On Wednesday, CNN released a shocking report that at least 40 veterans died while waiting for treatment from the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system. The CNN report suggests the Phoenix VA used a “secret list” to stage a cover-up of the long wait times that ultimately led to a loss of life. Congress has now called for an investigation into the “extremely disturbing allegations.” On radio this morning, Glenn discussed the latest example of how we have failed to provide the necessary care and support for our veterans.
“If you remember right, when we first went national [on radio], it was on the buildup to the Iraq War. And I did something called a ‘Rally for America,’” Glenn said. “It was, ‘Listen: If we’re going to do this, we have to promise each other right now we’re going to fight it with everything we have. And then when we come home we’re not going to spit on them. We’re going to take care of them. I refuse to be the 1960s generation.’ Well, guys, we are becoming the 60s generation.”
According to the CNN report, the ‘secret list’ is an “elaborate scheme” to hide from the federal government the fact that nearly 1,600 ailing veterans have been forced to wait for months on end for medical attention.
“The scheme was deliberately put in place to avoid the VA’s own internal rules,” Sam Foote, a retired doctor who spent 24 years working for the Phoenix VA hospital, told CNN, adding that the list is the invention of hospital management. “They developed the secret waiting list.”
There are two lists that the Phoenix VA uses for patient appointments, the retired doctor said. There’s an “official list,” which shows that veterans are being provided timely and effective medical care. And there’s the “secret” list, which accurately reflects the fact that veterans are being forced to wait months for care.
Glenn and Pat agreed this is America’s first look at the death panel system that many warned of before the passage of Obamacare in 2010.
“This is government-run health care,” Pat said of the VA. “So this is the way your death panel works. ‘This is going to hurt our stats as a hospital. So let’s put these guys on a separate list so it doesn’t hurt our staff.’ And that’s what they’re alleging is that there’s some kind of secret list.”
Glenn explained that now more than ever it is essential we find ways to provide care and support for our veterans. Glenn has spoken openly about the treatment his is receiving at the Carrick Brain Center in Dallas, and the work that private organization is doing to help as many people as possible.
“We have to dedicate ourselves to help these guys because nobody else is doing it… Read the story on TheBlaze about the veteran that just can’t get an appointment… It’s the Canadian healthcare system, except this one is intentional,” Glenn concluded. “How much money are we giving away to the rest of the world? How much money have we sent over to the Middle East… It’s insane.”
Check out the entire CNN report HERE.
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