Clinton: Problems With the VA Exist, But Are Not ‘Widespread’


Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton told Rachel Maddow Friday that problems in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs are not “as widespread” as they are made out to be.

“You know, 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,” Clinton said, adding, that Republicans push an anti-VA narrative “in pursuit of this ideological agenda that they have.”

Clinton said the VA is a perfect example of Republicans trying “to have it both ways” — “They try to create a downward spiral.  Don’t fund it to the extent that it needs to be funded, because we want it to fail so then we can argue for privatization.  They still want to privatize Medicare.  They still want to do away with Social Security,” Clinton said.

Clinton noted that “if there is a waiting period that is just unacceptable,” veterans should be able to see private physicians “at the cost of the VA.” But, she argued, the problem goes deeper than slow wait times. “If you look at not only VA health care, but the backlog on disability determinations, there’s something not working within the bureaucracy,” Clinton said.

As president, Clinton said she would “do more to make sure that every VA hospital is delivering care to the highest standard of the community, because, unfortunately, some are doing a lot better job than others are.”

“But we have to be more creative about trying to fix the problems that are the legitimate concern, so that we can try to stymie the Republican assault,” she concluded.

Watch the segment above, via MSNBC.

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