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Companies that fund Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby body parts

On July 14, 2015, the Center for Medical Progress, headed by a valiant Christian named David Daleiden, released a shocking undercover video showing Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood (PP) sells the body parts of aborted unborn children (like fetal livers) and has its physicians do unlawful partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts. See “Planned Parenthood sells body parts of aborted human babies”.

David Daleiden

David Daleiden

Days later, a second sting video was released, showing another PP senior official, Dr. Mary Gatter, haggling over how much she would charge for the aborted baby body parts. See “Second Planned Parenthood sting video: use “less crunchy” abortion method to get intact body parts for sale” and also “Human baby body parts and tissue for sale“.

Here are 38 companies that have directly funded Planned Parenthood (source: The Daily Signal). Since abortion accounts for 94% of Planned Parenthood’s for-profit business, this means the following ghoulish companies are directly funding the murder of innocent and defenseless human beings, as well as the sale of their body parts and organs:

  1. Adobe
  2. American Cancer Society
  3. American Express
  4. AT&T
  5. Avon
  6. Bank of America
  7. Bath & Body Works
  8. Ben & Jerry’s
  9. Clorox
  10. Converse
  11. Deutsche Bank
  12. Dockers
  13. Energizer
  14. Expedia
  15. ExxonMobil
  16. Fannie Mae
  17. Groupon
  18. Intuit
  19. Johnson & Johnson
  20. La Senza
  21. Levi Strauss
  22. Liberty Mutual
  23. Macy’s
  24. March of Dimes
  25. Microsoft
  26. Morgan Stanley
  27. Nike
  28. Oracle
  29. PepsiCo
  30. Pfizer
  31. Progressive (auto insurance)
  32. Starbucks
  33. Susan G. Komen
  34. Tostitos
  35. Unilever
  36. United Way
  37. Verizon
  38. Wells Fargo

The Daily Signal (TDS) originally listed 41 companies — a list obtained from Planned Parenthood’s website. After TDS first published the list, three companies — Xerox, Ford Motor Co., Coca-Cola — contacted TDS to say their inclusion on PP’s list was erroneous. They asked PP to remove them from its list. PP’s response was to delete the entire list from their website.

Below are some reaction to the two undercover videos.

1. The Good Guys:

2. The Bad Guys:

The following politicians and organizations are defending PP:

  • The Obama administration not only says the selling of aborted babies’ body parts is “ethical,” spokesman Josh Ernest said that Obama, who says he’s a Christian, will not defund Planned Parenthood. That means the evil POS is forcing you, me, and every taxpayer to fund this ghoulish practice, against our conscience.
  • Wannabe-president Hillary Clinton, who calls herself a Christian, on July 23, 2016, defended the Planned Parenthood abortion business, saying PP offers “important services.” Hillary also defended late-term or partial-birth abortions, which is illegal. (H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV)
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who calls herself a Catholic Christian, instead of demanding an investigation of PP, wants the Obama administration to investigate the Center for Medical Progress who made the undercover videos.
  • Minnesota governor Mark Dayton refuses to investigate PP.
  • The New York Times also defends PP’s sale of aborted baby parts.
  •  A Rasmussen poll found that 25% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the sale of body organs from aborted babies for use in medical research. 54% oppose, and 22% are undecided. 43% favor the use of fetal tissue in medical research; 34% are opposed; 23% are not sure.

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~Éowyn

Medicare’s funding well to dry up in 2030

titanic-sinking

Washington Examiner: The fund Medicare uses to pay hospitals will run out in the next 15 years, and experts say there are no easy answers to solve it.

The independent Board of Trustees for Medicare found the trust fund used for Medicare payments to hospitals would become insolvent in 2030 unless something is done. The board issued its annual report to Congress on the entitlement program’s finances on Wednesday.

As in prior years, the trustees found that the fund isn’t properly financed over the next decade. Last year’s report also pegged 2030 as the date the fund will become insolvent.

However, the fund could run dry as early as 2022 if spending is higher than estimated, the report said.

The fund covers hospital insurance benefits. It doesn’t affect Medicare Part B, which covers payments to physicians, or Medicare Part C, which is commonly known as Medicare Advantage.

