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White House Babysitter sent to VA for Scandal and Transition Oversight

Rob Nabors

Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors has been assigned as the unofficial White House babysitter to Veterans Affairs starting with the Phoenix investigation two weeks ago.

Mr. Nabors will oversee VA during its transition and scandal investigation under Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson. This is likely an attempt to provide serious damage control in the run up to the elections this November.

Jay Carney was cited by The Hill stating that Mr. Nabors was staying on with VA despite the resignation of Secretary Shinseki:

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that he could not “predict an exact timeline” for selecting Shinseki’s successor. In the interim, deputy secretary Sloan Gibson has taken over the department in as acting director.

“We’re going to look diligently for a new VA secretary, and we hope to confirm that successor and fill that post as soon as possible,” Carney said.

Carney also said that work on an internal review by White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors was continuing despite Shinseki’s resignation.

Mr. Nabors is a well known political dealmaker. Hopes were high within certain circles that his assignment to evaluate the Phoenix VA scandal on the ground would bear fruit. Though, the evasive testimony provided by VA to the House Committee last week is a likely indicator that the White House intends to play hardball.

VA redefined the Wait List as ‘Interim Work Product’ to justify its destruction. Based on even this bit of legalese indicates the road will be a tough one for those pushing for transparent accountability. This means that if the scandal is sorted out, it will be under very controlled circumstances.

At a time when it is clearly growing difficult to track names and backgrounds, I thought it was a good idea to highlight Mr. Nabors and his accolades while working under President Obama.

Here is Rob Nabors bio per the White House:

Rob Nabors is Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and previously served as Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs. Nabors also served in the Administration as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget and as Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff.

From 1996-2001, Nabors served in the Office of Management and Budget in a series of roles, including Senior Advisor to the Director and Assistant Director for Administration and Executive Secretary. From 2001 through 2008, Nabors served on the House Appropriations Committee, eventually becoming the 13th Clerk and Staff Director of the Committee.

