Despite the fact that many of her Democratic colleagues are calling for heads to roll over the Veterans Affairs scandal, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) says the VA system in Florida is doing just fine.
During a Wednesday House hearing on the VA scandal, Brown said she did some “reconnaissance” and discovered there is not “one complaint” about the facilities in her state. It didn’t take long for her opponents to pounce.
The VA in Gainesville, Florida, has fallen under scrutiny after allegations of secret waiting lists like the ones at the infamous Phoenix facility emerged. So far, three supervisors at the Gainesville facility have been put on paid leave.
Officials argue a “paper list” was created, which is against protocol, to reschedule appointments for patients who had already been seen by their provider because the scheduler didn’t have access to the computer system.
The Gainesville VA maintains the list is not like the secret waiting list in Phoenix. The facility is actually in Brown’s district.
As the Washington Examiner notes, Tony D’Aleo, the chapter president of Vietnam Veterans of America in Brown’s hometown of Jacksonville, told local Fox station WAWS-TV just days ago that “we have members in our chapter that have been three and four years waiting for a claim. They’re going to die. They’re honestly going to die.”
Further, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is taking a very different stance than Brown, recently declaring that “heads should roll.”