Hillary Clinton has been trying to re-write the history of DOMA, and she’s also working on creating an alternate reality for the VA scandal (the one that Obama learned about from news reports):

At least she didn’t call the VA scandal a “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.” Oh wait, she did in her own way:

Democratic primary front-runner Hillary Clinton says the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) scandal is not as widespread a problem as coverage of the incident would indicate.

She said the problem is real, but cautioned that its not been as widespread as it has been made out to be on MSNBCs Rachel Maddow Show on Friday.

The former first lady blamed Republicans for using the issue as part of an ideological agenda and said they want the VA to fail.

Simply maddening.

A government report released last year contradicts Clinton:

In a scathing appraisal, a review ordered by President Barack Obama of the troubled Veterans Affairs health care system concludes that medical care for veterans is beset by significant and chronic system failures, substantially verifying problems raised by whistleblowers and internal and congressional investigators.

A summary of the review by deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors says the Veterans Health Administration must be restructured and that a corrosive culture has hurt morale and affected the timeliness of health care. The review also found that a 14-day standard for scheduling veterans medical appointments is unrealistic and that some employees manipulated the wait times so they would appear to be shorter.

As Hillary’s husband might say, it depends on what your definition of “widespread” is…

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/10/24/what-planet-is-she-from-hillarys-dismissal-of-va-scandal-severity-is-unreal-even-for-her/

http://twitter.com/#!/DrewGriffinCNN/status/464877224446156800

A “smoking gun” has surfaced in the scandal currently rocking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In an email obtained by CBS News, a worker at the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo., instructs others on how to game the scheduling system so as not to upset the front office.

http://twitter.com/#!/CBSEveningNews/status/464872728429096961

Jennifer Janisch reports:

The email, written by Telehealth Coordinator David Newman, a registered nurse, describes how patients at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center are always listed getting appointments within a 14-day window, no matter when the appointment was first requested, and no matter how long the patient actually waited.

The memo admitted, “Yes, this is gaming the system a bit…” because “when we exceed the 14 day measure, the front office gets very upset, which doesn’t help us.”

The employee further instructs staff on how to “get off the bad boys list” by “cancelling the visit (by clinic) and then rescheduling it with a desired date within that 14 day window.”

Just yesterday, Congress issued a subpoena to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki seeking emails and documents related to delays of medical care for veterans at a Phoenix, Ariz., VA hospital. One retired doctor has alleged that as many as 40 veterans may have died while waiting for treatment.

http://twitter.com/#!/nadabakos/status/464885317300801536

Today on CNN, Sen. John McCain said that if the scandal “is what it appears to be, this isn’t just resignations, this is violations of the law, people should go to jail.”

http://twitter.com/#!/jaketapper/status/464886025547186176

Gaming the system at the expense of veteranshealth and even lives?

http://twitter.com/#!/lightning7876/status/464878179724058624
http://twitter.com/#!/combatyid/status/464879737656320002
http://twitter.com/#!/yoopermoma/status/464881204651511809
http://twitter.com/#!/ctbauza/status/464882627326255105

Fellow veterans,
The next time the enemy is firing at you, just "game the system" and ask them to shoot 14 days from now.
@CBSEveningNews— KerryL (@kerrloud) May 09, 2014

http://twitter.com/#!/seanagnew/status/464883106487730177

 

 

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/05/09/smoking-gun-email-shows-veterans-affairs-office-gaming-the-scheduling-system/

The terrible story of the Phoenix, Arizona VA’s secret waiting lists continues to cause jaws to drop:

Nineteen months of paid leave must have been considered enough “accountability”:

Two Department of Veterans Affairs administrators in Phoenix who were suspended at the outset of a crisis over delayed patient care will return to work Monday, 19 months after they were put on paid leave and given termination notices.

Lance Robinson, associate director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, will be assigned as a strategic planner at the VAs southwest regional office in Gilbert, known as VISN 18, according to spokeswoman Jean Schaefer. Brad Curry, the systems chief of Health Administration Services, will serve as a health systems specialist.

Absolutely unbelievable.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2016/01/09/unreal-phoenix-va-bosses-return-to-agency-monday-after-19-months-paid-leave/