Veterans Group CEO: VA Problems Have Been Going on for Years

Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 01:59 PM

By Courtney Coren

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs, in which patients died while waiting to see a doctor and which was covered up with fake waiting lists, is not new, says Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America.

"If anyone's talked to a veteran at the grassroots level, they've been saying this for years. This is not a new problem," Hegseth told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

Story continues below video.

Note: Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV Ch. 349 and DISH Ch. 223
Get Newsmax TV on your cable system – Click Here Now

"It just took allegations of veterans literally dying while waiting or dying while receiving poor care for people to wake up and realize that this is a national crisis," he said.

"We're glad folks are coming around to the realization, but it's long overdue," he said.

Hegseth cites government involvement in healthcare as the root of the problem.

"This is top-down, government-run, single-payer healthcare manifesting itself before our eyes, which leads to de facto rationing, leads to wait times, leads to bureaucracy, clerks making decisions that doctors should be making," he said.

"This is symptomatic of what government does when it tries to deliver things inefficiently and poorly, so this poor care that we're talking about today is a predictable result of that," Hegseth said.

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma released a report Tuesday that found that more than 1,000 veterans may have died in the last 10 years because of malpractice or lack of care at VA hospitals, CNN reported.

Hegseth said the report "is validating what whistleblowers have been saying, what doctors have been saying, what clerks have been saying, what veterans have been saying."

The Iraq veteran said that for things to change at the VA, there needs to be more accountability of VA employees.

"It's an infected system," he said. "In order to change it, you've got to go down to the roots and change the culture, and thankfully, there's some legislation out there."

"We're trying to keep it as focused as possible on accountability, so that people can be fired because no one has been fired. It's nearly impossible to fire an employee at the Department of Veterans Affairs," Hegseth said.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

NYT: Nation Steadily Losing Confidence in Obama

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 08:15 AM

The nation is losing confidence in President Obama and his administration with every passing month, according to an anal . . .

NYPD Still Strictly Enforcing Marijuana Laws Despite de Blasio Pledge

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 08:04 AM

The pace of marijuana arrests in New York City is unchanged under Mayor Bill de Blasio, The New York Times reported. As  . . .

Nelson Bunker Hunt, Texas Oil Tycoon, Dies at 88

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 06:58 AM

Eccentric Texas billionaire Nelson Bunker Hunt, who made his fortune in oil and lost a good deal of it to silver, has di . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved