by Allen West
Two weeks ago, Barack Hussein Obama stood before the American Legion in Charlotte NC. The response was tepid. It should have been silence. Now, the Washington Examiner tells us why: “Crucial language that the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general could not “conclusively” prove that delays in care caused patient deaths at a Phoenix hospital was added to its final report after a draft version was sent to agency administrators for comment, the Washington Examiner has learned. The single most compelling sentence in the inspector general’s 143-page final report on fraudulent scheduling practices at the Phoenix veterans’ hospital did not appear in the draft version, according to a staff analysis by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. It was inserted into the final version, the only one that was released to the public, after agency officials had a chance to comment and recommend revisions.” So the Veterans Administration Inspector General allowed his draft report to be altered by the very agency he was reporting on! This is not exactly what the IG is supposed to do.
The Examiner says, “while the case reviews in this report document poor quality of care, we are unable to conclusively assert that the absence of timely quality care caused the deaths of these veterans,” the final IG report stated in two places. No such language appears in the draft version that was sent by the IG to agency officials for comment. Key members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs have questioned whether the agency pressured the IG to soften its already scathing conclusions that phony appointment logs were used to hide long delays in care at the Phoenix facility.”
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