Valor Healthcare Responds Today

A dedicated Valor employee and decorated U.S. Veteran is speaking out proudly on behalf of Valor.

Purple Heart Veteran Jim Wheeler, who serves as Vice President and Regional Director for Veterans Outreach for Valor, will speak out for the company and answer questions during a 3:00 P.M. (Central Time) press conference.

Take a look at the supporting material just released by Valor:

Valor Healthcare Statement

  • We are disappointed that our company has been mischaracterized in the midst of a political campaign.
  • Our organization is deeply dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare possible to veterans of the United States armed forces. In fact, we care for more than 57,000 veterans in more than 15 locations across the country.
  • We are extremely proud of this track record and of the positive difference we have made in thousands of veterans’ lives across the United States.
  • However, by providing more than 100,000 clinic visits per year, we also know that unfavorable patient experiences do occur from time to time. This is true for every medical provider. We take each one seriously and respond to each one to ensure that our patients’ needs are being met.
  • In no way does this advertisement reflect the quality of care that we provide veterans. Valor Healthcare is in good standing with the Veterans Administration.
  • We are proud of our company and our accomplishments in serving America’s best.

Slow News Update Dept Of Dead Economies

First Lady Jane Beshear today recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At an event in the Rose Garden at the State Capitol, no less. Is it just us or is Jane Beshear becoming a First Lady that everyone likes? [Press Release]

That librul Lexington Herald-Leader is so mean to poor Bill Nighbert. Calling him out for not disclosing his interest in property near a construction project on I-75. [H-L]

Hey, ladies, what was that about the fancy bailout saving everyone? Oh, right, yeah, didn’t happen. The global financial markets have all gone to pot and everyone is destitute. The end. Game over. WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!! [WaPo]

Mitch McConnell Is A Fraidy Cat. It’s official. Though everyone is a wuss and afraid to go on record to discuss it, Centre College just confirmed that Mitch McConnell pulled out of a scheduled debate at the school with Bruce Lunsford. [Sources at Centre College]

Anti-union bullshit artists, Republicans and Brett Hall afficianodos are STILL trying to slime Bruce Lunsford. They’ll never learn to give it up and will never realize that Kentucky is a state filled with labor supporters. Without labor, those fat hacks will would have sunk this abysmal economy even deeper into the hole. [B.S. Artists]

Mitch McConnell didn’t fight for Whitley County. Even though the county is eligible to receive federal funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Mitch stood in the way and blocked 31 bills, including the bill that would have funded economic in southeastern Kentucky. [Times Tribune]

McConnell Slime Machine Strikes Again

Seen the latest manure from Mitch McConnell’s spin machine? Never mind that Valor Healthcare was repeatedly praised for providing high-quality health care by veterans, the VA, public officials and others. Or that Valor received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval from the VA.

Get a load of this mess:

All of these complaints were filed in the spring of this year. Long after Bruce Lunsford hired a new CEO and long after he stepped down as Chairman to run for the United States Senate.

Lunsford is, indeed, on the Board of Directors at Valor. But using the logic of calling them “Lunsford’s Clinics” when he’s merely a director and small shareholder– holding him responsible for any upset patient… well, using that logic, the Lunsford campaign needs to start going after Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao. Using that same logic, she’s responsible for any patient complaint at a Vencor facility during the years of 1997-2001.

Can you imagine? Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, goddaughter of a Red Chinese dictator or whatever, being railed on by some patient upset over “Chao’s nursing homes.”

Such hypocrisy.

It’s time for the Lunsford campaign to take both guns out of their holsters.

All-out blood bath, folks. It’s on its way.

Reality Check – Mitch McConnell’s Latest B.S.

Mitch McConnell’s latest ad attacking Bruce Lunsford may not be– get this– truthful. What, Mitch McConnell lie? I know, right?

So the ad that attacks Valor Health Care? We’re not gonna rehash it, you can watch it HERE. But turns out that ad is bunk.

We want to clear up a couple things in the supporting documentation the McConnell campaign sent out that allegedly proves their ad as solid. You may view it by clicking here (PDF Link).

Some facts… The documentation provided by Mitch McConnell’s campaign states that Valor saved taxpayers more than $500,000.

All of those Arkansas Dem-Gazette articles Justin cites? All of them plainly state that there was NO EVIDENCE supporting those alleged complaints.

And Valor received a gold seal from the VA.

Kay Bailey Hutchinson apparently never visited the clinic in question. No one from her staff visited. (Sidenote: If you’re a U.S. Senator, why wouldn’t you take care of things yourself instead of going through the VA? Maybe just so you could get a letter for your buddy Mitch?)

We’re beginning to think this whole thing was carefully crafted by the McConnell crew in order to make fancy commercials about Bruce. Take this from Ryan Alessi’s story, for example:

Moore, a 62-year-old Vietnam War veteran who was awarded the Silver Star and a Purple Heart, told the Herald-Leader that he was contacted four months ago by an investigator for a public relations firm working for McConnell’s campaign. “I don’t care about McConnell’s campaign or about any Democrat or Republican. I just care about this clinic here,” said Moore, who said he received no compensation for appearing in the ad.

You get that? The veterans weren’t out there doing anything and raising concern until after Mitch McConnell’s campaign pushed them.

Did McConnell’s camp create this? Did they get these people fired up? Did Mitch request that his good buddy Kay do him a favor? Sure seems like it.

TGIF. Where All The White Women At?

Speaker Jody Richards and Brent Yonts are sponsoring a bill to cancel Bobby Sherman’s 8 billion dollar pay raise. Or $62,160 pay raise, to be exact. Because that shit is crazy and a total scam. Sources are now telling us Sherman agreed to a contract that would keep his pension exactly the same as if he’d retired now.  But we’ve seen no evidence. [PolWatchers]

Wonder why like 66% of Americans have more confidence in Barry than Gramps when it comes to the economy? Maybe it’s because Gramps said he didn’t know much about it? Or maybe it’s because Gramps’ running mate is a complete embarrassment? [Mark Hebert]

David Boswell was lying about not having seen the DCCC ad. I received an email from a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee staffer who was coordinating with Boswell’s people on the response to Guthrie’s reaction. I KNOW he’d seen the ad when he said he hadn’t. [PolWatchers]

First Lady Jane Beshear is hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Event tonight. At Turfway Park in Florence. 6:30 P.M. Horses and Hope Breast Cancer Awareness. [Press Release]

Thursday Night Deep Thoughts with a known homosexual and Joe Sonka. Joe asks, “Isn’t it amazing how Sarah Palin makes any hack reporter who interviews her look like Mike Wallace?” And the homo said, “She should make an appearance on The View with those mean bitches. That would be priceless.” [Barefoot & Progressive]

Bruce Lunsford unveiled his Bill of Rights for women. The event was an inspiring success. According to those in attendance, Bruce didn’t stick to his script at all… and everyone at the event left impressed. Great move on the Lunsford camp’s part. Guess who didn’t show her face: Jennifer Moore. Hypocrite. [Kentucky Women]

Our Intrepid Reporter brings you Sarah Silverman in the Great Schlep. Fly your Jewish butt to Florida to talk nanna into voting for Barack Obama. Also, this is not safe for work and it is absolutely hilarious. Jews Vote. [The Great Schlep]

Oh Snap Monday! Everyone Have Power Now?

Like we reported many days ago, Joe Biden will be in Louisville on Wednesday. You can go see him if you have $1,000 to spare. So, Kentuckians, don’t get your hopes up. You’re not likely to ever see Barack Obama or John McCain in the Commonwealth again. Probably ever. [Mark Hebert]

More from Hebert: “McConnell has received $3,679,725 in political contributions from the banking, insurance and financial services industries since 1989. Part of that sum includes $691,880 from commercial banks, $1,112,732 from the insurance industry and $1,484,912 from the securities and investments industry.” [Mark Hebert]

Pray for Sarah Palin. HAHAHAHA. This is pretty dang funny. For serious. [Barefoot & Progressive]

As apparently whack as the Shark Lady is, this is pretty serious. Employees and volunteers for health care entities could be allowed to refuse to aid in providing any treatment they object to. That includes abortion, providing HIV tests, providing emergency treatment to someone who is non-white or maybe perceived to be gay. Total Bush Misadministration terror. [BGR]

Mitch McConnell is beginning to queen out over Bruce Lunsford everywhere he goes. Check this: “He is desperate and he is nasty. Anybody that has the kind of unseemingly business background he does to be calling other people names requires a lot of brass frankly,” says Senator McConnell. How hilarious is THAT? Almost as hilarious as some random hillbilly suggesting McConnell has “a lot of family values.” We’re wondering why he doesn’t have all of those alleged family values. Is it because he married a foreign or whatever? [WYMT]

Are people voting for Bruce Lunsford or against Mitch McConnell? Does it really matter either way? Both achieve the same goal and the media probably shouldn’t care either way. Because everyone wants to get rid of Mitch McConnell. [PolWatchers]

Organized labor is coming out big for Bruce Lunsford. The worker-to-worker leafletting program is set to organize some 300,000 voters who will turn out against Mitch McConnell, a man who wants to make it impossible for workers to unionize. Because everyone knows Mitch McConnell is such a hard worker and has always had to worry about putting food on his family’s table. Such a family man with real-world experience. [C-J]

Sorry, Barack Obama is just not going to do well in eastern Kentucky. No way, no way, not gonna happen. There are still thousands of people in Appalachia who have never met a non-white in their entire lives. [Ronnie Ellis]

What were several Lexington and Frankfort reporters doing for the extra hour they waited for the Lunsford-Clinton event to start (when they weren’t complaining about being given a free story)? They sat around reading books and killing time. Instead of working the crowd for a good story. If Ryan Alessi can do it, everyone else should be out working to get a great story. Jesus. [Photograph]