The verdict is still out on how to solve the problem, said Juliette Cubanski, associate director of Medicare policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation. One answer to increase funding is to raise payroll taxes, she said.

The insolvency of the trust fund basically means Medicare payments will be higher than the money coming in, “which is basically the payroll tax for Part A,” she said.  But raising taxes is not the “easiest thing to do in the current political environment,” Cubanski conceded.

The report exuded a sense of urgency for Congress and the Obama administration to get together and find a solution. “The sooner solutions are enacted, the more flexible and gradual they can be,” the trustees said.

Whether that can happen is another story. After the report was released, some Republicans blamed Obamacare for the problem. “Rather than ignoring the problem and raiding Medicare to pay for the president’s health care law, we need a willing partner in Washington to take thoughtful and prompt steps forward in strengthening the program,” said a statement from Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Joe Pitts, R-Pa. Upton is head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Pitts leads the panel’s health subcommittee.

Blame the republicans...

Blame the republicans…

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., countered that it is Republicans who have contributed to the problem. “Instead of trying relentlessly and irresponsibly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans should work with Democrats to make sure that Medicare is protected for the next generation,” said the House minority whip.

But some lawmakers pointed to the year’s biggest bipartisan success as evidence that they can find a solution. The two parties permanently repealed an unsustainable Medicare payment formula for physicians and reauthorized a children’s insurance program.

“Reforming the way Medicare pays local doctors has had positive effects for our nation’s seniors, providers and the program itself,” said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s health subcommittee. “Now we must take the next step and pursue other important payment system reforms.”

DCG

Probability of obese people reaching ‘normal’ weight less than 1%

Here’s another reason not to get fat.

We all know someone who was severely overweight, went on a diet, lost the weight, then quickly regained all of it back . . . and more. Now, a new study confirms our experience: the likelihood that obese people will lose the fat and return to a “normal” healthy weight is nearly ZERO — less than 1%.

obese man

Obesity is more than being over weight. The Centers for Disease Control classify a body mass index (BMI) of between 25 and 29.9 as “overweight,” anything above that as obese:

  • “Normal weight” means a BMI of 18.5–24.9
  • “Over weight” means a BMI of 25.0–29.9
  • “Obesity” means a BMI of 30.0–34.9
  • “Severe obesity” means a BMI of 35.0–39.9
  • “Morbid obesity” means a BMI of 40 or over

BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s mass (weight) by the square of his or her height, typically expressed either in metric or lbs. and inches. This is the formula:

BMI = mass (lb) ÷ (height in inches)² x 703

There’s an easier way to calculate your BMI. Click here!

CBS DC reports, July 20, 2015, that despite the fact that the great American diet industry makes several billion dollars worth of business each year, a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health says that most obese people will never achieve a “normal” weight.

Researchers from King’s College London analyzed 9 years worth of data for 76,704 obese men and 99,791 obese women from the United Kingdom and found that the annual probability of reaching a normal weight was less than 1% for both groups — just 1 in 210 for obese men and 1 in 124 for obese women. People who received bariatric (stomach-stapling) surgery were excluded from the study.

Some other findings:

  • For the morbidly obese (BMI = 40.0–44.9), those odds decreased to 1 in 1,290 for men and 1 in 677 for women.
  • Some 50% of patients who managed to achieve a 5% weight loss regained the weight within two years.
  • Over the full 9-year course of the study, only 1.67% of the men and 2.25% of the women managed to achieve a normal body weight.

The study’s dismal conclusion:

“Our findings indicate that current nonsurgical obesity treatment strategies are failing to achieve sustained weight loss for the majority of obese patients.… Even when treatment is accessed, evidence suggests behavioral weight loss interventions focusing on caloric restriction and increased physical activity are unlikely to yield clinically significant reductions in body weight.”

A 2012 study had warned that at the rate we’re going, by the year 2030, in 15 years, more than 4 of every 10 (42%) Americans may become obese and 11% severely obese. Just think of what this means in health care costs….

The table below gives the BMI equivalents in height and weight. To use the table, find your height in the left-hand column, then move across the row to your weight. The number at the top of the column is the BMI for that height and weight.

BMI in height-weight

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~Éowyn

National Children’s Leukemia Foundation is a fraud

It is bad enough to defraud people.

