Conservative commentators and the new media has been all over this health care scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Michelle Malkin compared how America treats its veterans versus its illegal aliens. Our friends at Clash Daily linked to a news report and put this headline on it: Love the Terrorists, Hate the Vets: Terrorists at Gitmo Treated Better Than Veterans. In a post at the Cato Institute, Michael Tanner explains “How VA Hospitals Are a Government-run Disaster.”
In a post loaded with excerpts and links, National Review’s Jim Geraghty included this:
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apparently is going to institute a new lengthy waiting period before action to address the problem of lengthy waiting periods.
We’ve lost patience over your losing patients, Mr. Secretary. […]
Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs are “deeply concerned” by a whistleblower’s accusations but declined to comment further on allegations that the woman was punished for refusing to falsify wait times at the Fort Collins VA clinic.
“We are deeply concerned by the allegations raised by a Cheyenne VA employee over alleged whistleblower retaliation,” the VA statement reads. “We cannot discuss the majority of her allegations, due to the ongoing (Office of the Inspector General) investigation. We are also not at liberty to discuss personnel or disciplinary issues.”
The VA sent the statement Wednesday evening in response to a Sunday request from the Coloradoan.
A whistleblower complaint filed by Lisa Lee led to a federal investigation that found multiple problems with the Fort Collins VA clinic, including improper appointment scheduling that in effect hid patient wait times while making it seem patients were seen close to when they wanted.
Lee, a former scheduler with the Fort Collins VA clinic and now on active duty with the U.S. Navy, told the Coloradoan she believes she was targeted because she refused to hide patient wait times.
They’re brave, since past whistleblowers describe all kinds of retaliation.
This is an ugly scandal indeed, and just in time for Memorial Day.
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