Clinton: ‘Republicans Lying – Veterans Are Happy With Their Medical Treatment’ (Video)

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Democrat presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton argued that the VA scandal is not “as widespread as it has been made out to be” and Republicans “want it to fail, so then we can argue for privatization” in an interview broadcast on Friday’s “Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC.

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Hillary began by stating that she doesn’t understand why fixing the VA has been so difficult, and “I don’t understand why we have such a problem, because there have been a number of surveys of veterans, and, overall, veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment.”

She continued, “Now, nobody would believe that from the coverage that you see, and the constant berating of the VA that comes from the Republicans, in part, in pursuit of this ideological agenda.”

Hillary conceded that there has been a real scandal, but “it’s not been as widespread as it has been made out to be [by Republicans]. Now, I do think that some of the reforms that were adopted last year should be given a chance to work.”

Is Hillary Clinton right, are veterans happy with their healthcare, leave a comment and let us know how happy you are.

HT Breitbart

31 COMMENTS

  1. My medical which I receive, I will grade it at 95%. Pretty decent. However, as a 100% combat disabled Veteran of the Vietnam War, I am entitled, by law to receive emergency medical service at a civilian hospital. By law, the VA must cover the cost. Accept, the VA check writers who have nothing to do with any medical treatment refuses to cover them. I owe the local hospital over $17,000.00 for the times I have had to go in as an emergency. The VA section that is suppose to pay the bill refuses telling me that a VA facility is close to my home. I am 165 miles from the closest medical and no local ambulance is going to take me that far when the local hospital is only about ten or so miles. And, I am in medical distress and a true emergency!

    • I’m so sorry that you are being treated that way, they should be free medical for all our vet PERIOD, no if and or butts about it….God bless you

  2. Marvin B. Cohen I am so sorry you are having so much problems with the VA.I wish you the very best and will say a prayer for your situation to be resolved. Thank you for your service. I wish every veteran weather they have received good or bad treatment from the VA would write what they received. The key words in Ms Clinton words are “veterans who do get treated”. I have heard horror stories were veterans get put on a list to be treated. It takes a long time before they get to see a doctor. I have heard that there veterans that have died waiting to see a doctor. I don’t know if this is true or not as you can’t trust the news anymore. It would be nice to know the truth.

  3. Key words: “Veterans who do get treated”. It’s the ones that die waiting for treatment that have the problems. But Hillary probably thinks they’re just republicans too.

  4. I understand some Veterans don’t get the treatment they need in a timely manner. I’m 80% combat rated and I’ve had very good experience with the VA since 1992

  5. The VA said that they their x-rays and MRI of my neck were “inconclusive” and that they didn’t see anything wrong with my neck. This was despite the fact that I had lost strength in my right arm and had tingling in the fingers of my right hand. Two years later, I had a three level cervical fusion.
    They have said the same thing about my lower back, despite repeated problems with sciatica. They made me an appointment to see the doctor. Before I saw the doctor, I received a letter telling me that my benefits were in danger of being cut off because I didn’t keep the appointment with physical therapy. No one told me I had an appointment with physical therapy and I had to explain that to them multiple times. I finally told them that they were in danger of losing their job because they weren’t doing it and I would be talking to my Senator about the problem. That got cleared up.
    After seeing the doctor, they took x-rays that they said were “inconclusive”. Did an MRI that they said was “inconclusive”. Repeated the x-rays that they said were “inconclusive” and wanted to repeat the MRI again. I had to go over the medical procedures that should be followed. If the x-rays don’t show anything, you do a MRI. If it doesn’t show anything, you don’t repeat the x-rays and try to repeat the MRI. You do a procedure called a myelogram. They said that they would set an appointment for that and let me know when the appointment was. I called them every two weeks for over six months to find out when the appointment would be. They kept telling me that they would let me know as soon as it was made. I finally decided I would wait to see how long it would take them. It has been over 10 years now and I still don’t have an appointment for the myelogram.
    And Hillary thinks that I feel that I am getting good care from the VA? These are service connected disabilities. I have NOT been taken care of by the VA. They have done nothing but give me the run around since 1984. The only treatment I have received has been from a civilian doctor on my insurance and my dime. The VA has been no help.
    Here is a hint to Hillary, I am not satisfied with my treatment by the VA. It has been non-existent! The thing that scares me is that the Democrats have promised this high level of healthcare to everyone in the nation under Obamacare. I guess we just won’t have any healthcare in this country if that is true!

