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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/05/2017 06:53 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/05/2017 06:53 PM
Expires: 01/01/2022 12:00 AM
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VA Launches Advanced Telehealth Program For Enhanced Services For Veterans in Rural Areas

Washington, DC...Good morning. I’d like to begin by thanking Secretary David Shulkin for the incredible progress that he’s making at the VA -- tremendous strides. Thank you very much, David. We appreciate it. The veterans appreciate it, I can tell you that. Today, I’m pleased to announce another historic breakthrough that will expand VA services to many more patients and veterans. We will do this through telehealth services. It’s what it’s called -- telehealth services. We’re expanding the ability of veterans to connect with their VA healthcare team from anywhere using mobile application on the veteran’s own phone or the veteran’s own computer. This will significantly expand access to care for our veterans, especially for those who need help in the area of mental health, which is a bigger and bigger request -- and also in suicide prevention. It will make a tremendous difference for the veterans in rural locations in particular.




We’re launching the mobile app that will allow VA patients to schedule and change their appointments at VA facilities using their smartphones. So this is something they were never able to do. Technology has given us this advantage, but unfortunately we have not taken advantage of that until now.

We’re working tirelessly to keep our promises to our great veterans. Very important. And in my campaign and on the campaign trail, the veterans mean so much to me and this administration. In the past six months, I have signed historic VA accountability legislation. I have signed legislation to extend and improve the Veterans Choice Program. We’re starting to really get that to a point where choice is just becoming something that they are extremely happy about, and they’ve wanted it for many, many years.

We’re working to enable seamless care between the Departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs. We have launched a groundbreaking new website that allows veterans to compare wait times and quality of care at VA facilities and other hospitals. So we’re actually able to compete our facilities with other hospitals and other VA facilities. So we’ll really strike a little competitive advantage and I think get people moving even better.

And we have dramatically increased the number of approvals for veterans to see the doctors. So they are going to have many more doctors of their choice.

These accomplishments are only the beginning. We will not rest until all of America’s great veterans can receive the care they so richly deserve. Tremendous progress has been made in a short period of time. We’ve only been here six months, but tremendous progress has been made.

And I want to ask Dr. Shulkin, perhaps, to give us a little preview of what’s to come. Thank you.

SECRETARY SHULKIN: Mr. President, thank you so much.

What we’re announcing today is a big deal for veterans. It’s really going to expand access for veterans in a way we haven’t done before. And, as you may know, VA already has the largest telehealth program in the country. Last year we had 700,000 veterans who got telehealth services through the VA, and we actually can do this for 50 different specialties. In fact, Mr. President, if you take a look at all those specialties on this chart, we can provide telehealth services from tele-dermatology, to tele-intensive care, to tele-dentistry. And this is the type of thing that is available now to our veterans.

But what we're announcing today dramatically expands our current capabilities. Mr. President, by working with the Office of American Innovation and the Department of Justice, we're going to be issuing a regulation that allows our VA providers to provide telehealth services from anywhere in the country to veterans anywhere in the country, whether it's in their homes or any location. We call it "anywhere to anywhere" VA healthcare. That's a big deal.

Now, just think about this. That means we're going to be able to use VA providers in cities where there are a lot of doctors, and be able to use those doctors to help our veterans in rural areas where there aren't many healthcare professionals. And you talked about mental health and suicide prevention; this is one of those areas that we can really use that expertise. And today's announcement is going to allow us to do that.

What we're going to be rolling out nationally with a rollout across the country is what's called VA Video Connect. VA Video Connect allows VA providers to use mobile devices to connect with veterans on their mobile devices or their home computers. That's a big deal.

Currently, we use VA Video Connect with over 300 VA providers at 67 of our hospitals or clinics across the country. But that's beginning to roll out nationally.

And there's one more thing, Mr. President. We're going to be announcing a new technology called the Veterans Appointment Request. And what that is, is it's allowing the veteran, on their smartphone, to be able to schedule their appointments directly with VA providers, or to change their appointments, or cancel their appointments with VA providers. Now, today, this is available in all 18 of our regions across the country. And we've already booked more than 4,000 appointments from veterans directly from their smartphones so that they can schedule their own appointments.

