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May 9th, 2014
10:20 PM ET

Was the VA 'gaming the system' as veterans waited for care?

An email made public by another whistleblower at a VA hospital could turn out to be a smoking gun in the scandal that Drew Griffin has been reporting on for six months. The email details how a VA hospital in Wyoming was "gaming the system" to hide the long waits for medical care. Drew Griffin is Keeping Them Honest.

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  1. tracythomas022

    Our Veterans deserve better than this!! I worked for the VA and to watch them "game the schedule" made me sick. Doctors not treating veterans, putting them off for months and the malpractice was horrendous. I think that half the doctors at the VA are working there to hide under the government umbrella because they can't work in the private sector. They screw up and never get fried or they are asked to resign and their record is wiped clean so no one knows what they did. They covered up every incident and complaint that was filed. I went to the OIG and even emailed Eric Shinseki myself over what I witnessed! I got no where with them. That was enough reason for me to leave. Watching the Veterans suffer like this was too much. I have morals and ethics to live by and I knew I was fighting a loosing battle. Upper management only cared about crunching the numbers to get their bonuses and getting their buddies management jobs so they can keep it all under cover . Anderson Cooper we need to talk.. I have a paper trail a mile long.

    May 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm |
  2. readpaine

    The big picture is lost here. It is Congress who is at fault by creating a system with built in delays because they did not fund it properly. No different than what happens when disabled people file for disability benefits with Social Security Administration. Case workers deliberately deny claims forcing applicants into an appeal process where they have to wait two or more years for what is just the first step in an appeal hearing. In 1993, I waited a year and a half before getting the hearing. Now in 2014, I waited a year and a half for a judge to violate my appeal rights and another year for the appeal council to tell the judge he violated my appeal rights.
    While I have not been killed as a result of these delays, I have been bankrupted twice and lost my home. My vocational rehabilitation retraining was damaged and now unusable because my credit was ruined. If the SSA wanted to get me back into the work force, this is not the way to do it.
    We should hold Congress accountable and make them fix these problems.

    May 15, 2014 at 9:47 am |
  3. warthog6

    The NSA's PRISM takes away any excuse of ignorance.

    If the government can keep a microscope on every American's phone calls, emails, and searches against their will, then EVERY AMERICAN HAS THE RIGHT TO SCREAM "LIAR" IN THEIR FACE when they unleash their army of idiot-geniuses who pretend not to know the countless cases of negligent homicide of disabled veterans being carried out by their own employees on their own network.

    May 10, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
  4. warthog6

    Is anyone else sick and tired of the constant euphemisms everyone's using to describe LIES? "Cooking the books," "fudging the facts," "zeroing out," ad nauseum.

    Hey, I have an idea. Instead of using all these terms to describe LIES, how about just calling them LIES.

    Drew and Anderson, you're doing an outstanding job of exposing these liars for what they are. Now all you have to do is just call them exactly what they are–"liars." They're not pulling punches, don't pull yours.

    Say it loud, and say it proud:

    "HERE ARE THE VA'S LIES, AND THESE ARE THE LYING LIARS WHO ARE TELLING THEM!"

    May 10, 2014 at 1:45 am |

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