    • David,

      I understand you completely. I have almost the same exact conditions as you. It took 6 years of screwing around with my health and well being before I finally received a fusion in my cervical veritable. I had a crusty old doctor that I loved dearly who tried and tried to get surgery approved for me. It took nearly 6 years before he was finally able to get me scheduled with an outside neurosurgeon who performed the fusion almost immediately. Sadly, because it took so long I have a small amount of permanent damage in my right arm – loss of strength, some loss of coordination, and loss of feel. I describe the loss of feel as having a rubber surgical glove on my right hand. Yes, I can feel with my hand, but it’s like I have a thin film between my fingers and whatever I’m touching.

      Right now I’m caught up in this pain management circus. I take Morphine, Hydrocodone, and 3600mg of Gabapentin daily for pain in my back and for the constant, severe, never ending headaches. My headaches are sometimes so severe that I simply lie on the couch and moan with tears in my eyes. I’m now being told that my Gabapentin is to be reduced and that in the near future I’ll no longer be able to receive either the Morphine or the Hydrocodone. And there is absolutely no talk of any other medication being prescribed to replace them. I’m supposed to attend a 4 day ‘Boot Camp’ with my wife so that we can both “learn to live with the pain”.

      If no one else will, I’ll go on record here to say that Hillary Clinton is a liar, at least in regards to this subject. I’ll leave other subjects to your own discretion. Please note that she specifically states, “Veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment”. I suppose I couldn’t argue with that. I’d have to say that I was fairly happy with the treatment that I finally received for various medical conditions. Therein lies the kicker. Remember that it took 6 years to receive the cervical fusion that relieved the excruciating pain I had in my neck, shoulder, and upper arm. It also took 13 months to to finally refer me out to an ENT for a serious sinus infection. Needless to say I had already chosen to go to an outside source for the problem and had received a simple antibiotic to clear the infection up.

      I could go on and on about my personal experiences, but I won’t. I will say that I talk to a great many Veterans in waiting rooms that relay similar stories to me. I certainly have never gotten the feeling that all the other Vets I spoke with were happy with their care. Right now, as I type this, there is no permanent physician assigned to the local clinic. I have no primary care provider, only a primary care facility. The bring a number of doctors and nurse practitioners in to ‘cover’ the absence. I haven’t seen the same provider twice for any condition I’ve gone in for. And each of them has their own idea about what treatment I should receive. That makes it extremely difficult to continue a course of treatment to alleviate the condition.

      Final statement on this particular subject? She’s lying out and out for whatever reason. I could offer my own hypothesis, but I’m sure you all already have one.

      • Correction to my above submission. The second sentence in the first paragraph should read, “It took 6 years of screwing around with my health and well being before I finally received a fusion in my cervical vertebra.” That’s VERTEBRA and NOT veritable. Spell checker got that one wrong.

  6. She is telling a half truth. Many veterans who DO get treatment are satisfied. Part of the problem is GETTING IN to get treatment. I am sure Hillary is only hours between her phone call and the medical appointment. Try waiting weeks or months. A separate issue is the quality of care. This pretty much depends on your location. My experience has been that the doctors fall in to three categories; Excellent doctors happy to serve. Those doctors serving a mandatory time frame to pay off student loans. And those doctors that couldn’t hack it in private practice. Another major problem is Disability claims. Having to wait 3 years or more for a claim that is being appealed while the vet and family live in poverty is criminal.

  7. I’m a disabled Vietnam veteran and it took a civilian doctor to read my records and write them a letter to get me on 60% disability. I had applied many times since 1968 and kept getting turned down. The problems were (1). The Medical Records at St. Louis, MO evidently purged my records and there was no medical records from the Emergency Room at 3d Field Army Hospital in Saigon nor of the two week stay in “Intensive Care” before I was medivaced to an Air Force Hospital in Japan. During the three months there (one in Intensive Care or “Isolation” there is no record of anything that happened. The only records are “cover sheets” which tells very little. When I went to the VA Clinic I usually got a different doctor so I, like everyone else, was only a number.

