“Accuse others of what you do.” – Vladimir Lenin
“Sociopaths will always accuse you of what they are guilty of themselves.” — Jasmin Teranny, U.K. Psychotherapist
The leading Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has distorted the facts regarding a nationwide disgrace: the incompetence and dangerousness of the Veterans Affairs healthcare system, according to a number of former military officers and investigators.
During an interview with the arguably far-left cable news channel MSNBC, Clinton insisted that the so-called wait-list-scandal just an exaggeration by Republican lawmakers and conservative media: “It’s not been as widespread as it has been made out to be,” she claimed referring to the length of waiting time for veterans who needed medical attention.
She went on to assert that most veterans are satisfied with their treatment in the VA medical system and that the Republicans created a narrative based on a fake crisis in order to get votes in the upcoming presidential election.
“While many believe the Benghazi crisis and the email accusations are serious, probably the most serious charge against Hillary Clinton is the mendacious statements she made to downplay the abysmal administration’s handling of veterans dying because of numerous shortcomings in the Veterans Affairs medical care system,” said Mike Baker, a former political strategist, now a police and security consultant..
According to a number of military experts, such as Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, this obvious tissue of lies is coming from a person who wishes to command the greatest military in world history. Clinton wishes to command and control every single American man and woman who serves their country in uniform.
The facts discovered by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a non-partisan group that reports to lawmakers in both political parties, reveal that if anything the VA’s problems are far greater than they’ve been made out to be, thanks to a news media that moonlights as the Democratic Party’s propaganda machine.
“[It should not be a surprise] that Clinton’s claim — that veterans are happy with the VA’s health care — is equally specious. Veterans who receive care are indeed happy. But the men and women who died waiting for care never had the chance to make their views known. Similarly, the hundreds of thousands of wait-listed veterans are not counted among the evidence Clinton cites,” according to Gen. McInerney, who serves as a military analyst for a number of news outlets.
Besides the GAO report, the VA’s inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency’s system for managing healthcare enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past. The inspector general said due to inadequacies in the quality of the data, the number of records did not represent all veterans pursuing their benefits in VA healthcare system.
In addition, the agency’s system for documenting whether a veteran was still alive or had died contributed to errors that included compensation being paid to veterans who already died and records claiming they had visited doctors when such visits were impossible since the veterans were deceased.
The report reveals a “culture of mismanagement ” within the VA’s healthcare system, including a lack of oversight of records, computer problems within the records system, and a working system for identifying those veterans who dead. The inspector general noted that “the office responsible for enrollment has not effectively managed its business processes to ensure the consistent creation and maintenance of essential data.”
The report said an internal VA investigation in 2010 found staffers had hidden veterans’ applications in their desks so they could process them at a later time, but human resources later recommended the staffers responsible not be disciplined.