Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., is making headlines this week on the efficacy of the still-chronically dysfunctional Department of Veterans Affairs.
And by the VA, I mean the people-have -died-waiting-in-line VA. You know, the one-to-one national scandals are doing everything from frivolous purchases to pill mills, to theft of thousands of dollars, to disease outbreaks, to making veterans wait for doctors' appointments.
      Here's some things that we hear today, there's which is, 'if it is not broken, don' t fix it, "she said last week in little-noticed comments made during a town hall event in New York City.
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I have no idea what she is talking about with these remarks. The VA is a hive of dysfunction and general mismanagement. And we are not talking about minor clerical errors or wasted taxpayer dollars.
As many as 307,000 veterans were awaiting Veterans Affairs healthcare, according to the 2015 VA's Inspector General Report , The revelations of graft, abuse, and scamming were so shocking, in fact, that Congress eventually banded together to do something about it. But even then, the problems persist. When the Government Accountability Office flagged the VA as a "High Risk" agency in 2019 for how it mishandles its business, few considered it a surprise. After all, the VA flagged for the same problems in both 2018 and 2017.
But try telling that to Ocasio-Cortez, who may or may not have heard about it anyways, judging by her comments last week.  "And here's the thing, they're trying to fix it. But who are they trying to fix it? And this is who they are trying to fix it for. They're trying to fix the VA for pharmaceutical companies, "the congresswoman said.
They added, "They're trying to fix the VA for insurance corporations. And they're trying to fix the VA for a for-profit healthcare industry that does not put people or veterans first. Cadillac, first-class healthcare in the United States of America, it is our military service. "
Sure. Whatever you say!