This is not make-believe, Mr. Secretary. Veterans have died waiting in those lines. https://t.co/OxfT3AYzTi
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) May 23, 2016
Earlier today, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald directly compared wait lines for VA health care to Disneyland. Seriously.
Here’s exactly what he said:
“When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience. And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind of measure.”
There really are no words to describe the absurdity of this statement, but we’ll give it a shot. The VA is not the happiest place on earth—far from it. Veterans have died waiting in line for health care at VA facilities. There’s no Fast Pass at the VA. Veterans seeking immediate medical attention don’t have that luxury. Instead, many have found themselves waiting months or even years for medical attention—all while VA officials manipulate wait list times in order to preserve their bonuses.
This kind of flippant comment shows just how seriously the Obama administration's VA is taking these life or death problems. And it's not acceptable.
House Republicans are committed to holding the VA accountable, and this requires real reforms so that it actually takes care of our veterans. Just last week, we passed bipartisan legislation forcing the VA to improve wait times, strengthen its electronic health records, and eliminate bonuses for senior administration employees. You can learn more about this important bill from Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), vice chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, in our most recent Republican address.
The brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom and safety deserve so much better from the VA. We won’t stop fighting until all veterans can easily access the quality care they need and deserve. It’s the least we can do.