Top VA Officials Knew of Problems, Before the Scandal
By Brewster S. Rawls on December 29, 2014
So, this spring’s VA scandal was not such a surprise after all. VA executives knew of the problems there – manipulating figures regarding timeliness of care – for five years before the news broke. The president may have heard the news about the VA from CNN, but the story was not news at all for those running the VA. I suppose there is nothing surprising about this story, sadly. One has to take news reports with a grain of salt. That is not to say that this New York Times article is not factually correct. It almost certainly is. What we do have to consider is that there may be more to the story and/or the context might not be quite what it seems. Having said that, however, I am hard pressed to see this as anything other than what it seems to be: That the VA knew of serious problems and did little or nothing to correct those problems. While many, if not most, health care providers at VA facilities try to do their jobs and give good care to our veterans, the management of the system is broken – and broken very badly. The issue is whether or not it can be fixed. I wish I had more optimism that it could be. I don’t. I hope I am wrong.