  8. If the vet’s are taken car of then why are they waiting around to see the Dr? It takes a long time to get an appointment, and sometime they can’t even make one. They are treated like crap!

  9. My experiences have been very mixed with the VA. I had torn my mcl and went to personal doctor knowing it would take far less time than going thru the VA. When i did see my VA doc and told her what was going on she said she wanted to test my knee. She grabbed and tried to move my knee and said well its not moving. I asked her if she could feel the very large brace with metal hinges that the orthopedic doctor had me in. You know the ones you see the football lineman wearing. She responded with oh you have a brace on. That shows you the care i have received. And so you all know, Congress now wants to cut VA funding by 870 MILLION dollars. Understaffed and already underfunded and lets take even more away so they can get raises.

  10. I AM NOT HAPPY with the service given. Therefore I have left the country and stopped asking for help from them. Key word is those that have been treated and helped. I was trying for three years to get help and during that time and the wait list is crap. You can’t have a job and get help from the VA, you’ll sit there all day. It is a joke and now I use the Wounded Warrior Project and have been taken care of in a month of just talking with them and receiving services and other avenues to get help.
    Just as the last post, I tore my ACL and had my team doc in college state it was torn. I went to the VA and asked for an MRI and also referral for outside surgery. The doctor who received me told me I needed physical therapy and if it was not better after three months we would reevaluate. Guess what I went around him, got the MRI and my ACL was torn and I did need the surgery. The officials who work there are incompetent and I feel they just do what they can to save money.
    Those who work at the VA are also veterans, and they are secure in their jobs and are getting their benefits. Clinton is a joke as a leader and person as well and has no right to have a say so in veterans. I could continue with this rant but I’ll finish with this, the VA does need to be redone. I have a 1SG who just retired 4 months ago and has yet to receive care or help from the VA after 26 years of service. And you tell me there is nothing wrong?

  11. I am a 30% Service Connected Veteran and use the VA, I think it is awful. Last time I went to an appointment, had a 2 pm appointment. I left at 3:40 without being seen. They have absolutely no regard for the time of the patients.

  12. I m 100% combat disabled from the marines in viet nam and the v a is better than when I came home but they are still bad therenothing more than clinics and holding tanks

  13. I had ask for you guys to tell me whether or not you received good or bad care from the VA. So far I count eight out of eleven received terrible care. Out of the three left over one was a veteran who said he had good care. The other two were just comments and one of those comments was mine. Keep posting let people know as this tells me alot. Our supposed leader just cut the military budget. I want to THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. Let others know what is going on here and spread the word and tell your senator and congressman that it time to take care of the people who have done the most to keep them in their jobs. I don’t mean just you guys that have served I mean everyone.

  14. I’m a EMT and work for 2 separate ambulance services that do both 911 response and interfacilility transports, we have a fairly large VA hospital in the state that I work. With that being said, it’s extremely sad how often we get vets that refuse to go to the VA hospital because of how poorly they say they get treated. The VA is about a 50 min away from one of the local hospitals that I service and we’ve had vets who have decided that they would rather go to a hospital that was over 2 hours away vs the VA, just because of how poor their care is.

  15. Short and sweet. I have been waiting two years now to get a piece of shrapnel taken out of my hand. I live two blocks from a VA hospital. I now cannot move my thumb on my left hand. I am tired of Hillary’s lies. My best friend lost both his legs and received a letter last year that his benefits were being cut because it was determined that his problem was cured. I am tired of Hillary’s lies.