But now we're announcing the national rollout of this. And if veterans want to see and get the Veterans Appointment Request, you can see on our website -- mobile.va.gov/appstore. The VA app store has this available for download.

So, Mr. President, what we're really doing is, we're removing regulations that have prevented us from doing this. We're removing geography as a barrier so that we can speed up access to veterans and really honor our commitment to them.

Now, let me show you how this works, Mr. President. If we come over here -- we use technology in a way that's pretty incredible. In fact, Mr. President, I'm one of those doctors. I practice right here in Washington to my clinic in Grants Pass, Oregon. And I want to say hello to our veteran today. Mr. Amescua, how are you?

Mr. Amescua is a veteran. He served in the Coast Guard for 26 years. He was a helicopter rescue swimmer and served the country. And here we are in Oregon. And this is our great team -- Peggy and Denise and Terry. And, Peggy, would you mind -- I understand there might be some area of concern on Mr. Amescua's skin. Can we take a look at that, please?

TEAM MEMBER: Yes, sir. Dr. Shulkin, this is the area that is of concern.

SECRETARY SHULKIN: Okay. So as we focus in on that, you can see, Mr. President, I can take a look at that area and if I have any concern about it we can send this to a specialist or we can take a look at it. But thank you.

Mr. Amescua, we’ll be right back with you soon. I just want to show the President a few other things, but we’ll be right back with you.

Mr. President, if you walk over here, this is actually the new doctor’s bag -- the doctor’s bag of the future. And you may actually recognize this because this is the doctor’s bag that travels with you when you go on Air Force One. And so we have Dr. Ronny Jackson, your doctor here that usually takes care of you, Dr. Jackson. And we now are able to bring this doctor’s bag into the home of our veterans. Our nurse practitioners, our technicians are able to use this type of technology now -- the same technology available to the President of the United States. And that’s the way it should be, because our veterans deserve that type of technology.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s great.

SECRETARY SHULKIN: Now, I’m going to show you just one or two other things. Dr. Neil Evans over here, one of our doctors, is going to show you VA Video Connect that I talked about. So here we are in Grants Pass, Oregon. Hi, Mr. Amescua, how are you? Can you raise your hand? Good.

So here we are in Grants Pass, Oregon on our mobile device, and this is how we can use VA Video Connect. But watch this, Mr. President. If we need to bring in a specialist from anywhere in the country into Grants Pass, Oregon, we can. So Dr. Brook Watts. Do you want to say hello, Dr. Watts?

DR. WATTS: Good Morning, Dr. Shulkin. Good morning, Mr. President. And good morning, Mr. Amescua. Thank you so much for your service.

SECRETARY SHULKIN: Dr. Watts is a specialist -- an internal medicine specialist in Cleveland, Oregon, and she is now connected in with Mr. Amescua in Grants Pass, Oregon. So we can get the expertise from anywhere in the country immediately. The VA is able to do this right now. So thank you very much.

And so, Mr. President, this is how we’re expanding access. This is how we’re bringing the very best technology available in the country. And really thanks to your help in cutting through the regulation, the Office of American Innovation, we’re able to expand that success dramatically today and to roll this out.

And as you said, with our accountability bill, our replacing our electronic medical record, the progress we’re making -- in six months we have been able to do tremendous things. But it’s just the beginning of what we’re going to do for our veterans.

So thank you very much. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Doctor. And I just want to thank him, and your skin -- I hope you skin is going to be improved. (Laughter.) You look pretty good to me, but what do I know? (Laughter.)

SECRETARY SHULKIN: Mr. Amescua, why don’t you say something if you want to say hello to the President.

MR. AMESCUA: Good morning, Mr. President, how are you?

THE PRESIDENT: Very good. You look very healthy to me, I will tell you that. (Laughter.) Please make sure your skin is perfect. (Laughter.)

