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The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to pay $900,000 to settle a wrongful death suit brought by the family of Cliff Douglas, a Washington man who died after the VA Puget Sound office failed to schedule him for surgery when he was diagnosed with melanoma. The VA paid out at least $7.2 million to settle wrongful death claims against the Puget Sound office between 2001 and 2014.

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  1. The VA paid out at least $7.2 million to settle wrongful death claims against the Puget Sound office between 2001 and 2014.

    That’s a lot of money. I’d hate to be one of the stakeholders in the VA.

    1. Its OK, they are used to this by now…

  2. Interesting, I can see a Richman article on the american sniper not being a hero (this outta be fun) on my smartphone via pulse, but not on the computer…

    1. There was an aryicle yesterday which disappeared when I reloaded to get the freshest comments. I have even forgottem now what it was called.

  3. I’m sure this would never happen under a single payer system.

    1. You’re right. The gov’t won’t pay off on any wrongful death claims under a single-payer system. That doesn’t mean the wrongful deaths won’t occur, but…

    2. The government would just engage in America-bashing, the one acceptable form of xenophobia left.

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  5. That image is frightening in its self-awareness of the whole system under Obamacare.

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