Obama on Veterans’ Care in 2012: ‘We Will Not Rest . . . Until We Get This Right.’

President Obama, speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in July 2012:

The VA and DOD will work harder towards a seamless transition so new veterans aren’t just piled on to the backlog. And we will not rest — I will not be satisfied until we get this right.

This month we learned of:

hidden waiting lists at a growing number of veterans’ hospitals (seven so far) — wherein dozens of veterans died while waiting months for vital treatment, and the VA covered up the lengthy wait times.

The Daily Beast:

Add Albuquerque, New Mexico’s to the growing list of VA hospitals accused of keeping secret waiting lists to hide delays for veterans seeking medical care. And it may already be too late to get to the truth and find out what harm, if any, was done to veterans there — VA officials are already destroying records to cover their tracks, a whistleblower inside the hospital tells The Daily Beast.

Jay Carney, today:

I believe we learned about [the deaths on VA waiting lists] through the reports. I’ll double-check if that’s not the case, but that’s when we learned about them.

Looks like somebody “rested” before they “got this right.”

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