Friday, September 26, 2014

Michaud dodges question on VA corruption scandal (again) Maine (D) for Governor

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U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, sitting in the Veterans Affairs Committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following new developments in the Veterans Affairs health care corruption scandal, U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, the ranking Democrat on the Veterans Affairs Committee, is struggling to answer questions about how the committee is only now addressing problems in the system that have been brewing for nearly a decade.

In May, a preliminary report from the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shocked the country by pointing up systemic delays in care for U.S. military veterans, delays that some say contributed to the deaths of former servicemen and servicewomen.

But last Wednesday, the VA Committee convened to hear new testimony regarding an alleged “white washing” of an August 26 Inspector General report focused on whether delays in patient care at the Phoenix VA facility contributed to the death of veterans. The hearing was prompted by a CBS news report in which a VA whistle-blower said the Inspector General’s report was “water-down” to conceal the fact that veterans had died as the result of secret wait lists.

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