Appearing on Fox’s Special Report, Julie Pace opined that Hillary Clinton’s poo pooing of the problems at the VA will haunt her through the 2016 election:
“The Hillary Clinton comment, sometimes when you do this job you hear a candidate say something and you just know that that is something that is going to trail her through Election Day next year if she is the eventual Democratic nominee.”
I think she’s right and that this is a powerful issue. Clinton committed a huge gaffe and it opened a door into the real Hillary Clinton. Last month Clinton haughtily dismissed the problems at the Veterans Administration. The problems are not real, argued Clinton. It’s all part of a vast right wing “ideological agenda.”
The former first lady blamed Republicans for using the issue as part of an “ideological agenda” and said they want the VA to “fail.”
“Now nobody would believe that from the coverage you see, and the constant berating of the VA that comes from the Republicans, in – in part in pursuit of this ideological agenda that they have,” Clinton said.
“They try to create a downward spiral, don’t fund it to the extent that it needs to be funded, because they want it to fail, so then we can argue for privatization.”
Clinton created a straw man for her argument, displaying an astonishing ignorance of the issue:
Clinton said veterans often report having a positive experience with the VA when they get treatment through the agency.
“I don’t understand why we have such a problem, because there have been a number of surveys of veterans, and, overall, veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment,” she said.
But that isn’t the issue, is it? The problem isn’t “those who do get treated”, it’s those who do not. The issue is the time spent waiting for treatment. The IG reported that 300,000 vets have died waiting for care.
Here Pete Hegseth highlights the issue:
Peter Johnson Jr.:
The problems are real and they are widespread:
Just days earlier, CNN reported major delays within the VA system as appointment times were not getting any better. In 2014, the VA’s inspector general found inappropriate practices were systemic in all of the department’s facilitates.
Obama promised to fix the VA. That promise was as sincere as “you can keep your doctor and your plan.” No one has no one been fired. In fact, administrators have been awarded $100 million in bonuses for allowing vets to die waiting for treatment. It is a peak into the future of Obamacare.
Sen. John McCain and three other GOP Senators introduced a bill that would allow vets who cannot be seen in less than 30 days the option to seek private care.
No you won’t, said Obama. You’ll live (and die) with what we give you.
As reported by the Washington Times, “VA Secretary Robert McDonald defended President Obama’s budget request to cut some funding from the new Choice Card program for veterans, saying he wants the embattled department to be able to make decisions about whether the program is working and when to limit it.”
“The president’s proposal to cut some of the $10 billion in program funding irked key members of Congress, who created the Choice Card just six months ago to federally fund private clinic visits for veterans stuck on long waiting lists at the VA. And a poll released Tuesday by Concerned Veterans for American found that veterans overwhelmingly want the choice to receive care outside of the VA.”
Thus Obama not only failed to honor his assurance, he stymied efforts to improve the lot of veterans. Clinton calls offering vets a alternative to waiting to die an “ideological agenda.”
On the eve of Veteran’s Day Clinton, sensing she’d screwed up, then decided to cast herself as the savior of the VA, sort of a Hillary of Arc. What were not “widespread” problems a couple of weeks suddenly took on grave importance, and she informed America that she alone was the one recognizing the troubles and she alone would find the answers:
“These problems are serious, systemic and unacceptable. They need to be fixed,” Clinton said at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall. She added: “Privatization is a betrayal, plain and simple, and I am not going to let it happen.”
Take a guess at what she would offer in part:
As president, according to the fact sheet, Clinton would push for more coordination between the Veterans Health Administration and other insurance providers and allow some private sector care “when it makes sense to do so” or “when the VA cannot provide timely access to necessary care.”
That’s right. She’d offer what the GOP offered last year. She’d offer exactly what she derided Republicans for offering.
What a sh*t head.
Clinton hiked up her pantsuit and revealed an Achille’s cankle. What it also revealed was her utter callous attitude toward veterans, which in reality is not very distant from her general contempt for people in general. Her initial comments were dismissive of the VA troubles and derisive of the GOP. Privatization is betrayal, unless she does it. The problems at the VA aren’t widespread and serious, unless she deems them to be. Offering a private care alternative for vets is a horrible thing unless she offers it. That’s where you focus. I’d pound the living crap out of her for this.
What a sh*t head.
Does anyone imagine the media will notice that Clinton is offering last year’s GOP plan?