If you are a veteran or if you have a family that is a veteran, then you have seen, heard or been a part of the long wait times at the veterans’ clinic. I have been in the waiting room of the VA clinic when my father goes for his visits and I have seen the wait times to see a doctor are ridiculous for people who have served our country.
On Monday, when I was told of the VA Secretary comments on wait times at the clinics, I knew I had to go check them out for myself. Well to be honest, when I saw the comments that this guy made, my blood began to boil.
During a breakfast with reporters on Monday, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald compared the difference between the lengths of time veterans wait to receive medical attention to the time people wait for attractions at Walt Disney World. McDonald then went on to say that since Disney does not stress wait time as a measure of success, then the VA should not either.
“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?” McDonald said Monday during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. “And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind of measure.”
If you did not like his comments on the VA, you are not alone. Not only are veterans and their family members appalled by his comments, but even House Speaker Paul Ryan took to his Twitter account to show his displeasure for the VA Secretary comments. Ryan Tweeted:
“This is not make-believe, Mr. Secretary. Veterans have died waiting in those lines.”
While I am not a fan of Paul Ryan, and disagree with a lot of his hidden agenda, I will have to agree with him on his tweet about his displeasure with the VA.
Everyone is well aware that the VA has been under fire for years regarding the excessive wait times that veterans have been forced to put up with, but in several cases, the care that they are depending on comes way too late, which results in increased discomfort, pain, or even death.