thanks Dandelion.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 1:12 pm
I'm no expert on computers and this one system talking to another system, but I would think, after 4 YEARS and 1 BILLION Dollars later, that system should of been up and running.

I mean seriously? A Country that put a man onto the moon, the geeks that we have who are young and good at computer stuff that live in this Country, we couldn't put some of them into a room and moved this along?

What the hell did we get for 1 BILLION DOLLARS? Do you know how many of our service men and women we could of helped for 1 BILLION DOLLARS?

Disgraceful.....absolutely disgraceful.

linda n (3877)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 2:31 pm

Diane K (134)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 2:47 pm
Good information with a little humor. Thanks for posting.

Russell R (87)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 6:31 pm
Paper is safer!

Judith Hand (55)
Friday May 24, 2013, 8:50 am
Noted. I don't know that I've ever not enjoyed Jon Stewart. I know that humour saves me on some of the worst occasions. Great that Jon's been able to keep at it for so long.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:36 am
I agree with that Russell, paper is safer, if....they used more industrial hemp so that trees were not cut down, that redundant forms were eliminated, we don't need triplication, ie. files wouldn't be so heavy, and if enough people were hired to move the paperwork along quicker. We have so many who need jobs, put them to work.

Government workers pay taxes, government workers buy things, government workers so long as they were not making bombs I have no issue with. Spend our taxes for government workers that make our lives better not on the war machine that makes things worse.

Stop duplication. I recall as a State worker when everything was suppose to go paperless, it didn't, all it did was give us extra work. We had the new forms that had to go into the computers to be keyed in by those workers yet we still had file folders too for other things, so extra papers kept being added on, one under the old way and more for the new system. At the same time employees were being cut back due to cutbacks. I suspect something is similar going on here.

Judy C (97)
Friday May 24, 2013, 10:20 pm
You probably hit the nail on the head with that last statement, Dandelion. We are feeling the effects of the sequester and austerity, and so the existing system isn't working, and there's little hope of transitioning from paper to computers. The government in general is operating now with fewer workers and less money in their budgets. So added to the formidable pile of paper, is the fact that there would be no funds to hire more people to process it. However, if those in Washington gave a damn about something other than shielding the elite from paying their fair share, they could appropriate some funds to hire contractors for this project. They find enough money to pay a bazillion contractors to do God knows what in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 6:27 am
This is very true Judy, but when one has a Country operating ONLY for the Profit of a few, who do not even want to pay taxes, this is the mess one gets into. The Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan are making money, as you say, for what, it doesn't even seem to matter if it's helpful to the people in Iraq or Afghanistan. Meanwhile, those who depend on our system for their education, the safety net programs, or to treat honorable the returning Vet the money isn't there.

This is a terrible way to run a Country, for the few at the expense of the many. Then blame the most vulnerable for the reason as to why the system is not working.

By the way, while we are building bridge "over" there another one of our bridges fell into the water today, for being as the National Bridge Inventory Database listed the bridge as "functionally obsolete," widely defined by public officials as not built to current standards and demands.

How many more fall into the rivers, how many more schools get shut down, how many more die without medical help, how many more of our Veterans wait after going off to the bloody wars of lies? When do the American people get it?

lee e (114)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 12:54 pm
Talk about a "job opportunity" program - a fleet of workers hired for this purpose alone might solve an immense problem - in fact why not hire Vets to go through those stacks of backlog and enter them - I guess that is too simplistic - after all who can trust a vet? Fact is they don't want to spend the money! They just want to send them to fight their dirty wars!

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 3:21 pm
Noted. Dozens of stars for all your comments, Dandelion. As I watched this the other night, I was cheering and applauding Jon's words. So glad he's continuing to question the system with such strong comments. Our veterans come home and are "invisible" to most of the population. Jon makes them visible again.

Sherri G (128)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 1:56 am
You Bet Jon tells it like it is. Our Veteran's deserve prompt processing of their claims and health care treatment. I notice congress gets their pay increases without waiting. When a member of the armed services are given an order they can't take their time doing what they are ordered to do because the task is difficult. The government is over due taking care of the men and women who put their lives on the line for this country. Time to change that. Noted TY Dandelion

Gina Caracci (219)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:12 pm
Amazing what can be done when one WANTS it to be done..
This is a disgrace..Veterans should be cared for the MOMENT THEY TOUCH HOME BASE. PERIOD. THEY deserve the benefits that congress has and DID NOT EARN.
Theres ALOT of people unemployed..Ive done data entry in the past...put me in that warehouse..
The combining of the databases? PLAEEEEESE!! this could have been done YEARS AGO and in a few months time. They HAVE THE PROGRAM, but its just not important to them.
Green stars ALL AROUND!
Thx Dandelion!
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