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- November 10, 2015

Clinton's VA Speech = Doubling Down On Obama's Empty Promises

CLINTON CHANNELED PRAISE FOR OBAMA'S NEW VA SECRETARY WHO HAS FAILED TO REFORM THE AGENCY

Clinton Praised Obama's New VA Secretary, Saying He's "Doing A Great Job"

Clinton: "I Think Secretary McDonald Is Doing A Great Job…" CLINTON: "I think Secretary McDonald is doing a great job, but there is a lot more that needs to be done." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Event, 11/10/15)

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But Recent Inspector General Reports Show That Chronic Failure To Care For Patients Persists At The VA

The Hill Headline: "IG Probes Uncover More Problems At VA Hospitals" (Bradford Richardson, "IG Probes Uncover More Problems At VA Hospitals," The Hill, 10/30/15)

An October Inspector General Report Found That A Patient At A Los Angeles VA Facility, Who Later Died, "Experienced A Delay In Obtaining A Surgical Consult To Address His Complaints Of Dysphagia (Difficulty Swallowing)." "The complainant alleged that a veteran experienced a delay in surgical consultation for placement of a feeding tube and that this delay resulted in his death. We substantiated that the patient experienced a delay in obtaining a surgical consult to address his complaints of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). We determined that this delay resulted from the primary care provider's failure to diagnose the patient's dysphagia timely and/or failure to coordinate the patient's care by following up on the requested neurology consult, as well as the neurologist's failure to classify the July 2012 surgical consult as urgent." (Department Of Veterans Affairs Office Of Inspector General, " Healthcare Inspection Poor Access To Care Allegedly Resulting In A Patient Death At The Oxnard Community Based Outpatient Clinic VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Los Angeles, California ,"10/28/15, i)

An October Inspector General Report Found That "Nearly All Of The Independent Practitioners Reviewed [At A Marion, IL Facility] Did Not Have The Necessary Skills And Training To Perform Their Jobs." "The second report, released on Thursday and evaluating a clinic in Marion, Ill., found that nearly all of the independent practitioners reviewed did not have the necessary skills and training to perform their jobs." (Bradford Richardson, "IG Probes Uncover More Problems At VA Hospitals," The Hill, 10/30/15)

An October Inspector General Report Found That "That Clean And Dirty Items Were Stored Together 75 Percent Of The Time In Patient Care Areas" At An Anchorage, AK Facility. "The third evaluation, released on Thursday and assessing a clinic in Anchorage, Alaska, found that clean and dirty items were stored together 75 percent of the time in patient care areas." (Bradford Richardson, "IG Probes Uncover More Problems At VA Hospitals," The Hill, 10/30/15)

The Report Also Found That 80 Percent Of Clinicians At The Facility Were No Qualified In Suicide-Prevention Training And That "30 Percent Of Patients Assessed To Be At High Risk Of Suicide Did Not Have Documented Safety Plans In Their Health Records." "Eighty percent of the clinicians at the Alaska facility were not qualified in suicide-prevention training, and 30 percent of patients assessed to be at high risk of suicide did not have documented safety plans in their health records." (Bradford Richardson, "IG Probes Uncover More Problems At VA Hospitals," The Hill, 10/30/15)

VA Facilities Across The Country Continue To Be Plagued With Wait Times That Are "Increasing Significantly" For Our Country's Veterans

"Appointment Wait Times At The Department Of Veterans Affairs Are Not Getting Better." (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)

  • CNN Headline: "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals" (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)

"Despite Billions Of Extra Dollars Poured Into The Agency In The Last Year And Numerous Reforms Intended To Improve Veterans' Access To Care … Some VA Facilities Continue To Grapple With Appointment Wait Times Of Months Or More." "Despite billions of extra dollars poured into the agency in the last year and numerous reforms intended to improve veterans' access to care, whistleblowers and internal documents obtained by CNN reveal some VA facilities continue to grapple with appointment wait times of months or more." (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)

Even The Notorious Phoenix VA Center Is Continuing To Have "Complicated Wait-Time Calculations" And Appointment Delays. ""Even at the Phoenix VA medical center, where CNN learned last year 'secret' appointment lists were hiding how veterans were dying waiting for care, sources say complicated wait-time calculations obscure ongoing appointment delays." (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)

  • Source: "The Reality Is Veterans Are Waiting Months -- Three, Six Months At A Time, Sometimes More -- For Care At The Phoenix VA." "'The reality is veterans are waiting months -- three, six months at a time, sometimes more -- for care at the Phoenix VA,' said one source in Phoenix who agreed to speak to CNN anonymously because of fears of retaliation." (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)
  • Cancer Patients Died Waiting For Care At The Phoenix Hospital And Medical Treatment Was Delayed For Nearly 1,500 Veterans Due To "Short-Staffing And Mismanagement Of Urology Care." "Some patients with bladder and prostate cancer died waiting for care, and medical treatment for almost 1,500 others was delayed because of short-staffing and mismanagement of urology care at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, a new investigation has found." (Lisa Rein, "Cancer Patients Died Waiting For Care At Troubled Veterans' Hospital, Probe Finds," The Washington Post , 10/20/15)