Thank you very much. Great technology. Great to be here. Thank you. (Applause.)

We’re going to West Virginia tonight, by the way. We’re going to have a very big announcement, which will be very exciting I think for the media and everyone else. But we have a very big announcement tonight. I believe I’ll be making it in West Virginia, so that will very exciting.

Thank you very much.

END
11:51 A.M. EDT


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-05 20:12:18   By: Anonymous
 
From someone who avoided service multiple times as did his generations before. Hypocrite.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-05 22:27:31   By: Anonymous
     
    Look, There are personal attributes of Trump we all dislike. He is everything you tell your kids not to be, He is a braggart that has to have the center of attention and has to win. On top of that he is petty in many ways.

    Survey after survey has shown that if you take his policies and tell respondents they are coming from a Democrat. Over 80 percent of the time people are for them.

    You have to separate what he would like to do from Gold Plated braggart that is trying to accomplish them.

    He is like the tacky uncle that shows up at Thanksgiving with a new Caddie every year. Annoying, brash and just enough fun to have around that Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same without him to pick on.


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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-06 05:32:48   By: Anonymous
       
      The post that says the President is like the annoying uncle you hit it right on the the head keep spreading the word, I wish more people would get that

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-08-06 20:16:27   By: Anonymous
         
        More like an admitted and proud of it serial sexual assault uncle. Be careful he doesn't grab one of the female family memebers.

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          Re: Making America Great Again!
          Posted on: 2017-08-08 10:48:34   By: Anonymous
           
          U.S. Job Openings Surge to Record in Sign of Robust Labor Demand
          By Sho Chandra August 8, 2017

          A June surge in U.S. job openings to a record indicates demand for workers remained strong at the end of the second quarter, a Labor Department report showed Tuesday.

          The gain in job openings underscores the need for workers in an economy that’s continuing to expand. At the same time, the pool of qualified Americans is shrinking and making some positions tougher to fill, one reason economists expect the monthly pace of hiring will eventually cool. July figures released last week showed payrolls increased more than forecast while the unemployment rate matched a 16-year low, as Americans came off the sidelines to join the labor force and many found work.

          Thank you President Trump for Making America Great Again!


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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-06 07:54:52   By: Anonymous
       
      This is good work for those that deserve it. Sometimes it's just a knee jerk reaction from all he had done before. I'll try to keep that analogy in mind. Make it a good day out there, everyone!

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        Re: Ignorant Trump Haters
        Posted on: 2017-08-07 15:23:11   By: Anonymous
         
        The smug bigotry of Trump-haters
        By Tammy Bruce Published August 07, 2017

        Will tougher sanctions have any effect on North Korea?
        They told me if I vote for Donald Trump we would be overwhelmed with bigotry the likes of which we have never seen before.

        And, boy, were they right. Little did we know, however, those obsessed in their opposition to Mr. Trump were actually speaking about themselves.

        Last week was a banner one for anti-Trump bigotry. During a briefing at the White House detailing President Trump’s new immigration plan giving priority to those who, among other things, speak English, Jim Acosta, CNN’s White House correspondent, responded, “This whole notion of they have to learn English before they get to the United States, are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?”

        Mr. Acosta was widely panned for the ignorance of the remark, but it’s also an example of Michael Gerson’s phrase, “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” Coined when he was President George W. Bush’s speechwriter, it perfectly describes the smug attitude of the elite expecting the downtrodden to automatically fail, and their perpetual need for government to save them from themselves.

        Stephen Miller, the president’s aide, immediately confronted Mr. Acosta’s casual contempt. “This is an amazing moment,” he said, “that you think only people from Great Britain or Australia would speak English is so insulting to millions of hardworking immigrants who do speak English from all over the world.”

        Exactly, but it was even more than that. Not only was he wrong on the fact of the matter (54 sovereign states have English as their official language), the soft bigotry comes in the form of expecting non-Western individuals to not be able to cope, adjust or deliver when a requirement is made of them. This cosmopolitan deceit proclaims The Other as infant, perpetually unable to help themselves.

