Many on the Veterans Affairs list died without receiving the help they were supposed to get.
An internal Veterans Affairs Department report states that about one-third of the veterans waiting to receive medical care from the agency have already died.
A review of veteran death records provided to the Huffington Post found that, as of April, 847,822 veterans were awaiting healthcare and that of those, 238,647 were already deceased.
The report was handed over by Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta
He also sent copies to the House and Senate VA panels and to the White House.
A VA spokeswoman told Huffington Post that the department can’t subtract dead applicants from the list and that some may never have completed an application but remain on the back log.
Spokeswoman Walinda West also said that more than 80 percent veterans who come to the department “have either Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare or some other private insurance.”
“Consequently, some in pending status may have decided to use other options instead of completing their eligibility application.”
Davis dismissed that argument.
“VA wants you to believe, by virtue of people being able to get health care elsewhere, it’s not a big deal. But VA is turning away tens of thousands of veterans eligible for health care,” he said. “VA is making it cumbersome, and then saying, ‘See? They didn’t want it anyway.’“
I think the chances are good that Davis is correct.
I also think the chances are good that the VA is powerful enough to obstruct any real investigation and that Congress is impotent enough to not bother imposing either a real investigation or real punishments for wrongdoing.
And it may well be that Congress is complicit (or some group or former group within Congress) by writing benefits on paper without providing the manpower or the funding to make those benefits happen. Or, it may be that the VA is consuming their budget through corruption. Or it may be a combination.
Bottom line is that, even when the government is obligated to care for people, it can’t be trusted to do so. So why are we supposed to entrust the entire nation to Obamacare?