President Barack Obama is apparently very “angry” about the scandal surrounding the Veterans Administration he has presided over for five years. The VA has often been in the spotlight for dysfunction going back to the Walter Reed scandal of the Bush Administration. A scandal Obama campaigned on for president as something that would not happen on his watch.
In response to the new scandal, that VA administrators in multiple states were keeping secret lists on wait times for medical provider visits to avoid accountability for long wait times, the president said he has ordered another study.
Obama also announced that Nabors will conduct a broader review of the Veterans Health Administration, the part of the VA that delivers health care to veterans. That full report is expected to be completed next month.
“Keep in mind, though, even if we had not heard reports out of this Phoenix facility or other facilities, we all know that it often takes too long for veterans to get the care that they need. That’s not a new development. It’s been a problem for decades, and it’s been compounded by more than a decade of war,” the president noted.
Indeed, it is not a new development, but is something that progress was promised on starting with the campaign in 2008.
The study comes after VA head Eric Shinseki’s testimony before Congress – that initial reports about secret lists like those in Phoenix were an isolated incidents – was contradicted by media reports of secret lists existing in multiple states.
Hopefully after this study progress can finally be made, we’re all waiting.