        Mr. Acosta is not alone when it comes to thinly-veiled contempt of those unlike society’s all-knowing benefactors. Stuart Rothenberg, a Trump hater and pollster with “Inside Elections,” which bills itself as a provider of “nonpartisan analysis,” tweeted this during President Trump’s rally in West Virginia: “Lots of people in West Virginia can't support themselves or speak English.”

        When confronted on Twitter about the true nature of the good, hardworking West Virginians, he agreed but then insisted they are also “close-minded, provincial, angry & easily misled.”

        Soft bigotry isn’t the purview of liberals alone. Ironically, it appears to be an affliction of many, including those in the Republican establishment, who are the most fervent at warning people about Mr. Trump’s supposed evil, bigoted bias.

        In the meantime, Trump-haters on both sides of the aisle will keep pointing at the president and his team as the problem. They are wrong and will continue to fail, reminding us every day the importance of having a President Trump.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-06 12:28:29   By: Anonymous
       
      Nonsense. Polls show people did not want to replace Obamacare (the ACA) with the Republican plans. They would like to fix Obamacare but Trump has never pushed for that.

      Polls show most people believe in climate change and favor the Paris accord Trump pulled out of.

      Polls show most people do not think Mexicans are rapists and people do not want a giant border wall.

      People would like higher wages and more jobs but Trump hasn't done anything meaningful on those issues.

      Trump is pushing an agenda that the 30 % who steadfastly support him may think they want, but even many of them realize they don't want that once someone other than Fox News explains the actual Trump policy (i.e., once they get honest news instead of fake news).

      Neither Trump nor his policies have anything close to majority support.

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        Re: Truth Prevails
        Posted on: 2017-08-06 13:29:25   By: Anonymous
         
        Polls show that a huge majority of low IQ people have no gravitas on what is being accomplished by President Trump because they listen to and believe the Main Stream Media.

        The low information voter is being fed misinformation, or should I say Biased Lies Against Trump.
        Step away from the barn carpeting and enjoy Making America Great Again.

        To wit:
        TOM BROKAW, NBC NEWS SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT: Wyoming, a wonderful classic, small-town community college, prosperous farm community voted 70 percent for Trump. So, I went around and said, where are you now?
        69.9 percent I would say at this point, they blame us.
        They say, look, you guys are all in the hands of the Democratic Party, it's a liberal cabal against this president, they don't feel any connection between what we do and how they live their lives and they are not entirely wrong. Because they look at these shows were doing analysis and commenting on this thing and they don't see anybody who looks like them who lives a life that they do.


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          Re: Truth Prevails
          Posted on: 2017-08-06 15:26:55   By: Anonymous
           
          Sounds like the WY hicks are the low IQ voters. Trump is doing nothing for them.

          And the chaos, lies and incompetence of the Trump administration have NOTHING to do with Democrats or the liberal media. It is all due to Trump. Democrats and the media don't make Trump tell lies. They don't make Trump tweet all night. They don't cause Trump to insult and fire his subordinates. They are not the reason Trump HAD NO CLUE about how to fix health care or even what was in the Republican bills. Republican Senators, not Democrats, went on tv and said they couldn't discuss the bills with Trump because Trump had no idea what any of the specific issues or details were. One Republican said Trump did not know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid.

          Trump is unqualified and that is not my fault. If you can't handle the truth, that is also not my fault. Or the medias' fault. Or the Democrats' fault. Take responsibility for your terrible choice and be glad you live in CA where your poor choice at the polls made no difference at all.

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            Re: Truth Prevails
            Posted on: 2017-08-06 18:03:35   By: Anonymous
             
            *****5stars

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          Re: Truth Prevails
          Posted on: 2017-08-06 21:29:02   By: Anonymous
           
          Unbelievable. Cite the polls. Or it you shall be undoubtedly be a trumpbot.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-08-06 13:49:00   By: Anonymous
         
        Outstanding report.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-08-07 23:31:54   By: Anonymous
         
        Why didn't the DEMOCRAT?s fix Obama care? Maybe if they read it before they passed it, they could have fixed it!!

