Since a Veteran’s Affairs (VA) audit revealed that more than 57,000 veterans have been waiting over 90 days for appointments at VA hospitals/facilities, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is teaming up with Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) to ask that a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate alleged abuse by the VA.
Also discovered by the audit was that VA schedulers were told by their supervisors to change appointment request dates to give the illusion that veterans were not waiting long at all for their appointments. Cassidy said a special prosecutor is vital to get to the bottom of the VA scandal. Barrow echoed Cassidy’s point.
“The internal VA audit released last week confirmed our suspicions that the VA is being mismanaged,” Cassidy said. “Now a Special Council should be appointed to determine whether or not this mismanagement is criminal.”
“We’re just beginning to get the full picture of the problems at the VA, and the resignation of one person isn’t going to fix what’s broken,” said Barrow, referring to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki on May 30. “We have to make sure we hold all of the appropriate people responsible, and do whatever it takes to make sure it never happens again.”
“We have an obligation to care for our troops when they return home,” said Cassidy, a candidate for the U.S. Senate. “The internal VA audit showed that this responsibility is being ignored. This investigation will help us work towards implementing patient-centered reforms that put our veterans’ healthcare interests above bureaucrats.”
The VA scandal is just one of many for the Obama administration. And Cassidy is not the only Louisiana Republican horrified by the claims of abuse by the VA.
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has said when the scandal first came to light that officials in the Obama administration needed to be held accountable. Previously, Cassidy has called the VA scandal an example of what happens when government runs the healthcare system.