Nabors received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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  1. To all of you, I truly believe we “WORK AS A TEAM TO START CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT. I HAPPENED TO KNOW WAY MORE THAN ANYONE WHO IS PUT IN PLACE TO CLEAN ANYTHING. I HAVE STATED GET ANY MEDICAL RECORDS FOR THE VA. YOU SEE, THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT, “I NEED ASSISTANCE TO GET MY MEDICAL RECORDS, AND I REALIZE “HIPAA LAWS” I NEED TO SIGN A RELEASE FORM, ( if you are disabled, let them know email, then scan back if you can, keep all documentation, most importantly, realize those that usually work in a basement with medical records, you may get delayed, but ask for the supervisor, this is very important-“BE SUPER KIND, LET YOUR ANXIETY SHOW, TRUST ME, WE DO GET THAT ANXIETY FEELING! IF YOU HAVE TO BEG, DO IT. THE RULE IS, “MAKE FRIENDS WITH THOSE WHO ARE LESS APPRECIATED ON A DAILY BASIS.”) WORKING IN MEDICAL RECORDS ISN’T EASY JOB-AS A CODER, I OFTEN HAD TO FIND THE BEST CODE TO COMPLETE AN ORDER FOR A HOME HEALTH NURSE TO ADMINISTER MEDICATION-YES, I SURE HAVE WORKED WITH RECORDS, BUT TRUST ME MORE THAN THAT! SO MY KNOWLEDGE BASE IS EXTENSIVE AND AS THE SAYING GOES, “A LITTLE BIT OF HONEY CAN GO A LONG WAY!”
    MY MEDICAL RECORD IS A FICTIONAL ACCOUNT OF MY PTSD FOR ASSAULT, TWO MST, ONE WAS SHORTLY AFTER THE ASSAULT. I WAS EXTREMELY PISSED OFF THAT THEY SENT A “RAPE KIT,” I STATED DURING THE ACTUAL ACCOUNTING OF EACH EVENT AND DON’T BOTHER WITH MACY WOODSIDE, BUT DO YOU THINK THAT AFTER 32 YEARS YOU WILL SEE EXTERNAL BRUISING, ANY LEFT OVER SPERM ESPECIALLY WHEN I HAVEN’T HAD SEX FOR A LONG TIME, BECAUSE OF MY DENIED BACK CLAIM YOU ALL STATED WASNT WORTHY INFORMATION. A FRIEND HERE WHO TOLD ME, “ACT A LITTLE DUMB, PRETEND YOU KNOW NO NOTHING AND PRESENT AS QUESTION THAT YOU JUST WANT TO UNDERSTAND. TRUST ME, “WORKED!”
    They are going to get so much research material from me that I hope the “know it all’s there, get the reality check that I have researched, know a whole hell of a lot, and when it comes to documentation? Can we so “oh oh, lots of mistakes doctors!’
    They wish do do a C&P on me, a woman I stated, let me find out because my husband plans were to be in court for two weeks and I need to find out my sons schedule. These people are messing with the “wrong person.” You cannot make a demand, after a person explained her circumstances and you just think you can do whatever shit you want! Let me tell you, not how it works! I stated, “if you wish to come here for the second C&P, after I requested please so all in one day.
    ( And don’t call the sleeping beast who hadn’t slept 48-72 hours you will hear all my pent up frustrations with a shit for brains doctors I keep encountering, record it, but get this, DO NOT CALL ME TILL AFTER 3P-1500 HOURS AND NEVER ON THE WEEKEND LIKE I HAVE ASKED AND NOW I BELIEVE I AM BEING IGNORED-SO I SURE DID LET MY BEAST RIP THIS GUY A NEW ONE-“CURSED LIKE A SAILOR!”
    MY ADVANTAGE IS I KNOW CORRECT PROCEDURES WITH MEDICAL RECORDS, CODING, AND WHEN A DIP FOR BRAINS WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE INTERNS? SERIOUSLY DUDE, MY DOCTOR WILL SCHOOL YOU!” (HE RAN A HOSPITAL HERE IN THE DALLAS AREA, BUT HE LIKES PATIENT CARE AND NOT POLITICAL MOVES IN WAYS TO DECEIVE THE PATIENTS FOR EXPENSIVE DRG’S.
    I AM IN, ARE ANY OF YOU READY TO JOIN? I AM GOING TO FIND LAWYERS, A GAME ONLY PLEASE, BEST EVER ENJOYMENT-“THE ADMIN WOMAN SOUNDED LIKE A SQUEALING PIGLET WITH HER VOICE GOING UP SO HIGH WHEN I STATED I HAD MY RECORDS.
    “WHAT MESSAGE SHOULD TELL EACH OF YOU? THAT SHOULD TELL YOU THAT IF THEY INSPECT THE RECORDS, THEY WILL CORRECT THOSE ERRORS, DO YOU THINK WE WOULD KNOW IT?”
    KENNY MARCHANT VA GUY HAD A CHANCE, BUT I AM NO FOOL MAY ACT WELL, IT WAS HIS CHANCE TO SHOW INTEGRITY, ETHICS, MORALS AND TRULY ON THE SIDE OF A VETERANS.
    Let me know! I let them know you shall have to give me time to send information because I AM DISABLED AND IN EXTREME PAIN.
    Denise-( with blessings, with spirit to fight for one and all as a team!) .

  2. It is interesting to note that the Dallas VA Director on Fox News,( so honest aren’t they?) stated, ” he was aware of some back ups with clinical settings but hasn’t heard any complaints and service.” ( who gave him the Kool Aide?) meanwhile another news station, ( whom I wrote a quick note to) is so overwhelmed with the amount of complaints and not “happy camper care.” Two songs come to mind with all this lying scandalous crap; “a Magical Mystery Tour,” OR R.E.M. ” it’s the end of the world as we know it,” ( but I feel fine-yes, Obama that seems to truly fit the delusional B.S. Veterans deal with!) hey POTUS! YOU SUCK!

  3. American Veteran

    Nabors visited the Phoenix VA on Thursday, May 22, to supposedly look into the problems there.

    However, prior to Nabors’ visit, an email from Phoenix VA interim director, Steve Young, to whistle-blower Dr. Katherine Mitchell indicates that Nabors’ visit was nothing more than a publicity ploy to whitewash the scandal.

    Young told Mitchell that Nabors would not meet with key people that could accurately portray the problems going on at the VA there.

    These key people in the know would be patient advocates, union members, Suicide Prevention Team Members, Information Safety Officer staff, VA police, and nursing supervisors.

