America Rising Releases New Video, “Not Widespread?”
Today, America Rising is releasing a new video based on Hillary Clinton’s comments during an interview on The Rachel Maddow Show.
During that discussion, Clinton was asked about the scandal that rocked the America’s VA healthcare system last year. Clinton claimed that the scandal, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of veterans due to secret waiting lists and veterans not receiving the care they needed, was “not as widespread as it has been made out to be.”
The inaccurate, disrespectful comment showed just how out of touch Clinton is when it comes to veterans issues.
Senator John McCain, a Vietnam veteran and former POW, blasted Clintons’ remarks as demonstrating “a total lack of appreciation for the crisis” and told Fox News that Clinton “doesn’t understand veterans, she doesn’t understand what they need, and she is politicizing the issue.” McCain demanded Clinton apologize to our nation’s veterans.
As many as 40 American veterans died while waiting for care in the Phoenix VA facility alone. Additionally, CNN conducted investigations in South Carolina and Georgia that found long wait times are needlessly killing veterans and the culture of secret waiting lists has also been reported at facilities in Austin, Texas, Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, to name a few.
An editorial from the Arizona Republic criticized Clinton’s politicization of the debate in an op-ed titled: “No, Hillary, VA woes are not overblown”
“[N]o one has injected the kind of accusatory, issue-dismissing language into the debate that Clinton has.”
Below is the full exchange between Clinton and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow regarding the veterans health care crisis:
CLINTON: “Yeah, and I don’t understand that. 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. Now…”
MADDOW: “Much more so than people in the regular system.” CLINTON: “That’s exactly right.”
MADDOW: “Yeah. Right.”
CLINTON: “Now, nobody would believe that from the coverage that you see, and the constant berating of the VA that comes from the Republicans, in part in pursuit of this ideological agenda that they have.”
MADDOW: “But in part because there has been real scandal.”
CLINTON: “There has been. And – but it’s not been as widespread as it has been made out to be.”