Thursday, April 19, 2012

I'm Agreeing With Judge Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit

Watch for those flying pigs!  From the April 20, 2012 New York Times comes a report that the VA plans "to hire about 1,600 additional psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health clinicians in an effort to reduce long wait times for services at many veterans medical centers."  Judge Reinhardt--a federal appeals court who seems to never come to a decision with which I can agree--ruled against the government last year on this matter:

And last year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, issued a scathing ruling saying that the department had failed to provide adequate mental health services to veterans.
“No more veterans should be compelled to agonize or perish while the government fails to perform its obligation,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for the majority. The Obama administration has appealed the ruling.

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