Hillary Clinton: VA Scandal with Dead Veterans Is Not Widespread… Just Part of GOP Ideological Agenda (VIDEO)
Hillary Clinton complained to Rachel Maddow this weekend that the VA Scandal was not serious – And just part of the GOP ideological agenda.
A 90-page report released by Senator Tom Coburn in 2014 found that nearly 1,000 US veterans died as a result of subpar treatment.
Hillary says this is not a serious scandal.
“Veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment… Nobody would believe that from the coverage that you see and the constant berating of the VA that comes from the Republicans, in part in pursuit of the ideological agenda that they have. But it’s not been as widespread as it’s been made out to be.”
Hillary Clinton must think 1,000 dead veterans is not a scandal–
Here are 12 most damaging facts about the VA Scandal that Hillary says is not a scandal.
Here are the 12 most damaging facts from the report:
2. At least 82 veterans have died or were seriously injured because they waited too long for colonoscopies or endoscopies.
4. 57,000 new patients have waited at least 90 days for their first appointment at VA hospitals.
5. Veterans living in rural areas must travel an average of 63 miles to receive care.
6. Some VA staff confessed to the Government Accountability Office that they changed medical appointment dates to fit within the agency’s wait time performance goal of 14 days.
7. At the end of 2013, the VA had $34 billion leftover that they did not use to improve healthcare for veterans.
8. The VA spent $5.1 million on new software that was never used.
9. In 2010, the VA spent $80 million on travel-related expenses for its employees. One employee billed the VA $130,000 to cover his commute, hotel, and meal charges so he did not have to relocate.
10. Out of the 500 highest-paid US government officials, 483 work for the VA, including the top ten.
11. The VA has a pattern of giving bonuses to unworthy employees:
- $8,216 to a radiologist who was unable to read mammogram and other x-ray images correctly;
- $11,819 to a surgeon under suspension for leaving surgery early;
- and $7,663 to a physician who practiced with an expired license for three months.
Hillary Clinton says 1,000 dead veterans is not a scandal.