Glenn Beck: Obama Organized P.O.W Deal To Distract From The V.A. (VIDEO)
Beck was incensed that President Obama had secured the release of American Bowe Bergdahl – a Taliban prisoner of war being held in Afghanistan who was in failing health – in a swap for five high-ranking Taliban officials that were being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Beck’s theory was that the move was nothing more than an evil plot by the socialist usurper (that would Obama) to detract attention away from the developing story of systemic issues within the Veterans Administration that is keeping our veterans from getting timely care.
“(Obama) was starting to look very, very weak because of the VA… the only reason why this happened is because the President is trying to get the (Veterans Administration) off the front page of the newspapers. That’s all he’s doing. He’s just trying to get everybody to stop talking about the VA.”
Never mind that a recent article in Mother Jones uncovered a 2005 Inspector Generals report that revealed even then serious problems in patient backlogs at the VA and the controversial use of “informal waiting lists (of veterans waiting for care).”
The report said that “unreported, informal waiting lists compromise the VHA’s ability to assess and manage demand for health care,” and recommended;
“…that all veterans with referrals either have scheduled appointments within 7 business days or be included on electronic waiting lists, and… ensure medical facilities prohibit the use of informal waiting lists.”
For the history impaired (which would include Glenn Beck’s entire audience), 2005 was the beginning of George W. Bush’s second term. I guess GW was too busy CREATING VETERANS and overseeing the worst financial crisis since the great depression to give the report much of his attention.
Video via Right Wing Watch
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