  16. Not a single one I know is…. my Dad died trying and my mother is still fighting for his and her benefits at 81……things are so great under Democrats for Vets I guess thats why they are supporting #Trump2016

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    [CITE: 42CFR1003.105] Sec. 1003.105 EXCLUSION from participation in [ HCFA ] Medicare, Medicaid and all Federal health care programs [ OPM FEHB, TRICARE, CHAMPVA ]. A gross and flagrant violation is one that presents an Imminent DANGER: ~~ Michigan State Attorney Generals Jennifer Granholm and Wallace Hart HCF Division, illegal agreement – http://www.JUSTICE.gov/dag/pubdoc/HIPAA00ar21.htm – with HHS OIG June Gibbs Brown – HCFA Nancy DeParle – http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/selfdisclosure.asp – Using Hospital HHS social workers for enactment of a dispute resolution procedure: fully launched in 1999 http://www.michigan.gov/documents/HMO_Complaint_Informationa_158401_7.htm – criminal denial of Existing ( OPM FEHB _ CHAMPVA – etal. ) hospital and nursing facility services: PATIENT DUMPING.
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  18. My husband is 100 percent and his private doctor sent him to be evaluated at the Mayo Clinic for transplant because they were the BEST in our area. The VA said they wouldn’t pay for travel or hotel stay because they wanted him to travel to the regional VA hospital which is just 10 miles less in mileage I wouldn’t have minded them just keeping the 10 extra mile, We still would of had to have a hotel and drive there.They wouldn’t even pay for the mileage or hotel so that he would be able to receive superior care at a non VA facility. So in the words of Hillary What difference would it make if he were seen at VA or civilian hospital as far as mileage and hotel stay for a service connected condition!!

  19. My husband is 100 percent and his private doctor sent him to be evaluated at the Mayo Clinic for transplant because they were the BEST in our area. The VA said they wouldn’t pay for travel or hotel stay because they wanted him to travel to the regional VA hospital which is just 10 miles less in mileage I wouldn’t have minded them just keeping the 10 extra mile, We still would of had to have a hotel and drive there.They wouldn’t even pay for the mileage or hotel so that he would be able to receive superior care at a non VA facility. So in the words of Hillary What difference would it make if he were seen at VA or civilian hospital as far as mileage and hotel stay for a service connected condition!!The money wasted at these hospitals would be better served by treating veterans locally

  20. Va is a hot steamy pile of shit. Been fighting for five years to get my disability claim. My benefits were dropped when my financial situation got worse and I started having more back problems. It needs a complete reform.

  21. fought the VA for 20 years. was diagnosed wrong. was basically dumped like garbage. had to have a total breakdown for the VA to even give a crap about me. took another 10 years to finally get compensation, had to fight for it the whole time. Hillary claims vets are getting the care they need and deserve while doing everything she can to Support Obama taking funds from the VA to bring refugees here and provide care for Illegal aliens? that should say everything that needs to be said about this evil Bitch.

  22. I like it? I’m happy with it? I can’t even get in to be seen sometimes. There is a hierarchy in care, and female “cold war veteran” retirees are not on the VA’s “dashboard” to follow-up or track how long things take. I frankly use TriCare Prime for nearly all my needs. Although there are things covered by VA that have a hefty co-pay for TriCare.

    I once waited 60 days for an evaluation that was canceled on the same day I was given for the appointment. I was in the waiting room, and had already signed in.

    I’ve tried several times over the years and I guess I am just not “bitchy enough” about it. So long as I can use TriCare why bother with VA?

  23. i know that the VA in Biloxi MS is doing better then the national average. It could very well be that the people she has talked to have had good care! I have been to our VA to visit many veterans or accompanied them on appointments. They have approximate 4 to 6 week wait for appointments but then most civilian doctors are the same! There are problems at many VA’s but others are run well. So all are not terrible. When I heard the horror stories I just was appalled but I had a brother who was seen in CT. The biggest problem they have is the amount of people they have to see in the amount of hours in a day! We need more VA hospitals or MTF’s willing to see veterans. We have huge amounts of retirees in pockets that put a huge strain on the few resources. I know there is wrongdoing!!! I hope the investigations will correct the,]m.. But in the end it comes down to money from Congress to pay for more hospitals or clinics to see the ever growing amount of veterans. During Reagonomics many were closed or downsized never thinking we would ever go to war again! Well here we are again! And now we need to build or at least open clinics for doctor appointments! Hire more doctors! We need this now!

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