Judge Nap: Why Was Lid Kept on VA Problems for So Long?
A disturbing new audit has found that at least 57,000 veterans have been waiting 90 or more days for their first VA medical appointment. Another 64,000 who enrolled in VA medical care over the past 10 years have never had appointments.
The audit also found 13 percent of VA schedulers reported that supervisors told them to falsify dates to make wait times appear shorter. Judge Andrew Napolitano believes the problems at the VA could have come out sooner if the Obama administration had not "hounded, pursued and harassed" other whistleblowers that have come forward in recent years.
"I suspect that is probably the government's M.O. Retaliate against the public whistleblowers, and it will intimidate anybody else from coming out from under the wood work," said Napolitano, arguing that the administration has made the lives of whistleblowers "miserable."
"Let's face it, this VA situation didn't come about overnight. It's been there for a long time. The government has kept a lid on it. But when the government breaks the law, when it falsifies records or when it retaliates against people who are revealing the truth, the government itself is breaking its own laws. Big deal, nothing new. The government always breaks its own laws. But we have people that have died as a result of it."
The judge wondered whether the "lid was kept on" the VA problems so that the administration wouldn't face more questions about ObamaCare.
"If the public had ever seen what the federal government does to administer medicine to veterans, it would have been terrified of having its elected representatives vote in favor of ObamaCare."
Watch the full interview above, and hear more analysis from Judge Napolitano, today on Your World at 4p ET.