Are the growing charges of Veterans Administration abuse, bureaucratic incompetence, theft, and cover-ups – not to mention a death toll of at least 40 – a preview of what awaits America when Obamacare kicks in?
Yes, says Matthew Vadum, writing for Front Page Magazine. And this is a scandal that Obama isn’t going to be able to dismiss. “Like the Benghazi scandal and the IRS targeting of conservative and Tea Party nonprofits, the VA scandal has legs.
“Yet President Obama, who nowadays seems barely aware of what his administration is doing, claimed through a spokesman that he learned about this controversy that is rocking his administration from news reports.”
Such denials “cannot be true,” says Vadum.
“The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago,” reports Jim McElhatton in the Washington Times, “that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal.
“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,” according to government documents the Times obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
“This is not only a data integrity issue,” reported VA officials, according to McElhatton. It reflects unreliable performance data that “affects quality of care by delaying — and potentially denying — deserving veterans timely care.”
“Of course,” writes Vadum, “if the Obama administration had simply failed to do anything about the problem, that would be one thing, but Obama officials doctored government records to airbrush the problem away.”
Is this how Obamacare will be run?
“If our government has any obligation to fulfill its many promises on health care, it should be first and foremost to the men and women who served in our armed forces,” observes John Fund for National Review. “But the scandal over hidden waiting lists at a growing number of veterans’ hospitals (seven so far) — wherein dozens of veterans died while waiting months for vital treatment, and the VA covered up the lengthy wait times — should make everyone wonder whether we can place our trust in a government-managed health-care system.
“The Veterans Administration hospital scandal that has claimed the lives of at least 40 U.S. military veterans,” writes Vadum, “continues to expand, adding to the image of a president who neither knows nor cares what happens to those who shed their blood on the battlefield for their fellow Americans.
“With a little under six months before the crucial mid-term elections, it is a helpful reminder to voters of the horrors that are not glitches, but essential features, of government-provided health care. The problems at the VA are omens, sneak previews of what the delivery of all health care in America will look like under Obamacare, and so it is fortuitous that the scandal should surface now. Meanwhile, Obama VA officials have been working overtime covering up the various waiting-list atrocities that have been popping up cross the country.
“A whistleblower who exposed the waiting list scandal in Fort Collins, Colorado, says she was suspended after she refused to falsify records,” reports Vadum. “Lisa Lee, who was employed at that clinic, said she was placed on two weeks of unpaid leave for not following a directive that involved ‘cooking the books’ on scheduling medical appointments to create the false impression that appointments were made closer to the time veterans requested.”
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SOURCE: Christian Headlines