A whistleblower claims that U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs prioritized Obamacare applications over veterans healthcare processing.
The VA is engulfed in a corruption scandal involving secret waiting lists and other forms of alleged mismanagement at VA hospitals designed to conceal the true extent of the backlog for military veterans waiting for medical care, some of whom allegedly died while they were in limbo awaiting doctors appointments.
Commenting on the VA massive backlog in general in an interview with FNC's Neil Cavuto, whistleblower Scott Davis asserted that "There's so much pressure on the employees to get stuff done so that management can meet goals, it's easy to make mistakes, it's easy to have mishaps. What happens is, instead of the VA focusing on doing what's right for our nation's veterans -- meaning taking time, processing each application diligently and appropriately -- pressure is placed on frontline employees to overwork themselves, rush through the application process, to hit goals for members of management."
Davis, a program specialist at the VA's Georgia Health Eligibility Center, also claimed that 17,000 applications for VA healthcare may have been destroyed and that the pending application backlog for veterans seeking care could possibly be as high as 600,000.
Explaining how Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act, affected veterans applications for health services, Davis added that
What you find is that there's extensive pressure on the staff to process applications, to focus our attention to applications based on specific campaigns. For example, I shared with your producer that we actually put incoming applications aside so we could focus on the [Obamacare] related applications that came in over last summer. That's wrong. We should treat each veteran equally and focus on applications, as they come in, not because of special campaigns coming out of D.C."