‘Fix This F*cking Thing’: Jon Stewart Goes Off Against Inexcusable VA Incompetence

10360808_10152414397352489_437819808_oLeave it to Jon Stewart to properly cover the incompetence surrounding VA hospitals better than anyone.  And while there’s absolutely nothing funny about these horror stories that have surfaced about secret waiting lists and veterans dying waiting for care, Stewart managed to bring everything together as he mocked the hypocrisy shown by so many who claim they “support our troops,” yet seemingly abandon them once they return home.

He started out by shredding the claim that this scandal is an “isolated” incident, pointing to a report that eight states have reported similar failures to provide timely and adequate care to our veterans.

Following that he continued to shred the “isolated” claim, pointing to a 2010 report warning of VA hospitals using “inappropriate scheduling tactics,” and a CBS News report on another memo they obtained from the VA where discussions were had concerning tricks on how to not “get in trouble” with VA officials over scheduling delays.  Essentially, they weren’t putting appointments into the system until they had an opening within two weeks, because anything over two weeks meant that they got “on the bad boys list.”

Stewart then went back to 2007 to show how this incompetence within the VA goes back years.  That’s when the Walter Reed scandal broke concerning all kinds of allegations including wait times, mistreatment of veterans and just overall horrible conditions within the hospital.  But I can assure you as someone who has an uncle who’s relied heavily on VA for his health care, problems with the quality of care go back much further than that.

But then Stewart really went off, saying, “Somehow, we as a country, were able to ship off 300,000 troops half way across the world in just a few months to fight a war that cost $2 trillion.  An amount that didn’t count towards our deficit because we paid for it somehow under the table.  Yet for some reason, it takes longer than that to get someone hurt in that war needed medical care or reimbursement.  All while we profess undying love for their service.”

He then showed various clips from different officials over the years professing their love for our troops.  Then he suggested perhaps the best way to get treatment for our vets is to declare war on them.  It was a clear shot at our government which seems to always find the funding to start wars, just seems to lack the funding to take care of those who we sent to fight the wars.

It’s a sentiment I’ve recently written about as well.  We talk a lot about the issues with VA hospitals, but the biggest issue by far is inadequate funding for proper VA services.

Stewart concluded the segment by perfectly saying, “If you want Americans to feel shock and awe, you’ll fix this f*cking thing.”

Another great segment by Stewart who hit the nail on the head, as usual.

But the question remains, will anything finally get done to properly fund these VA hospitals so that they’re equipped to provide the kind of care our veterans deserve?


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • OldCowboy

    As someone who has received 100% of his health care from the VA for the past 15 years, I have to say my experience has been a positive one. That, of course is not a reflection of a new patient trying to be seen by the system.

    The question I have to ask is, how much of this is incompetence and how much is outright understaffing? The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have created over 30,000 recognized WIAs and many more veterans with traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

  • DavidD

    In Febuary of 2013 I was told by the Temple VA that there was nothing they could do for my chronic kidney stones so they sent me home with opiates.
    By late May I had been in my local emergency room so much that they called the VA and told them to treat me or they would and then charge them.
    The VA kept me and sent me over to Scott and White a non VA facility.While at the VA I screamed for hours as they would not call the doctor for adequete medication for the stones.Finally after telling me I would just have to keep quiet they did.
    I underwent nine seperate procedures for the stones.Twice the VA had to dispatch an ambulance to get me.
    Other than that I had to have friends drive me while I doped myself up over a hundred miles both ways.Those were trips from hell particularily the ride back.I have Plebitis and blood clots and shouldn’t be taking long auto rides but they never seemed to care about that.
    They lose your records and repeat tests they already ran .They are very difficult to get on the phone and frequently you are cut off and specialist are very hard to see.
    Most of the VA staff are kind,hardworking people whose hands are tied by administrators that run the system soley for their own benifit.Also the system is poorly funded and some of the staff have just given up.
    I’ve had staff even give me their own food from home when the system “forgot me” and I couldn’t get a meal .They washed my clothes at their own home when I could not get clean ones after invasive procedures.I can’t speak highly enough of a lot of the really good people who work there under very trying conditions.

    • Dude

      Fart