The emerging cover-up of long waiting periods for care at Veterans Administration hospitals has burgeoned into national news in recent weeks, with ‚Äúsecret waiting lists‚ÄĚ being exposed in half a dozen or more locations and President Obama calling for an inspector-general inquiry into the matter.
The scheme to cover up long waits at VA hospitals worked like this: The local VA administrators in numerous VA hospitals would not officially book an appointment ‚ÄĒ however direly needed ‚ÄĒ until an opening in a doctor's schedule came up, essentially keeping a waiting list to get onto the official waiting list. In other instances, the politicians in charge of the facilities would constantly cancel and reschedule appointments in order to make it appear that the overwhelming majority of appointments were made within the VA's stated goal of a 14-day window. This allowed administrators to boast they had moved...
What I am certain the article referenced by Jim does NOT point out is the bill, which was undoubtedly part of a larger bill that was brought to the floor of the Senate with no debate or amendments allowed, thus the only thing the minority can do to avoid rubber stamping the democratic agenda is block passage. So, it is misleading to say they were not for V.A. benefits. The facts, see
Democratic congressman David Scott advised the president that his administration may go down as the worst when it comes to Veteran's Affairs. He also made the following impassioned speech from the floor of the house.