Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hillary Says VA’s Problems Aren’t As ‘Widespread’ As Republicans Claim

Hillary Clinton brushed off the complaints voiced by many veterans over the Department of Veterans Affairs’ backlog and health care scandal when she said on Friday that the problems plaguing the agency are not as “widespread” as they have been made out to be by Republicans, who the Democratic presidential candidate said are pushing the issue in pursuit of an “ideological agenda.”

Clinton was asked about the VA’s backlog issues during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. The host pointed out that many Republicans have pushed the idea of privatizing the VA. She said that the proposal resonates because the problems with the VA system appear intractable and “can’t get fixed fast enough.”

“I don’t understand why we have such a problem,” Clinton began. But instead of addressing why the VA has had such problems providing healthcare to veterans, Clinton blamed Republicans for unfairly attacking the agency.

“There have been a number of surveys of veterans, and overall, veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment,” she said.

Food for thought:  I'm truly disappointed in Hillary's ignorance of the VA's cruel healthcare system. She needs to have a town-hall meeting (in a Red State) and personally address Veterans' concerns before making such an offensive statement.   Each time I receive a "mail survey" I treat it like all other junk mail. 

President Obama is well aware of Veterans’ ill-treatment that is systemic within all branches of the military; active duty personnel are constantly encountering Civil and Human Rights violations on a daily basis and the VA is a clearing house to "pacify" these violations.   

As a 100% disabled veteran, I have encountered ongoing cancellation of dental appointments without professional courtesy or satisfactory justification.  Just last week my dental appointment was cancelled without advance notification.  When I arrived at the clinic, the receptionist confirmed that it happens all the time.  When I asked to speak to one of the doctors, she said that the entire staff was in a meeting for the rest of the afternoon?!!

Since I've been a patient at the VA, I've always felt like a "lab rat" for some sort of "clinical trial," along with thousands of other veterans, who are dying from the VA's "experimental" treatments.  I fully support the Republicans efforts to privatize our medical treatment because Veterans can be cured and healed when we believe that you care about us, especially our Commander in Chief.

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