No shocker here. In 2008 the Obama transition team was notified about serious problems at the Veterans Administration including manipulation of waiting times for appointments but President Obama failed to act.
The Washington Times broke the story:
The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago 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.
“This is not only a data integrity issue in which [Veterans Health Administration] reports unreliable performance data; it affects quality of care by delaying — and potentially denying — deserving veterans timely care,” the officials wrote.
After taking office, Obama’s priority was ramming his health care plan down American’s throats and despite his promises to improve the medical treatment for veterans this commitment was broken.
Taking care of veterans should be the government’s top priority and an issue all Americans can support.