Officials at Veterans Administration hospitals across the country are under fire for keeping, concealing, and destroying evidence of secret waiting lists that were designed to give the appearance that the VA facilities had addressed their chronic efficiency issues.
The “Epidemic of V.A. Mismanagement” has now spread to sixteen states. And many experts believe this is just the beginning.
“The spreading scandal of delayed care at Veterans Administration hospitals and the unraveling efforts to cover-up the problem have resulted in predictable calls for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki,” Brit Hume said on “Special Report.” “The VA has been plagued with patient backlogs for as long as I can remember. The problem has defied all efforts to solve it.”
Indeed, as reports surfaced that a least 40 U.S. veterans had died while waiting for medical appointments at Phoenix’s Veterans Affairs Health Care system, President Obama waited nearly three weeks before he address the matter. And if that wasn’t bad enough, “Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting,” The Washington Times reports.
“The fact is long waits for care is common to government-run, taxpayer-funded health systems,” Hume added. “Think of all the complaints you’ve read about long waits for care in the socialized medical systems in Britain and Canada. They are what happens when the government owns and operates the hospitals, pays the doctors and nurses, and finances it all out of a central budget.”
Dr. Ben Carson added that “The most important thing you have is your health. And to take that and place it in the hands of bureaucrats … We’ve already seen what happens with the VA, with all the layers of bureaucracy and how difficult it is to get something simple done. This is going to be the VA on steroids.”
When asked if people would die as a result of the bureaucratic nightmare known as Obamacare, Dr. Carson said, “Without question. You’re going to have the same kinds of problems.”
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