It is downright evil to defraud by taking advantage of others’ goodness, which is what fake charities do.

Daily Mail reports, July 22, 2015, that the New York Attorney General has shut down the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation, after an investigation revealed the crooked founder, Zvi “Steve” Shor, had been pocketing nearly $1 million a year while only spending 1% of donations on children with leukemia.

The organization has also been accused of faking audit reports, when no audits were conducted.

Shor started the charity in 1991, following the death of his son from leukemia. He then continued to run the charity from his basement in Brooklyn, New York, amassing $13 million in donations between April 2009 and March 2013. 

Zvi Shor's house in Brooklyn

During this period, Shor was also paying himself a $600,000 salary while sending an additional $655,000 “for research purposes” to a shell organization in Israel run by his sister.

Shor ran the organization as president until 2010, when he was replaced by accountant and auditor Yehuda Gutwein when it was revealed that Shor had been convicted of bank fraud in 1999.

In addition to Shor, the other individuals named in the suit include Gutwein, Shor’s son Shlomo Shor, and Shlomo Donn.

Read more here.

~Éowyn

Human baby body parts and tissue for sale

About a week ago, on July 14, 2015, the Center for Medical Progress released a shocking undercover video showing a national leader of Planned Parenthood (PP), Dr. Deborah Nucatola, admitting that PP uses the illegal partial-birth abortion procedure to obtain and sell intact fetal body parts.

While casually sipping wine and eating salad, Nucatola revealed that PP charges $30 to $100 per specimen, and that fetal livers are especially in demand – although “a lot of people want intact hearts these days,” and she has had requests for lungs and “lower extremities.” (See “Planned Parenthood sells body parts of aborted human babies”)

Responding to the enormous backlash over the undercover video, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards apologized only for the “tone” taken by Dr. Nucatola (whatever that means), but not for selling the body parts of aborted babies. Another shocking video exposing Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies is expected this week. (Source)

Although trafficking in human body parts is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $500,000, nevertheless there is a thriving business doing just that, including the sale of fetal body parts and tissue, under the guise of “research.”

One of those thriving businesses is a company called StemExpress, based in Placerville in northern California. On her LinkedIn page, StemExpress’ founder and CEO Cate Dyer trumpets:

Dyer founded her biotechnology company in Placerville with only $9,000. Four years later StemExpress, which provides human blood, bone marrow, human primary cells and tissue for medical research, ranks No. 363 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies, with 1,315 percent growth over a three-year period.

StemExpress founder-CEO Cate Dyer stands next to photo of a stem cell

StemExpress founder-CEO Cate Dyer stands next to photo of a stem cell

(If you’re thinking, as I do, that Cate Dyer looks “butch,” here’s a clue: she donated $100 to an LGBT group called Outright Vermont.)

This is how StemExpress describes itself in its Product Catalog 2013-2014 (h/t Ann Barnhardt):

StemExpress is a global biotechnology company that was founded in May of 2010. We have the largest variety of raw materials available in the industry. Combined with our access to raw material, StemExpress is also your one stop location for fresh, fixed and cryopreserved human primary cells. Our human tissue products range from fetal to adult tissues and healthy to diseased samples…. Using the most up to date technology we guaranty every sample delivers the purity, viability & quality your investigators need. StemExpress procures specimens from various hospitals and clinics throughout the United States. We are licensed and/or certified in accordance with local, state and federal requirements. Our IRB approved protocols and consents protect you as well as our donor’s privacy in accordance with HIPAA guidelines…. By partnering with StemExpress, we can reduce the time your team spends isolating cells or collecting raw materials. Let us take your research to the next level.

From StemExpress’ Product Catalog‘s “Custom Products”:

StemExpress offers a variety of customized products and services. If you would like information about an item that is not listed in our catalog, please contact us. Phone: (530) 626-7000 • Email: info@stemexpress.comhttp://www.stemexpress.com

Examples of some custom products include but are not limited to:

Whole Amniotic Fluid…collected pre-term from all types of pregnancies at varying gestations. Procurement involves complete anonymity for the patients who are donating….there are no identifiers that can be traced back to the donors.

Under “Tissue Procurement”:

Stemexpress has the largest variety of raw materials available in the industry. Human tissues range from human fetal, adult, cadaverous, diseased samples and bone marrow. No other biotechnology company offers the vast variety of tissue types that we procure….

