Mike Pence is the most senior vice president in American history, and his job title is the highest rank a president can attain.
But if he’s going to be the next vice president, Pence has one job he can’t miss.
If he wants to keep his job, he needs to get the education benefits that are guaranteed to every American.
That’s because, under President Donald Trump’s administration, the VA’s system for helping Americans afford their VA care has gotten more complex, more expensive, and less transparent than it has been in decades.
This is one of the reasons Pence, as vice president and currently a member of Trump’s transition team, is now seeking a waiver to allow states to expand their state-based VA health insurance programs, as some states are already doing.
“It is very important to us that we have a very transparent, accountable, and accountable system,” Pence said in an interview with Wired last week.
“So we are really concerned that if we don’t have that system, we’re going to see problems with the entire healthcare system in this country.”
Pence and Trump have repeatedly claimed that the VA is not underperforming and that the Trump administration is going to fix it.
But for decades, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has been an inefficient, bureaucratic mess that has created more problems than it’s solved.
In recent years, the VHA has become even more expensive and complicated.
And because the VHAs main goal is to provide health care for veterans, it has often been the target of Republican and Democratic congressional and policy critics alike.
In 2016, Republican senators voted to cut $3.4 billion from the VA, effectively making it the least transparent and least effective federal health care program in history.
The VA’s website is a mess.
In the early 2000s, the federal government estimated that veterans who had been waiting for care for more than a year would need an additional 18 months for an average medical visit.
But that estimate had been wrong.
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that the average wait time for a VA outpatient visit was actually just two months.
It took the agency until 2010 to fix its problem, but the VA was still using outdated technology to do its job.
The agency also didn’t even bother to check the status of the people who received care.
When people died in VA hospitals or died of untreated conditions, the agency only checked their medical records.
But as Vox’s Ryan Grim explained in the fall of 2016, the problems with VA’s technology have only gotten worse.
In some cases, the computer systems are so outdated that the agency can’t even tell which states the people died from.
The backlog of claims for treatment for veterans in VA facilities is so large that the system has to keep going to try to accommodate as many claims as possible.
In 2019, the government announced it would start phasing out electronic medical records by 2020.
But even that plan has been delayed.
In March of 2021, the Department of Veteran Affairs announced it was planning to end electronic records in 2020, as well.
“The VA’s healthcare system has been failing veterans for decades,” says Robert O’Hara, a veteran and a veteran health care advocate.
“That’s the problem.
If we’re not fixing it, then what are we going to do?”
The VA has made a number of reforms over the years, including moving to a computer-based system that would help it make better use of its limited medical resources.
But the VA has also made it harder to actually verify veterans’ claims.
“VA doesn’t have a system to verify claims,” says James Hodge, who served in the VA from 2005 to 2010 and is now a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
“They don’t want to go back to that old-fashioned system of checking medical records and then seeing the records of the veterans.
They don’t like that.”
And as a result, the number of claims that are processed each year in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VAWA) has grown from about 200,000 in 2010 to about 800,000 today.
The Trump administration says that VAWA has helped the VA “improve its efficiency and improve its effectiveness,” and in 2017, it awarded VA $2.6 billion to improve its records management system.
But many veterans are concerned that it has not improved at all.
The problems with veterans’ medical records have grown so serious that they have taken on a life of their own.
In December 2017, former president Joe Biden, who ran the VA for eight years, announced that he would retire.
After years of waiting for the VA to fix the problem, many veterans and their families are now looking for new and better ways to get VA care.
The biggest obstacle facing them is a lack of accountability.
The current VA system was created in the aftermath of World War II, when the government was desperate to address the growing number of American soldiers who had come home from Europe during the war. But after