May 22nd, 2014
08:15 AM ET
7 months ago

House VA chairman: ‘This is just the tip of the iceberg’

(CNN) - The chairman of the congressional committee charged with investigating allegations of cooked books, a secret wait list and cover-ups in the Veterans Affairs health care system says the findings are "just the tip of the iceberg."

"I know there's more to come," Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Florida, chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee said on New Day on Thursday. "We've received some information and some tips that will make what has already come look like kindergarten stuff."

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  1. Tom l

    I agree totally with Yolanda. There's enough blame to go around. Let's help the vets and put the partisan politics aside. For once

    May 22, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Where was this Republican Senator when vets were languishing in V.A. Hospitals during the Bush administration? Huh? Crockets chirping...

    May 22, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "he's been there 5.5 years now. he had every opportunity to fix it and didn't."'
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    "George W. Bush had been there for 8 years. He had every opportunity to neglect it, and did."

    FIFY. Let's not forget that the 40 reported deaths date back to 2001, not 2009 as the right would have you believe.

    May 22, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. CryBabies

    Anonymous.....Yup.

    May 22, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. just asking

    Sniffit
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    "he's been there 5.5 years now. he had every opportunity to fix it and didn't."'
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    Do you have proof he knew about these "secret lists"
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    are you kidding me? are you seriously defending this clueless idiot? the problems at the va are legendary and widely known. he and obama were told about known problems, including the suspected inaccuracy of these wait times. in 5.5 years just what was done to determine what was going on? nothing, zip, nada. this was happening at what 20, 30, places (not sure what the latest count is up to), involving many people. it should not have been very difficult to find out what was going on if one was truly interested in finding out and fixing the problem.

    another poster posted about the number of patients being seen by doctors versus private hospitals. no where near the same output. that fact alone should have set off alarms if the place was being managed properly. but in large bloated bureaucracy, there is absolutely no incentive to do so.

    obamacare will bring the very same to all americans. while our veterans are the ones currently getting the shaft, we should all be alarmed at what this means for all of us.

    May 22, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. J Anthony

    This is shameful, has been for a long time. If these political oppurtunist scum won't do whats right and start pulling together for the good of the ccountry,they're not doing their jobs and we, the people, need to fire them. And you shameless partisan hack commenters are beneath contempt. I wonder if any of you people have a clue about anything. All you seem to know is hate and resentment. Some real life issues are, sadly, ripe for political exploitation. This is not one of them.

    May 22, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    Sniffit
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    "he's been there 5.5 years now. he had every opportunity to fix it and didn't."'
    -
    Do you have proof he knew about these "secret lists"
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    are you kidding me? are you seriously defending this clueless idiot? the problems at the va are legendary and widely known. he and obama were told about known problems, including the suspected inaccuracy of these wait times.
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    "he and Obama"? He who? Bush?

    You see, here's the biggest problem with this latest fake scandal. You are conflating the long wait times, which was known in 2007, with the number fudging which was not known in 2007. The right wing narrative wants us to believe that Barack Obama campaigned on fixing this number fudging since when he campaigned for POTUS in 2008. You tell us that he made campaign promises to fix it. .. .. ... and that's the part that pops the bubble. Because if Obama knew about these misdeeds in 2007/2008, then that means that the Bush administration knew about it and completely ignored it.

    May 22, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque

    Lets see....Didn't the GOTP vote down a bill just this last Feb. that would have put money to shortening the wait time? Why, heavens, I believe they did. Has this problem been going on for just the last few years? Try decades.
    The longest war in our history has flooded the VA with injuries they were probably never equipped to deal with. But was it Cheney or Rummy who said you go to war with the army you have, not the one you wish you had. Was the VA not part of that army? Have they GOTP not constantly voted against benefits for veterans?
    This issue should absolutely be fixed and immediately. But trying to lay the blame on one President is ridiculous. So offer some plans to fix it. Oh, I forgot. The GOTP has no plans or clue about how to fix or govern anything.

    May 22, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    I am fed up of the first requirement by republicans of going for the highest person in the Obama administration for any conceivable act. Fast and furious, IRS Benghazi repeal ACA ( ACA is nowhere near a single payer system) and Now this Vet matter.Shinseki must go and Obama for doing nothing for vets, he has to go as well.
    One of these days my Republican representatives and Senators will actually do something that is meaningful thru their committees with a viable alternative to what Obama has done.
    Personally I cannot vote for a party the just criticizes or conducts meaning less witch hunts ad nauseum and whose objective should be to fix the problem or mess.... then if needed make someone accountable.
    PS the Obama admin increase VA spending by $50bn... and the senate asked for more Filbustered by Senate Republicans
    Can we please for once do what's needed first to fix the problem and in doing so get to those who should be held accountable.... not decide who is accountable without all the facts because that sounds very un-American to me i.e guilty until proven innocent!/!?
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    May 23, 2014 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
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