"Ongoing Delays In Care Are Not Limited To Phoenix." "Additional VA documents show ongoing delays in care are not limited to Phoenix." (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)

  • A Draft Of An August Internal VA Memo Warned Of An Overall Increase In Appointment Delays: "Currently Wait Times Are Increasing Significantly." "An internal VA draft memo from August warns, 'Currently wait times are increasing significantly,' referring to an overall increase of appointments with delays." (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)

Over 300,000 Veterans May Have Died Waiting For Care At VA Facilities

CNN Headline: "307,000 Veterans May Have Died Awaiting Veterans Affairs Health Care, Report Says" (Curt Devine, "307,000 Veterans May Have Died Awaiting Veterans Affairs Health Care, Report Says," CNN, 9/3/15)

According To An Inspector General Report, "Hundreds Of Thousands Of Veterans Listed In The Department Of Veterans Affairs Enrollment System Died Before Their Applications For Care Were Processed." "Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday. The VA's inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency's system for managing health care 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 limitations in the system's data, the number of records did not necessarily represent veterans actively seeking enrollment in VA health care." (Curt Devine, "307,000 Veterans May Have Died Awaiting Veterans Affairs Health Care, Report Says," CNN, 9/3/15)

  • "The VA's Inspector General Found That Out Of About 800,000 Records Stalled In The Agency's System For Managing Health Care Enrollment, There Were More Than 307,000 Records That Belonged To Veterans Who Had Died Months Or Years In The Past." (Curt Devine, "307,000 Veterans May Have Died Awaiting Veterans Affairs Health Care, Report Says," CNN, 9/3/15)

CLINTON DEFENDED THE VA FROM A VETERAN WHO HASN'T HAD A CLAIM PROCESSED IN SIX YEARS

Told Directly By A Veteran Who Has Been Waiting Six Years On A Disability Claim About Delays, Clinton Defended The VA, Saying "We've Made A Little Progress In The Last Year Or Two Processing Claims…" VETERAN: "I was very glad to hear you talk about New Hampshire not having a full service hospital. First of all, a lot of us have been fighting that for many years, many years. Secondly, as a Vietnam veteran who filed a claim for an increase in my service connected disability six years ago and it's still pending. I was at the V.A. medical center yesterday for my fourth examination. Six years and it's still going on, I tell people this on the outside and they think I'm crazy. They say how can the V.A. take six years to process a claim? I say well I'll show you the facts, so I'm very happy to hear you talk about those two things for sure." CLINTON: "Well, I want to…We've made a little progress in the last year or two processing claims, we still have a big backlog as you know personally. And we're getting an increasing backlog in appeals from denials or only partial approvals. I think we need a kind of, all hands on deck program, where I'd be working with VSOs and others. Let's recruit people who have some accounting, some legal, some other experience, and let's put them to work on this." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Event, 11/10/15)

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AND CLINTON CHANNELS OBAMA'S FAILED PLEDGE TO MODERNIZE THE VA

Clinton Pledged To Build A 21st Century VA

Clinton: "We Need A V.A. For The 21st Century." CLINTON: "Now secondly, we need a V.A. for the 21st century, not the 20th, and that means serving an increasingly diverse community with new and different needs." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Event, 11/10/15)

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Obama, Like Clinton, Repeatedly Pledged To Build A 21st Century VA, Then Failed To Follow Through

As A Candidate For President, Obama Said "Building A 21st Century VA To Serve Our Veterans Will Be An Equal Priority To Building A 21 st Century Military." OBAMA: "When I am President, building a 21st century VA to serve our veterans will be an equal priority to building a 21st century military to fight our wars. My Secretary of Veteran's Affairs will be just as important as my Secretary of Defense. No more shortfalls -- it's time to fully fund the VA medical center. No more delays -- it's time to pass on-time VA budgets each and every year. No more means testing -- it's time to allow all veterans back into the VA. I will immediately reverse a policy that led the VA to turn away nearly 1 million middle and low-income veterans since 2003." (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks At The National Convention Of Veterans Of Foreign Wars, 8/21/07)

Obama: "I've Pledged To Build Nothing Less Than A 21st Century VA." OBAMA: "Whether you've left the service in 2009 or 1949, we will fulfill our responsibility to deliver the benefits and care that you earned. And that's why I've pledged to build nothing less than a 21st-century VA. And I picked a lifelong soldier and wounded warrior from Vietnam to lead this fight, General Ric Shinseki." (President Barack Obama, Remarks At The National Convention Of Veterans Of Foreign Wars, Phoenix, AZ, 8/17/09)

Obama: "I've Charged Secretary Shinseki With Building A 21st Century VA." OBAMA: "That's why I've charged Secretary Shinseki with building a 21st century VA. And that includes one of the largest percentage increases to the VA budget in the past 30 years. We are going to cut this deficit that we've got, and I've proposed a freeze on discretionary domestic spending. But what I have not frozen is the spending we need to keep our military strong, our country safe and our veterans secure. So we're going to keep on making historic commitments to our veterans." (President Barack Obama, Remarks At The Disabled Veterans Of America Conference, Atlanta, GA, 8/2/10)


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