A two-month feud between the state, which has been turned away from inspecting VA hospitals, and the feds, who run the facilities, escalated Wednesday when Gov. Rick Scott said he is planning to sue for access.Of course this is just political fodder but if he can privatize, well he has an interest.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials have repeatedly advised Scott and Liz Dudek, secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, that states have no legal authority to inspect federal hospitals.
Scott and Dudek called out the VA, saying the beleaguered agency — and the veterans it serves — needs Florida's help.
"Transparency and accountability are critical to supporting our veterans, and this suit will fight the federal VA's continued practice of stonewalling our inspectors," Scott stated in a news release issued Wednesday.The VA needs Florida's help !!!! Really? Hey Scott I am so ready to debate your sorry butt on this, it is all I can do to keep from driving to Tallahassee. 6 deaths a day of civilian Floridians is not enough for you? You now want some veteran medal knotches on your Death panel belt?.
The VA disputes that there has been any stonewalling. Mary Kay Hollingsworth, regional communications director for the VA, said her agency has made numerous attempts to explain to Florida officials that they have no authority over the VA.
Hollingsworth added that she isn't aware of Florida officials ever trying to inspect a VA hospital before the recent attempts.
Wanna see something really scary? This guy overseeing things at the VA?