Last week, when asked by reporters about the arguably deadly wait times that vets have endured (or not), Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald replied, “What really counts is how does the veteran feel about their encounter with the VA. When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? . . . What’s important is: What’s your satisfaction with the experience?”
The national commander of the American Legion, Dale Barnett, calls the remark “an unfortunate comparison”:
“People,” after all, “don’t die while waiting to go on Space Mountain.”
The secretary also errs about Disney, as Fox News’s Neil Cavuto noted. Disney does measure the time people must wait in line. The for-profit company goes out of its way to entertain folks while they wait.
But the clowns running the Veterans Administration shouldn’t take up entertainment.
Fix the problem.
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders both seek to throw more money at the VA. They seem most concerned in protecting the Veterans Administration, not veterans. And Sanders’s real beef turns out to be with Disney.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, tweeted: “Obama’s VA Secretary just said we shouldn’t measure wait times. Hillary says VA problems are not ‘widespread.’ I will take care of our vets!”
But will he? Through the VA system?
A zillion reform efforts have failed.
Let’s demand more than a simple promise sans details.
Do congressmen wait months to get a medical appointment? No. Then why not close the VA and give veterans the same healthcare coverage as our (pardon the term) representatives?
On this Memorial Day, who comes first: the vets or the politicians?
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
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