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Democrats Agree, VA Problems Are Widespread

- November 13, 2015

During His July 2014 Confirmation Hearings, VA Secretary Robert McDonald Acknowledged “The Depth Of The Crisis At The Department Of Veterans Affairs,” And “Systemic Failures.” MCDONALD: “As I have met with members of this Committee over the past few weeks, you have told me the depth of the crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs. While there is much that is going well, there have been systematic failures, which suggest that some in the organization have lost track of the Mission and the Core Values. The Department’s problems with access, transparency, accountability, and integrity have been well documented by this Committee and your congressional colleagues, as well as by the President, Secretary Shinseki, Acting Secretary Gibson, the Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Special Counsel, Veterans Service Organizations, and Military Service Organizations.” (Committee On Veterans Affairs, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/22/14)

  • McDonald: “The VA Is In Crisis.” MCDONALD: “The Department has made great strides in serving veterans thanks to the commitment of many dedicated employees, and hard work with our partners and advocates in the community. But the VA is in crisis. The veterans are in need. There is much to do. I can think of no higher calling than to serve our veterans who have so selflessly served our country. With your support, I am confident we will succeed at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Thank you. I look forward to your questions.” (Committee On Veterans Affairs, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/22/14)

In May 2014, Obama Acknowledged That “The Misconduct Has Not Been Limited To A Few VA Facilities, But Many Across The Country.  Totally Unacceptable.”  OBAMA: “Good morning, everybody. A few minutes ago Secretary Shinseki and Rob Nabors, who I’ve temporarily assigned to work with the VA, presented me with the department’s initial review of VA facilities nationwide. And what they found is that the misconduct has not been limited to a few VA facilities, but many across the country. Totally unacceptable. Our veterans deserve the best. They’ve earned it. Last week I said that if we found misconduct, it would be punished, and I meant it.” (President Obama, Remarks At The White House, Washington, DC, 5/30/14)

  • Obama Said “I Totally Agree” With A Review Of The VA That Found “Significant And Chronic Systemic Failures” And Said The Department Needed To Be “Restructured And Reformed.” “More broadly, the review that Rob Nabors conducted of the VHA found -- and I’m quoting – ‘significant and chronic systemic failures,’ including too little responsiveness, transparency and accountability.  And that is totally unacceptable.  It recommends that the VHA be ‘restructured and reformed’ with stronger management, leadership and oversight, as well as more doctors and staff.  And I totally agree, and we’re going to make that happen.” (President Obama, Remarks At The White House, Washington, DC, 6/30/14)

Clinton’s Comments Also Put Her At Odds With Prominent Democrat Lawmakers Who Know The Scandal “Is Deadly Serious”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) On The Concerns Coming Out Of The VA Scandal, May 2014: “You Have To Address Them; You Have To Correct Them; And You Have To Take Action, And Some Of That Action Might Be In The Courts.” “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested Thursday that allegations of cooked books at the Veterans Affairs Department could rise to the level of criminal misconduct. … ‘None of us could be satisfied with how you could immediately address some of these concerns,’ she said. "[But] you have to address them; you have to correct them; and you have to take action, and some of that action might be in the courts. ‘This is deadly serious,’ she added.” (Mike Lillis, “Pelosi: VA Scandal ‘Deadly Serious,’” The Hill, 5/22/14)

  • Pelosi: “This Is Deadly Serious.” “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested Thursday that allegations of cooked books at the Veterans Affairs Department could rise to the level of criminal misconduct. … ‘None of us could be satisfied with how you could immediately address some of these concerns,’ she said. "[But] you have to address them; you have to correct them; and you have to take action, and some of that action might be in the courts. ‘This is deadly serious,’ she added.” (Mike Lillis, “Pelosi: VA Scandal ‘Deadly Serious,’” The Hill, 5/22/14)

Democrat Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) On The VA Scandal, May 2014: “I’m Just Appalled By It.” DUCKWORTH: “Well, when I was serving at the agency, what happened was Sec. Shinseki helped put into place the new standard that veterans would not wait more than 14 days for an appointment. This was a new system with electronic record-keeping, and also the electronic scheduling system that was put into place. And so the new system was supposed to be one that was electronic - that would automatically send updates and then report as to how long patients were waiting for their appointments. And so this whole - people gaming the system to get around the system, especially at the expense of veterans - is absolutely news to me. And I'm just appalled by it.” (“Congresswoman And Veteran ‘Appalled’ By VA Scandal,” NPR, 5/22/14)

Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), June 2014: “It Has Become Clear That The VA Has Failed To Address Long Appointment Wait Times For Veterans, Instead Allowing A Culture Of Coverups To Take Hold.” “‘It has become clear that the VA has failed to address long appointment wait times for veterans, instead allowing a culture of coverups to take hold,’ Feinstein said in a statement.” (Richard Simon, “Feinstein Asks VA Chief To Review Wait Times At California Facilities,” Los Angeles Times, 6/2/14)

Democrat Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) On Clinton’s Comments: “The Problems We’ve Seen At The Phoenix VA Are Devastating And Real. … The VA Scandal Has Nothing To Do With Partisan Politics And Everything To Do With Systemic Failure, Negligence And Lack Of Accountability.” “Clinton contended in her MSNBC appearance that conservatives want to shut down the VA and replace it with a private-care system for veterans. She said the GOP exaggerated departmental flaws and failings ‘in pursuit of this ideological agenda,’ and have underfunded the VA because ‘they want it to fail.’ Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, an Arizona Democrat, disagreed. ‘The problems we’ve seen at the Phoenix VA are devastating and real,’ she said in a e-mailed statement. ‘The VA scandal has nothing to do with partisan politics and everything to do with systemic failure, negligence and lack of accountability.’” (Dennis Wagner, “Hillary Clinton’s Take On VA Crisis Spurs Backlash,” Arizona Republic, 10/26/15)

In October 2015, Democrat Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) Called For An Overhaul Of The VA Choice Program. “The former chairwoman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee wants to overhaul the VA Choice program — the initiative that lets veterans see private physicians if they can’t get an appointment at a VA medical center. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said veterans in her state continue to wait weeks or months for needed medical care, unable to make timely appointments at the VA or through the Choice program.” (Patricia Kime, “Murray Calls For Overhaul Of Va Choice Program,” Army Times, 10/23/15)

  • Murray: “I Hear Frequently From Veterans ... About How Difficult The Choice Program Has Been … I Hear How Frustrating Some Of The Bizarre Rules And Restrictions Are.” “‘I hear frequently from veterans ... about how difficult the Choice program has been,’ Murray said. ‘I hear how frustrating some of the bizarre rules and restrictions are — for example, an authorization for care only lasts 60 days. If you’re a woman veteran and you’re pregnant, you’re going to need more than 60 days of care.’” (Patricia Kime, “Murray Calls For Overhaul Of Va Choice Program,” Army Times, 10/23/15)

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