    Instead Nabors only spoke to VA staff that were susceptible to retaliation and thus prone to coercion.

    This means that these staff, out-of-fear for their jobs, would down-play the problems.
    What a convenient strategy by the White House ‘Cleaner’, huh, to minimize information harmful to Obama?

    To further his deception to the American public, Obama had interim VA Secretary Sloan Gibson release a press statement early this morning that downplayed veterans’ outrage over the VA scandal.

    Gibson stated, “Ten years of external validations have consistently shown that, on average, Veterans who use VA healthcare rate our hospitals and clinics as high or higher in customer satisfaction than patients give most of the nation’s private sector hospitals.”

    Anyone unfamiliar with how the VA assuages these customer satisfaction numbers to their political benefit only needs to look at Ben’s and other commenters’ blistering responses in other blog posts that show that the VA deliberately ignores external criticism of veterans who left the VA for better private medical care.

    Here is a perfect George Orwell quote modified to describe what Obama is having Nabors do with the VA scandals:

    Nabors: ““You are a slow learner, (Veteran) Winston.”

    Veteran: “How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”

    Nabor: “Sometimes, (Veteran) Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”

    DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR YOUR VETERANS’ PRIVILEGE!

    1. I just have to state, in the fall of 2011, I had been looking for a job with no success, also relationship issues, ( amazing, we arrive at my uncles and gets in the same bed with me, my Aunt and Uncle were like “HUH?” Exactly how I felt as well too). But is had gone to the VA there that fall of 2011, to seek out treatment which should be an automatic let me in idiots, PTSD from an assault, 2xMST issues, one was a couple months “AFTER” the PTSD event. Now, this intake person I was getting pretty damned pissed off. She wanted my marriage certificate, not needed dear. “SEPARATED?” Then which AFFEES in Los Angeles, CA., I stated, “look you know where you can see it on your screen but are playing games and that is a bit of a pissing game. So why don’t you TELL ME HOW MANY DENISE L. VINCIGUERRA’S YOU HAVE HAD JOINED ON 03/29/1979? ARE YOU STATING A WHOLE LOT, BECAUSE ALL THE ONES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ARE RELATED.” ( I also let her know I left on Memorial Day Weekend, damn it, had beach plans!)
      That is nothing more than a damn game, which should not happen anywhere. If I had my way? I would inspect each individuals actions and behaviors. And the shocking news folks, many times it’s the professionals who enact these horrible procedures. It should not be tolerated no way at all. BUT IT IS DONE IN SO MANY VA FACILITIES THAT IT IS SICKENING!

