Air Date: May, 19 2014
Host: Vic Eliason
Guest: Mark Flatten
Mark Flatten is an investigative reporter for the Washington Examiner.
The scandals keep mounting for the Obama administration and this Crosstalk looked at the latest one involving the Veterans Administration.
Mark began by relaying a news story from Fox News concerning a West Virginia psychiatrist who talked about stalling or delaying patients for treatment. The result is that a couple of them apparently committed suicide.
According to Mark, examples like this are not new. Situations like this have been the topic of investigations by the Government Accountability Office and the Inspector General. Even the VA’s internal auditors have identified methods that are being used to ‘game the system’ and the numbers.
Is the VA guilty of delaying colorectal screenings? What’s the secret waiting list compared to the official one? Can we actually track the deaths of some veterans to the delay or denial of care? What part does the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, play in all of this? Get the answers to these and other probing questions when you review this edition of Crosstalk.