President Trump, like MEP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., appears to have been mistaken that the Department of Veterans Affairs is a well-functioning quality agency.
Finally, bipartisan agreement! ] "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right, the VA is not broken, she's fine, " the president tweeted on Wednesday . "But that's just the Trump administration. We passed Veterans Choice & Accountability. "President Trump deserves a lot of recognition." Dan Caldwell, Concerned Veterans of America. "
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right, the VA is not broken, she's fine, but that's up to the Trump administration, we passed Veterans Choice & Accountability." President Trump deserves a lot of credit. Dan Caldwell, Concerned Veterans of America
̵1; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
April 24, 2019
Spoiler alert: It's not "great."
As I wrote earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office has marked VA this year as a "high risk" agency for its continued mismanagement. This happened after VA's GAO had the same label in both 2018 and 2017.
The "High Risk" warnings also follow a series of major scandals that shook the agency, from frivolous purchases to pill-mills, the theft of tens of thousands of employees, the onset of illness in the VA facilities and the veterans on have to wait for medical appointments. The deputy secretary even resigned in 2014 in the face of the scandals scandal. However, nothing was more shocking than the report of the VA's General Inspectorate 2015, which claimed that as many as 307,000 veterans died while waiting for medical treatment. The revelations about transplantation, abuse and general dysfunction were indeed so shocking that the congress eventually merged to do something about it. Fortunately, VA has improved in certain areas, and veterans are receiving the necessary care in some parts of the country, but we are still far from saying that it is "great."
Try to say this to Trump or Ocasio-Cortez, whose latter prompted the President's Tweet with remarks made last week at a New York City Town Hall event.
"[T] Here are some things we hear today, there are some issues that we have" I came out, and especially when it comes to the VA, I can only think of the classic chorus, mine Parents always told me. That is, "If it does not break, do not fix it," the congressman said.
She added, "And – well, do not fix it … And … that's their opening approach, which we've seen in privatization, is the idea that this thing that is not broken, this thing, to provide our veterans with the best care quality, to be somehow repaired, to be tweaked, to til – until we do not recognize it. "
Remember, it not only praises the VA, which is still severely broken argues against reform.
"And here's the thing, they're trying to fix it, but for whom they're trying to fix it, that's the question we have to face, and that's what they are for try to fix the problem, they're trying to repair the VA for pharmaceutical companies, "Ocasio-Cortez said.
She added, "They're trying to repair the VA for insurance companies, and they're trying to set the VA up for a for-profit healthcare industry that does not put people or veterans first, so we have a responsibility to protect them 'cause if there is a community that deserves Cadillac, world-class health care in the United States, then it's our military.'
Trump and Ocasio-Cortez 'fan base, sworn deadly enemies, does not want it but their champions have much more in common than not.