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-08-07 23:35:21   By: Anonymous
           
          For DEMOCRATS, it's all about INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE!
          VIVA LA RAZA!

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2017-08-07 23:36:19   By: Anonymous
             
            SUCKERS!!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-06 04:04:26   By: Anonymous
     
    So you would like him to shut all this down?
    Would that make you happy?
    Many of our politicians avoided the draft, the wars or conflicts we've had.
    It not like the politicians in the old days for sure.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-06 10:47:58   By: Anonymous
       
      Ridiculous

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        Re: THE Beloved POTUS Trump
        Posted on: 2017-08-06 13:42:46   By: Anonymous
         
        Shock! MSNBC Gives Airtime to GOPer Who Understands Trump’s Appeal to Working-Class Voters
        by TONY LEE6 Aug 2017

        MSNBC and The 11th Hour host Brian Williams somehow let a Republican who actually understood President Donald Trump’s appeal to working-class Americans on the air.
        On Friday evening, former Republican strategist Robert Traynham said Trump is in his “natural space” when talking about blue-collar jobs.

        “He’s very authentic, and you have to give him credit for that,” he said of Trump’s passion for sticking up for working-class workers as a candidate and president. “That’s one of the reasons why he won.”

        Traynham said he would argue that Trump is the “blue-collar billionaire” and “for some reason, the person that’s living paycheck to paycheck in West Virginia connects with that guy. And there’s something to be said about that.”

        Despite Trump’s over-the-top rhetoric and antics, he said working-class Americans think, “that’s my guy, he’s fighting for me.”

        This week in West Virginia, Trump said though the stock market is at record highs during his presidency while the unemployment rate is at a 16-year old, politicians must still fight for “forgotten Americans” who may not be invested in the stock market or be still looking for jobs.

        "I will never forget the millions and millions of people out there that want jobs, that don’t register on the unemployment rolls because they gave up looking for jobs,” Trump said at the West Virginia campaign event. “So I accept the [record economic] number, but we all know that there are millions of people out there we love—the forgotten men and women—and they’re looking for jobs.”

        The network that produces one vile, out of touch, nasty, insufferable, sanctimonious, unbearable and, quite frankly, stupid Never Trumper after another like USC produces running backs and Penn State and the Pittsburgh Steelers find linebackers somehow let Traynham on the air to talk about Trump.

        Thank you President Trump for Keeping your promises,

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          Re: THE Beloved POTUS Trump
          Posted on: 2017-08-06 13:53:08   By: Anonymous
           
          Yes, thank you for the big beautiful wall built on the border, and thank you for beautiful cheap healthcare for all, and thank you for promising to be president for all Americans and then changing to be president especially for those who voted for him..... yes, thanks a hell of a lot Trump, you sorry excuse for president.

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            Re: THE Beloved POTUS Trump
            Posted on: 2017-08-06 14:06:29   By: Anonymous
             
            Well what did you expect?
            You didn't vote for him and call him names,.....NOW YOU want special treatment and favors?
            Idiot Snowflake!

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            Re: THE Beloved POTUS Trump
            Posted on: 2017-08-06 19:33:36   By: Anonymous
             
            He is a sorry excuse for president , not for how I voted or what I want. He is a sorry excuse because he is all BS, no matter what he is talking about.

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          Re: THE Beloved POTUS Trump
          Posted on: 2017-08-06 13:58:56   By: Anonymous
           
          Thank you trump for draining the swamp......and turning it into a snake pit.

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            Re: THE Beloved POTUS Trump
            Posted on: 2017-08-06 14:08:14   By: Anonymous
             
            What did you think was under that swamp?
            Besides Chuck U. Shumer, Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi?