      MY GAME? LAST THURSDAY A PERSON WAS SUPPOSE TO CALL, WANDA. I STATED IF THAT IS THE “WANDA” THAT WORKS WITH KENNY MARCHANT OFFICE AND HIS MR. HAYES? DONT BOTHER.” THEY STATED IT WASN’T. WELL AS THE PARTNER WAITED AS I, NO CALL OF COURSE! SO I WILL BE A HUGE THORN IN THIS DIRECTORS SIDE. I CALLED AGAIN AND STATED. ” YOU KNOW I AM READING MY RECORD, AND I AM NOT SURE HOW YOU ALLOW INDIVIDUALS TO CONTINUALLY, QUESTIONS THEY ARE TO ASK ME, GEE ANSWERED BUT NOT BY ME. YOUR OH SO PERFECT “WHY ARE YOU IN MY ER WASTING MY TIME WHEN YOU SHOULD MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?” ( this lady has no idea what my qualifications are, just perfect!) AS WELL AS THE FIRST VISIT STATING I CAME IN FOR A DISTENDED BLADDER x 3MONTHS. (UM NO, MY BACK YOU TWIT!) AND I HAD TO CHASE DOWN MY RECORDS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF AN INDIVIDUAL AND THE LAST VILLAGE IDIOT WHO IS OVER THE INTERNS? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? MY DEAL WAS NOT PART OF A CHRONIC ISSUE, THIS IS ALL NEW, WHAT YOU “WISH TO DO,I’VE DONE IT ALL AND MORE. YOU SEE A GOOD DOCTOR WOULD ASK HOW MUCH HAVE YOU HAD DONE, WHAT HAVE YOU TRIED, NOT AUTOMATICALLY THINK “SHE WANTS DRUGS, YES, THAT IS ALL IT IS. (SUPER JACKASS AWARD SHOULD BE HANDED TO SEVERAL AND YES WALKING PAPERS!) THERE ARE NURSES AND OTHER DOCTORS WHO WISH TO SERVE AT THE VA BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT MUCH TO GIVE BACK! HEY VA? CAN YOU GET IT? BUT THE LAST ONE WITH THE PARTNER THERE, THIS NURSE REFUSES TO LISTEN REGARDING PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY OF THAT IT DOESN’T WORK, THIS IS NERVE AND BONE, AND I HAVE 4 HEATING PADS, I REALLY DONT NEED MORE.”
      SO WHO I DISCUSSED THIS WITH TODAY ASKED DO YOU WISH YOUR RECORD AMENDED?” ACTUALLY, I THINK WE ARE BEYOND THAT POINT DEAR, THERE IS SO MANY LIES, SO MANY WORDS THEY PICK AND CHOOSE, AND DO YOU EVEN TEST TO SEE IF THESE NURSES KNOW HOW TO SPELL OR EVEN WRITE CORRECT NOTATION? YOU DO REALIZE THIS IS CALLED A “LEGAL DOCUMENT, RIGHT?” (GEE, MAYBE I SHOULD THINK OF A GREAT ATTORNEY FOR THAT CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT. I AM SURE THE REPORTER WOULDN’T MIND LETTING THE OTHERS KNOW.) I believe now she is going to see who this nurse is. And also the hockey puck being shuffled around. You see, I am blessed, if you wish to call it that, my blood pressure wakes me up, I can’t explain it, but glad it let’s me know.I as stated, have my own background in medicine, I took a fast acting pill, it lowered it. I had called again to be seen again at another clinic, I just want stability and a professional in the field of correct testing. Ya think I would know after three back surgeries? This as stated. Brand new issue. So, my plan that Friday I wanted to see her face to face ( let me say, I am no fool, but I will allow you to be one! Well during a shower, damn, my head is freaking me out! So, being a stubborn woman as I am, a sign of strength, not weak. My BP is now 272/137-that is called “ready for a stroke?” So I left a message for my doctor of 18 years. I get it down to manageable, figure, I will get there and probably normal, but she sure was a bit fast taking that one! I state, “my history has been if the pain is worse, the BP goes up-trust me, my spine surgeon started checking others. This nurse has no authority outside the VA to say, ” just take more of that, you be fine. ( yes, writing and speaking no testing needed). Well, since I am there, I see how they operate-they are screwed! AND MR. HAYES? YOU DIDNT WANT ME TO TELL MY DOCTOR OF 18 YEARS? GET STUFFED AS THE AUSSIE’S SAY!
      WARNING, GET ALL RECORDS AS FAST AS YOU CAN, BE REALLY NICE AND APPRECIATING TO THE STAFF, YOU WILL BE SURPRISED HOW MUCH A LITTLE HONEY AND KINDNESS WILL GET YOU. I KEEP REPEATING, MY CONCERN? THAT THEY WILL ALL BE ORDERED THAT IT MAY TAKE A LITTLE LONGER! BOY, OF LOVE READING A POORLY WRITTEN NOVEL REGARDING SOMEONES MEDICAL CARE. IT HAPPENS TO BE HORRIFYING HOWEVER THAT IT IS MY STORY, AND MY PAIN ABILITY TO SIT AND THE PAIN IN THE BACK OF MY LEGS, “WILL I NEED SCOOTER INSURANCE?”
      (THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY, LEARN TO THINK LIKE THEY DO THEN UP THE GAME-TRUST ME, RIGHT NOW THEY ARE ALL RUNNING SCARED-GOOD! MAYBE BAD DREAMS TOO! AND OBAMA, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW YOU PISSED ME OFF-WHY DONT YOU JUST SENDS US THE COPPER COINS OF LINCOLN? JACK ASS! ( SORRY, I FEEL NO MATTER WHO YOU BELIEVE WOULD BE THE BEST, YOU FIND CAN BE PRETTY DAMN SCARY!)

