By Betsy McCaughey, New York Post
Sharon Helman, the face of the Veterans Administration scandal, finally got sacked on Monday.
Helman was the director of the Phoenix VA, where vets needing medical care languished on secret lists. It took seven months to fire her. So much for the “VA reform” law that Congress passed last August.
Nearly all the managers guilty of manipulating waiting lists, lying to vets and covering up are still getting paid. They have their jobs or they’re collecting paid leave or they retired with full benefits.
As for vets getting their promised Choice Cards to escape waitlists and see a civilian doctor, don’t hold your breath.
The Phoenix revelations prompted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to offer a bill last May that would enable the VA secretary to fire senior managers linked to the secret lists. Rubio said the secretary must be able to “fire executives underneath him if they haven’t done their job.” But the Veterans Committee chairman, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I.-Vt.), killed the bill. Sanders, a self-described socialist whose top campaign contributors are unions, insisted on protecting “due process” rules that make it as hard to fire federal workers — even top managers — as it is to ax an incompetent New York City public-school teacher.
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