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FLASHBACK: Hillary Clinton Claimed The VA Scandal Was Not ‘Widespread’

Claimed Vets Were Satisfied With Their Treatment

Last October, Hillary Clinton claimed the VA healthcare system scandal was not “as widespread as it has been made out to be” during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. She added that “there have been a number of surveys of veterans, and overall veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment.”

Mismanagement of the VA healthcare system has resulted in the deaths of dozens of veterans, and many more have been subjected to secret waiting lists, long wait times, and inadequate care.

At the Phoenix VA facility alone, 40 American veterans have died. CNN also also conducted investigations in South Carolina and Georgia and found similar conditions, resulting in veterans needlessly dying.

Additionally, secret waiting lists have been reported at facilities in Austin, Texas, Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Clinton’s comments about veterans being “satisfied with their treatment,” was panned by Washington Post fact checkers:

“Independent, scientific surveys show veteran attitudes toward medical care at the VA are mixed. And the Gallup poll that most directly relates to the issues unearthed by the scandal found that 55 percent of veterans found it somewhat difficult or very difficult to access VA care.

It’s misleading to make a sweeping generalization about veterans attitudes on this topic and attribute it to “numerous surveys.”