Human Fetal Tissue
Dermal
•Umbilical Cord
•Vasculature
•Pancreas
•Placental
Chorionic Villi [rich source of stem cells; the chorion is a membrane formed during pregnancy between the fetus and mother]
Liver
•Numerous other tissues available

Neonatal Tissue
•Umbilical Cord
•Placenta
Wharton’s Jelly [a gelatinous substance in the umbilical cord]

Here are some prices:

There are numerous categories of umbilical cord blood (UCB). UCB that are CD3 + Pan T cells sell for:

Fresh: 10 million/vial – $554 price/unit
20 million/vial – $1,108 price/unit
25 million/vial – $1,386 price/unit

Cryopreserved: 10 million/vial – $476 price/unit
20 million/vial – $966
25 million/vial – $1,191

Fetal Liver

Various cells are generated from fetal livers. Fetal Liver CD34+ Stem/Progenitor Cells (FL-CD34) are positively selected from homogenized liver tissue. First, fetal liver tissue is enzymatically digested and further processed to generate a leukocyte-rich suspension. CD34+ cells are then positively selected from the leukocyte-rich suspension using immunomagnetic anti-CD34 microbeads, leaving highly purified fetal liver CD34+ cells.

Fresh: 0.5 million/vial – $565 price/unit
1 million/vial – $931
2 million/vial – $1840
Cryopreserved: 0.5 million/vial – $539
1 million/vial – $877
2 million/vial – $1,754

StemExpress states that its human body parts and tissue are “For InVitro Research Use Only.” From the Catalog’s “Use of Goods”:

1. All products received from StemExpress, LLC are intended exclusively for in vitro use only. These products are not intended for use on human beings. Please note that any use of StemExpress, LLC products for any purpose other than intended including use for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes will result in legal ramifications.
2. StemExpress, LLC does not accept any liability for the improper use of our products. We deliver our products only to research and teaching institutions, commercial enterprises, and public researchers. Any signs of improper use of StemExpress, LLC products by a client will result in refusal of delivery and termination of any contract associated with this client.
3. StemExpress, LLC opposes any research in violation of any ethical, legal, or governmental standards within the United States and the import countries of our clients. We do not accept any liability for such research or use by our clients.

aborted baby's body partsSource: PriestsForLife.org

Now that it’s known that Planned Parenthood sells baby organs and body parts, no doubt there’ll be women who’ll get pregnant and abort for cash.

Since euthanasia is a booming enterprise in Holland, one wonders what actually happens to the body parts and tissue of the 650 babies who are euthanized legally murdered by physicians there each year. See also “Euthanasia on the rise in America due to lucrative organ-harvesting.”

I’ll leave you with the following latest news on Planned Parenthood’s selling of aborted babies:

  • It’s not just Planned Parenthood, the taxpayer-funded John H. Stronger, Jr. Hospital in Chicago may also be in the dead baby selling biz because its name appears in the transcripts from the undercover video with Dr. Deborah Nucatola. (LifeNews)
  • According to a new Rasmussen poll25% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the sale of body organs from aborted babies for use in medical research. 54% oppose, and 22% are undecided. 43% favor the use of fetal tissue in medical research; 34% are opposed; 23% are not sure.
  • The Obama administration not only says the selling of aborted babies’ body parts is “ethical,” spokesman Josh Ernest said today that Obama will not defund Planned Parenthood. (LifeNews) That means the evil POS is forcing you, me, and every taxpayer to fund this ghoulish practice, against our conscience.

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~Éowyn

Half of world’s Muslims are inbred due to generations of incest

Here’s an explanation for Islamic terrorism that’s never proffered:

Insanity and Stupidity

A never-spoken-about problem with Muslims is their inbreeding as a result of their long and deeply-ingrained practice of marrying first cousins — a practice that has been prohibited in the Judeo-Christian tradition since the days of Moses.

More than 7 years ago, the UK’s environment minister Phil Woolas had sounded the alarm about this “very sensitive” issue that is “rarely debated”. Referring to the culture of arranged marriages between cousins in the Muslim immigrant community, Woolas said: “If you have a child with your cousin the likelihood is there’ll be a genetic problem.