            [Reply ]

            Re: THE Beloved POTUS Trump
            Posted on: 2017-08-06 18:05:12   By: Anonymous
             
            snake pit.....trump family and administration

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    Re: I'm a vet and this story is a total sham-
    Posted on: 2017-08-06 18:18:34   By: Anonymous
     
    We've had telehealth at the VA in Sonora for over 10 years. What a damn joke our "president" is. This story is ridiculous.

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      Re: I'm a vet and this story is a total sham-
      Posted on: 2017-08-06 19:36:43   By: Anonymous
       
      ***** 5 stars for bring truth to this. It is great that telehealth is available. Trump wants people to think he did it. And amazingly some will still believe did it.

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      Re: I'm a vet and this story is a total sham-
      Posted on: 2017-08-06 20:26:39   By: Anonymous
       
      But, even though trump was just looking for a photo op, it is still good that veterans know they can access medical care on mobile devices.

      Screw trump, best to veterans.

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        Re: I'm a vet and this story is a total sham-
        Posted on: 2017-08-07 22:04:12   By: Anonymous
         
        Thank you. We appreciate your support.

        Perhaps we could encourage our politicians to stop using veterans as a photo op, or a talking point, or as supposed "proof" for their own patriotism.

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      Re: I'm a vet and this story is a total sham-
      Posted on: 2017-08-08 00:18:07   By: Anonymous
       
      My Telehealth robot also makes frozen yoghurt.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-05 22:05:27   By: Anonymous
 
That's one big toaster!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-05 23:09:52   By: Anonymous
 
How did the Dr. put those 4 tiny women in that small box?

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-06 03:58:14   By: Anonymous
     
    A small box....where?

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-07 01:13:09   By: Anonymous
       
      Right next to that thing.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-06 06:40:01   By: Anonymous
 
Having a President that is actually getting things done is what we have needed for a long time! Get over your jealousy, I know all kinds of crooks in our community that have screwed people to get rich, but you all think Trump is immoral because he is wealthy, not only are you jealous, but you would rather have a z President that lied about multiple things she committed, and you gave her a pass on every instance! She didn't' deserve the Presidency, and I'm so thankful that pedophile Bill wasn't allowed to step foot in the White House ever again!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-06 09:42:03   By: Anonymous
     
    This is not something that Trump is "getting done". The program has been in effect for years before he took office. The new feature, access via mobile devices is great, but it too has been in the works before he took office.

    It is a great program for veterans, but it is a mistake to chalk it up as a Trump achievement.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-06 13:44:10   By: Anonymous
       
      You're right. This VA repair started under President GW Bush and got stalled by Obama.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-08-06 13:55:04   By: Anonymous
         
        Bull. Like most trumpian comments.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-08-06 14:23:58   By: Anonymous
         
        More trumpian style disinformation. O increased the VA budget from 100 billion to 150 billion over a five year period. The administration was first to set a goal to provide access for Veterans to Telehealth via mobile devices.



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          Re: CBS News, June 2014-
          Posted on: 2017-08-06 18:23:47   By: Anonymous
           
          Is this "trustworthy" enough for you? CB freakin'S?!

          "According to VA inspector general reports and other documents that have gone overlooked in the current firestorm, federal officials knew about the scheme at the heart of the scandal—falsifying VA records to cover up treatment delays—years before Obama became president. VA officials first learned of the problems in 2005, when George W. Bush was entering his second term, and the problems went unfixed for the duration of his presidency."



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            Re: CBS News, June 2014-
            Posted on: 2017-08-06 19:40:20   By: Anonymous
             
            What the heck are you saying? It is all scrambled up! Not even on topic, which is the new mobile phone apps for telehealth for veterans, which is a great program. But none of Trump's doing.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-06 09:41:14   By: Anonymous
 
This is bulls--t they should let the vets go to any hospital near them and let them be treated at any clinic

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-06 09:47:05   By: Anonymous
     
    It is not complete BS. Yes , veterans should be able to go to any hospital or doctors near them. But many veterans do not have those facilities near them, and some have mobility problems, others have transportation problems, and still others have employment that makes it difficult to take time off.

