Come Saturday Morning: Newt, Mitch, and the Veterans Administration
..over the past few weeks, we’ve learned some disturbing things about the goings on at one Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
According to a number of reports, the hospital’s administrators covered up information about long wait times at the facility, wait times that spanned – and maybe even hastened – the deaths of 40 veterans.
Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Mitch McConnell — himself in a tight race with Alison Lundergan Grimes — are using this as an excuse to beat up on VA head (and Obama appointee) Eric Shinseki. If they were honest, they’d be looking in the mirror for the culprits:
Remember, it was just a little under three months ago that Senate Republicans under the leadership of Mitch McConnell filibustered a bill that would have boosted VA funding by $21 billion, expanded benefits, and repealed a provision of the Murray-Ryan budget deal that slashed military pensions.
And it wasn’t like this anti-veteran Republican filibuster was some radical break from the past either. Time and time again during the Obama presidency Republicans have either blocked or opposed bills that would have helped out the veterans they’re now claiming to care so much about.
It really would be sad to see the VA, which Bill Clinton lifted from the mire and made into the best hospital system in America, be allowed to suffer again at the hands of Republicans crying crocodile tears as they stick their knives into it just to score some cheap political points.