Veterans are the vanguard of American freedom. They’ve risked life and limb in the protection of our blessed nation, and most citizens believe they should be honored for their service. Who wouldn’t, frankly?
Well, the answer is the Obama-managed Department of Veterans Affairs, whose hospitals have been falsifying medical treatment records to ostensibly improve their wait times.
And thanks to an investigation by The Washington Times, we now know that the scandal goes straight to the top.
Barack Obama himself was briefed, yet he never lifted a finger to help our veterans who were in need of care. Even for an administration that has caused more scandals than we can count, the Veterans Affairs scandal is completely outrageous.
A Colossal Failure
The Washington Times reported, “The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely healthcare.”
Meanwhile, VA officials told Obama, “This is not only a data integrity issue in which [Veterans Health Administration] reports unreliable performance data; it affects quality of care by delaying – and potentially denying – deserving veterans timely care.”
But Obama took no action.
The result? Needless death. In fact, at least 42 veterans’ deaths can be directly attributed to having care denied when it should have been provided. We’ve also learned that some veterans committed suicide rather than continue waiting for necessary care.
On Monday, FOX News reported on the matter: “Dr. Margaret Moxness, who says she was employed at the Huntington VA Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia, from 2008 to 2010, told ‘Fox & Friends’ on Monday that she was told to delay treatment, even after she told supervisors they needed immediate care. She said at least two patients committed suicide while waiting for treatment between appointments.”
Not surprisingly, the Obama team is once again trying to shift blame.
Appearing on Face the Nation last Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough claimed that Obama “is madder than hell” over media reports that Veterans Affairs personnel were falsifying information about medical care delays.
McDonough went on to say Obama recently “deployed additional staff over to the Veterans Administration to dig into this, to find out if this is a series of isolated cases or whether this is a systemic issue that we need to address with wholesale reform.”
Based on McDonough’s comments alone, you’d think that Obama learned of the scandal at the same time as the rest of us… that he wasn’t knowledgeable prior, but once he learned what was happening, he quickly took action. Unfortunately, none of McDonough’s statements are true.
Obama knew for at least five years.
And he did nothing as the veterans’ death toll mounted.
I decided to speak to a few members on the Hill, and they told me they plan to push back against the Obama administration’s lackadaisical attitude toward the veterans’ deaths.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said this morning, “The American people are frustrated, especially when those who have served our country in uniform have been treated the way they have, and God forbid, who have perished because of the mess at the VA.”
He concluded: “I will tell you I am disturbed by statements out of the White House that say that the president heard about this in the news. It is time for our president to come forward and to take responsibility for this – and to do the right thing by these veterans and begin to show that he actually cares about getting it straight.”
Your eyes on the Hill,