    Allowing veterans to handle some of their health related issues from wherever and whenever they are is a great thing.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-06 11:14:53   By: Anonymous
       
      Making health care great....not

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-08-06 11:15:24   By: Anonymous
         
        All time worst......

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-06 11:38:32   By: Anonymous
       
      But it is certainly not a Trump achievement.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-06 11:25:40   By: Anonymous
 
Remember to eat plenty of fiber so you can take a Trump daily!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-06 12:36:12   By: Anonymous
     
    My Trump gets more done than the one in the picture. And it's better looking.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-06 12:38:51   By: Anonymous
       
      If "gets more done" means eating junk food and spewing crap, sure he does.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-06 12:32:20   By: Anonymous
 
Trump said John McCain was not a hero because he was captured. Trump said he only likes military people who don't get captured.

It follows that Trump only likes veterans who don't get sick. He only likes healthy veterans who aren't all needy for government handouts of healthcare.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-06 12:35:01   By: Anonymous
 
It's too bad Trump can't remember which foot had a bone spur that prevented his serving in Vietnam because that doc probably could have checked to see how the bone spur was doing. Of course, that would just expose one more Trump lie.

Most corrupt president ever.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-06 13:57:15   By: Anonymous
     
    Trump is so twisted he can't remember which lie he said, so then he lies about it.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-06 14:10:09   By: Anonymous
       
      After eight long years of listening to Obama lie, you should be used to it by now.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-08-06 14:28:03   By: Anonymous
         
        ya,ya, ya, give it up. Every analysis of trumps statements ( you can google it) concludes that only 9-12 percent of what he says is true or accurate. He has the worst record for truth of any president since the records have been kept.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-08-06 14:33:07   By: Anonymous
           
          Trump thinks the best kind of heath care is none ..

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2017-08-06 20:22:14   By: Anonymous
             
            but...but....but.....he said he would get cheaper , better, beautiful health care for everyone. Was he just lieing to get votes?

            I think, hell yes.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-08-06 18:07:00   By: Anonymous
         
        trumpian disinformation

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Nice hair-cut
Posted on: 2017-08-07 01:16:09   By: Anonymous
 
Doctor.

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From an Honorably Discharged Veteran to Draft Dodging Trump:
Posted on: 2017-08-07 09:33:26   By: Anonymous
 
There are very few things that enrage me more, as a veteran, than having my service time used as a pawn by Republicans who want to be seen as compassionate. They fall all over themselves, drooling over and sucking up to me and my fellow vets. But, when the news cameras turn off, people like Trump and his hypocritical ilk don't give two sh*ts about me, my family, my service time, or any active duty soldiers, sailors, airman, or Marines.

Telehealth has been available for over a decade at every VA medical facility in the United States. Having been forced by the VA to utilize telehealth on many occasions, I can unequivocally say that telehealth is second class health care at its finest. In essence, it is a health professional, perhaps hundreds of miles away, attempting to diagnose a patient from a camera. The experience is as ridiculous as it sounds. It is embarrassing, aggravating and confusing, resulting in subpar doctor patient communication and, very often, a misdiagnosis.

Imagine yourself, alone in a room, talking to a screen- the doctor is looking at the eye of the camera, not you. He or she is typing away on a keypad, and cannot actually see you, the patient. Imagine trying to explain a worrisome mole, or vivid nightmares, or obstructed breathing issues. These situations are not theoretical: I have been put in those EXACT situations at the local VA clinic in Sonora. These appointments were useless, as well as degrading. I can only imagine my fellow vets, some of them in their 80's and early 90's, trying to talk to a doctor or nurse on a computer terminal.

Trump is a careless, dangerous, thoughtless fool. His advisors and administration are a disaster in the making. As a nation, we must rid ourselves of this embarrassment of a president as quickly as possible. This example of his vile stupidity (taking credit for a subpar VA program already over a decade old) is just one more time that he has shafted American voters, our nation, and our precious democracy.





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    No Subject
    Posted on: 2017-08-07 14:52:30   By: Anonymous
     
    Best President we have had in the last 9 years .

