By now you've likely heard of the scandal with veterans health in which government bureaucrats delayed vital care for vets and hid the results to make it appear they were responsive to the needs of their patients when the exact opposite was true. It's a warning for anyone who may come to rely on the government for health care which may be all of us soon.
The scandal broke at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix where patients died while waiting for care that never arrived. Five years ago Obama went to Phoenix and delivered a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. Looking back five years it reads like a sad litany of broken promises and failed leadership on the entire range of military and national security issues but particularly this section:
OBAMA: We're going to challenge each of our 57 regional VA offices to come up with the best ways of doing business, of harnessing the best information technologies, of cutting red tape and breaking through the bureaucracy. And then we're going to fund the best ideas and put them into action, all with a simple mission: cut those backlogs, slash those wait times, deliver your benefits sooner. (Applause.) I know you've heard this for years, but the leadership and resources we're providing this time means that we're going to be able to do it. That is our mission, and we are going to make it happen. (Applause.)Empty words from Obama and another scandal in incompetence and indifference to needs of vulnerable people who must depend on the government for care. Sadly, we've seen it happen many times over the last five years and Obama's still got three more to go!
Now, taken together, these investments represent a historic increase in our commitment to America's veterans -- a 15 percent increase over last year's funding levels and the largest increase in the VA budget in more than 30 years. And over the next five years we'll invest another $25 billion to make sure that our veterans are getting what they need.
These are major investments, and these are difficult times. Fiscal discipline demands that we make hard decisions -- sacrificing certain things we can't afford. But let me be clear. America's commitment to its veterans are not just lines on a budget. They are bonds that are sacred -- a sacred trust we're honor bound to uphold.
These are commitments that we make to the patriots who serve -- from the day they enlist to the day that they are laid to rest.