      “I SURE HOPE THAT EACH VETERAN TAKES THIS SERIOUSLY, FAST AND FURIOUS MASS LAW SUITS BY ALL VETERANS AND LAWYERS WHO CAN BRING A TRIPLE A GAME ONLY!” I AM LOOKING! HOPE YOU ALL DO THE SAME!
      JUST CALL ME “VINCE” CONFUSES THE HELL OUT OF PEOPLE BUT NO ONE COULD SAY MY LAST NAME! 🙂

  4. It’s only us veterans who know how shabbily our government has treated us, and it’s the fault of this society to continue to allow it to go on the way it is. I still remember how when I was in Viet-Nam, we would tell new replacements (FNG’s), “the only person back in the world (US) that gives a damn about you is your Mama. Nobody else does, hell they sent you over here, didn’t they?!”

  5. American Veteran

    Ben’s right. This is why Obama called in Nabor to babysit us veterans.

    Nabor was brought in to spin the VA scandal away from the White House.

    Nabor was chosen because he is a ‘Cleaner’.

    A cleaner is a political operative that creates false narratives to help fix messes that politicians create, like Obama seems to make every week.

    Nabor’s history of cleaning involved developing the strategy of backing the Republicans into a corner by creating a defense sequester that would be triggered in October 2012 as a negotiation ploy to help raise the debt ceiling.

    Because we all know that the industrial war complex relies on the billions it receives each year from US taxpayers, and their lobbyists like to bribe RINOS to force them to acquiesce to whatever Obama wants in return for leaving the war machine alone.

    To help promote the political ploy to raise taxes on poor Americans, Obama also ordered Shinseki to fear monger Nabor’s defense sequester threat strategy.

    In July of 2012, Shinseki told a joint hearing of the House Veterans Affairs and Armed Services committee, “We have been informed that VA is exempt from sequestration – except for administrative costs.”

    However, the consequences of Nabor’s defense sequester on veterans would be the following:

    1. Closing of veterans’ hospitals
    2. Fewer disability claims processors
    3. Longer wait times for appointments
    4. Less funding for homeless veterans’ programs
    5. Less funding for wounded warrior research

    It is absolutely sickening that Obama and Nabor would threaten to use veterans as political hostages.

    Obama and Nabor have no shame!

    But Nabor has a darker side to him also.

    During the October of 2013 government shutdown, there were whispers that a GOP politician had allegedly insulted Obama.

    This rumor was linked to Nabor.

    After Nabor was exposed, the White House was forced to apologize for the ‘misunderstanding’ after the alleged insult was found to be bogus.

    So, now Nabor is ‘cleaning’ up the VA scandal.

    DO NOT EXPECT the VA to change for the better with Nabor there.

    DO EXPECT that Obama will have once again evaded accountability for his willful neglect of us veterans.

    DO NOT LET POLITICIANS MAKE YOU APOLOGIZE FOR YOUR VETERANS’ PRIVILEGE!

  6. I know I have been getting fucked for 33 years by the VA over a PTSD claim from my combat service in spec ops in Vietnam. They have no orders and will not approve me because I cannot be found while in country after my arrival, serving with the 7th ARVNAirborne Rangers in 70-71. I said no shit! So, I am going to sue after my appeals are finished. The VA has always been, is still, and will always be the most corrupt govt agency in existence. Using people as FODDER then after they have real issues denying any help except drugs and therapy all the while saying that you are denied because of records. It is NOT MY JOB to track myself in combat ops.

    1. I am experiencing the same actions. Instead of better treatment and added benefits, the V.A. has systematically denied benefits after 19 1/2 years in August, 2011. That’s when i was called in an reevaluated for my back line of duty. Reduced benefits in January, 2012.
      I went from 90% disabled received two checks at my new rate, but reduced to $740. in February, 2012. VSO said not to rock the boat, they might change other ratings and I wouldn’t get any benefits!!!! All of this because i was going in for non-employability disability! At the time I had lost my part time job, July 2009. 16 1/2 years substitute teaching and a front desk clerk at a motel. I was and still taking morphine 2 times a day (reduced from 3 times in August 2013) then refused treatment until May 30th 2014 and refused travel pay because the travel clerk said i could have gone to my satellite clinic! Asshole! Kickbacks to travel clerks and their supervisors for denying benefits!

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