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      Re: No Subject
      Posted on: 2017-08-07 18:32:10   By: Anonymous
       
      24% approval rating and going down fast. lowest is history

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      Re: No Subject
      Posted on: 2017-08-07 19:51:21   By: Anonymous
       
      PUT HIM IN JAIL1

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        Re: No Subject
        Posted on: 2017-08-07 20:54:31   By: Anonymous
         
        Do really nice things for him, make him feel loved.

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      Re: Best president in 9 years.....
      Posted on: 2017-08-07 21:59:15   By: Anonymous
       
      Perhaps you could make an attempt keep up with this dialogue:

      IT IS A VERIFIABLE FACT THAT TRUMP IS TAKING CREDIT FOR A TEN YEAR OLD VA PROGRAM.

      HE IS A LYING DIMWIT.

      How on earth does that make him an effective commander in chief?!

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        Re: Best president in 9 years.....
        Posted on: 2017-08-08 06:43:01   By: Anonymous
         
        I see said the blind man !

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        Re: Best president in 9 years.....
        Posted on: 2017-08-08 10:31:29   By: Anonymous
         
        "A TEN YEAR OLD VA PROGRAM"?
        Ah, ...so it WAS GW Bush who instituted this program to benefit veterans.
        I knew it! Obama couldn't give a chocolate squirt about patriotic veterans care.

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          Re: Best president in 9 years.....
          Posted on: 2017-08-08 11:05:58   By: Anonymous
           
          Actually, spending for the VA during Obama's administration, 2008-2016 increased from about 80 billion to about 160 billion. 20 billion of that was for increased discretionary programs for benefits. Programs like the startup and expansion of telehealth for veterans was part of that funding.

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            Re: Best president in 9 years.....
            Posted on: 2017-08-08 16:41:30   By: Anonymous
             
            Of course. That's What President Bush initiated and projected in his funding for VA programs.
            Obama just happened to be standing in Moochelle's melon patch when the program took effect.

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              Re: Best president in 9 years.....
              Posted on: 2017-08-08 17:24:34   By: Anonymous
               
              Thanks , you admit you were wrong to say Obama didn't care about veterans. Thanks for admitting "of course" to the facts presented that he did much for veterans.

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                Re: This Vet thanks God for Obama every day-
                Posted on: 2017-08-08 23:27:35   By: Anonymous
                 
                I say that with no irony whatsoever. Under the Obama administration's caring leadership, the VA healthcare system has improved 100%. It has been my personal experience that I have had better access to more healthcare providers that accept my VA rural health benefits, I have MUCH better pharmacy services and benefits, it is MUCH easier to schedule an appointment, my particular VA hospital in Palo Alto is HUGELY expanded, I have access to better dental and opthomology services, there is a much bigger push to expand and promote preventative health services, etc. etc.

                I voted for Bush. He led us into the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. Thank God we had 8 years of a patient, sensible, and prudent Obama administration to lead us out of that sickening and totally avoidable debacle. As a nation, in the fall of 2016, we were in the midst of a robust economic recovery. Now Trump has allowed the Russians to degrade our precious democracy (a belief I risked my life for), and we are on the brink of war with Iran and North Korea. It takes a sh*tload of money to fight a war. Rich people do not pay for wars, nor do they fight them. We will then be fighting wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and with North Korea, wherever they care to engage us. Let us not forget that we are also fighting the so-called "War on Terror". The United States will be brought to its knees, both economically and socially. Trump's collusion and an ignorant and racist electorate will have catastrophic consequences for our nation.

                Believe it-Trump will do ANYTHING to avoid the consequences of his collusion with Russia, even leading us into all out nuclear war.

                One day very soon, we will look back at the Obama administration and realize that it was humanity's last gasp of sanity and safety, before we allowed our world to be run by Russian oligarchs and Trumps.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-09 21:56:40   By: Anonymous
 
Trump thinks this a Russian porn movie and two of those girls are about to start pissing on each other.

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