Woolas, whose views are supported by medical experts, said most cases occur in immigrant families from rural Pakistan, where up to half of all marriages involve first cousins. Woolas said: “If you talk to any primary care worker they will tell you that levels of disability among the . . . Pakistani population are higher than the general population. And everybody knows it’s caused by first cousin marriage.”

The problem is made worse by generational inbreeding. As Woolas put it, “Many of the parents themselves and many of the public spokespeople are themselves products of first cousin marriages.” That would explain why research for BBC2’s Newsnight in November 2005 showed that British Pakistanis accounted for 3.4% of all births but 30% of all British children with recessive genetic disorders.

Indeed, an entry in Wikipedia confirms that “Cousin marriages in Muslim majority countries are often preferred and even encouraged in some regions,” and points to the fact that prophet Muhammad himself had married cousins.

But the problem isn’t exclusive to Pakistani Muslims as Woolas seems to imply, but is pandemic among Muslims across the world.

Nicolai Sennels

According to Nicolai Sennels, a Danish psychologist who has done extensive research into Muslim inbreeding, close to half of all Muslims in the world are inbred:

  • 70% of Pakistanis are inbred.
  • 67% of Saudi Arabians are inbred.
  • 64% of those living in Jordan and Kuwait are inbred.
  • 63% of Sudanese are inbred.
  • 60% of Iraqis are inbred.
  • 54% of Muslims in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are inbred.
  • 25-30% of those in Turkey are inbred.
  • In England, at least 55% of Pakistani immigrants are married to their first cousins.
  • In Denmark the number of inbred Pakistani immigrants is around 40%.

Sennels points out that cousin marriage was sanctioned by Muhammad and has been going on now for 50 generations (1,400 years) in the Muslim world. This practice of inbreeding will never go away in the Muslim world since Muhammad is the ultimate example and authority on all matters, including marriage.

Sennels warns that massive inbreeding in Muslim culture may well have done virtually irreversible damage to the Muslim gene pool, including extensive damage to Muslims’ intelligence, sanity, and health. (Similar effects were seen in the Pharaonic dynasties in ancient Egypt and in the British royal family, where inbreeding was the norm for a significant period of time.)

Below are the consequences of inbreeding:

1. Birth and birth defects:

  • 100% increase in the risk of stillbirths.
  • 50% increase in the risk that the child dies during labor.
  • The risk of autosomal recessive genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy is 18 times higher.
  • The risk of death due to malformations is 10 times higher.

2. Physical and mental retardation and illnesses:

  • The closer the blood relative, the higher the risk of mental and physical retardation and schizophrenic illness.
  • The closer the blood relative, the higher the risk of schizophrenic illness, i.e., insanity.
  • Social abilities develop much slower in inbred babies. An academic paper published in the Indian National Science Academy found that “the onset of various social profiles like visual fixation, social smile, sound seizures, oral expression and hand-grasping are significantly delayed among the new-born inbred babies.”
  • Research shows that if one’s parents are cousins, intelligence goes down 10-16 IQ points. The risk of having an IQ lower than 70, the official demarcation for being classified as “retarded,” increases by 400% among children of cousin marriages.

child born with 16 toes

All of which would explain the following phenomena among Muslims (Source: Nicolai Sennels):

  • 1 out of every 3 Somalis are mentally ill.
  • More than 40% of the patients in Denmark‘s biggest ward for clinically insane criminals have an immigrant (i.e., Muslim) background.
  • One-third of all handicapped people in Copenhagen have a “foreign” (i.e., Muslim) background.
  • In Denmark, psychologist Sennels’ native country, “non-Western” immigrants (who are mainly Muslim) are more than 300% more likely to fail the intelligence test required for entrance into the Danish army.
  • In Denmark, Muslim children are grossly overrepresented among children with special needs. One-third of the budget for Danish schools is consumed by special education.
  • 64% of school children with Arabic parents in Denmark are still illiterate after 10 years in the Danish school system. The immigrant drop-out rate in Danish high schools is twice that of the native-born.
  • The U.S. is not immune. According to Sennels, “One study based on 300,000 Americans shows that the majority of Muslims in the USA have a lower income, are less educated, and have worse jobs than the population as a whole.

Muslims’ average lower IQ means a lowered ability to enjoy and produce knowledge and abstract thinking, which would explain why:

  • The Arab world translates just 330 books every year, about 20% of what Greece alone does. In the last 1,200 years years of Islam, just 100,000 books have been translated into Arabic, about what Spain does in a single year.
  • 7 out of 10 Turks have never even read a book.
  • Only 9 Muslims had ever won the Nobel Prize, and 5 of those 9 were for the “Peace Prize.”
  • According to Nature magazine, Muslim countries produce just 10% of the world average when it comes to scientific research (measured by articles per million inhabitants).

Sennels concludes:

The troubling reality being referred to is the widespread practice of Muslim inbreeding and the birth defects and social ills that it spawns.

The tragic effect of the Left’s control of the boundaries of debate is that any discussion about vital issues such as these marks an individual as an “Islamophobe” and a “racist.”

A person who dares to point at the pathology of inbreeding in the Muslim community is accused of whipping up hatred against Muslim people.

But all of this could not be further from the truth. To fight against inbreeding anywhere is to defend humanity and to defend innocent babies from birth defects….

Let us keep in mind that Muslims are the first — though maybe not the biggest — victims of Islam….

In fact, it is the Left’s callous silence on this issue (and on so many others) that exposes who is truly “anti-Muslim.”

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~Éowyn 

Obama’s VA shredded veterans’ disability claims

This is a companion post to DCG’s post earlier this morning, “Nearly One-Third Of 847,000 Vets With Pending Applications For VA Health Care Already Died.”

Obama’s abuse of our military veterans continues, unabated and unchecked by the useless Congress.

VA officials in recent weeks have touted a dramatic drop in the disability claims backlog since it peaked at more than 600,000 cases in March 2013. As of this week, the total stands at less than 125,000 cases. But outside critics have questioned whether that decline is the result of better processing or careless handling of pending requests.

Disabled veterans

Leo Shane III reports for Military Times, July 15, 2015, that, instead of being processed by the Veterans Administration, paperwork required to finalize veterans’ disability claims ended up in a shredding bin of the Los Angeles VA.

The regional office handles claims for more than 700,000 veterans in California.

Staffers for Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif) said officials from the VA’s Inspector General’s Office confirmed they found key pieces of paperwork from veterans’ claims files “inappropriately placed in shred bins” at the department’s Los Angeles Regional Office.

VA officials said “only” 10 files were misplaced in the bins, and the items would have been subject to additional review before being destroyed. They downplayed the problem as a one-time mistake from a small number of workers, not “malicious intent.”

Full details of the findings won’t be released for several more weeks, and the exact number of cases affected has not yet been released by the VA Inspector General’s Office.

Brownley and Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif) have called for hearings and an immediate review of how the regional office handles documents. The two lawmakers wrote in a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald: “Such misconduct could have a devastating impact on the affected veterans and their families, resulting in the loss of critical information and adversely affecting the adjudication of veteran claims. Simply put, this is unacceptable.”

Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald

Seven years ago, after similar allegations of improper document shredding hit the department, the Inspector General had recommended a host of new controls to ensure critical paperwork was not being lost in the system. VA officials insist these particular problems were corrected back in the spring, and added that all relevant personnel in the regional office have been retrained.

Loss of paperwork has long been a problem in the VA claims and medical processes, with veterans advocates recommending that individuals keep multiple copies of all critical paperwork because of commonplace loss within agency offices. VA leaders in recent years have placed extra emphasis on digitizing those records, in part to prevent that kind of loss.

The latest embarrassing episode for the Veterans Affairs Department comes alongside questions surrounding 240,000 deceased veterans on agency medical waiting lists and worries from senators that physician credentialing problems in Arizona may stop cancer treatments for veterans there.

House Veterans Affairs Committee officials said this week that they are looking into hearings on the issue of veterans who died while waiting for determinations on whether they were eligible for VA health care, and the timeliness of department record-keeping. VA officials have said they cannot delete the names from their lists, even though some are decades old, due to existing regulations.

On Wednesday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also asked Congress and the VA to look into the cancer credentialing problem, saying at least 20 patients may have their care halted this month because of recent rule changes.

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~Éowyn