In a hearing about the Phoenix veterans’ healthcare waiting lists, Florida Representative Corrine Brown makes it clear that there are no such problems in the state of Florida. “I did my reconnaissance in Florida. I can tell you, we’re doing fine in Florida. We have a new hospital…in Orlando…soon…I hope…I’ve been working on it. We have a wrap-around in Gainesville. We have new cemeteries in Florida. We serve almost 600,000 veterans a year in Florida.” Brown goes on to say that none of the veterans groups she has spoken with had any complaints. Also, she points out, “Under this president, when we had a Democratic House and Democratic Senate, we got the largest VA increase in the budget in the history of the United States.”
Meanwhile, back in the real world, the state of Florida is preparing to sue the Department of Veteran Affairs for not allowing state health care inspectors access to VA hospitals. And, despite Ms. Brown’s claim that she is on top of all things VA in the state of Florida, “the VA hospital in Gainesville has reportedly placed three employees on leave after an audit found the names of more than 200 veterans on a handwritten list. The veterans were waiting for appointments and hadn’t yet been entered into the electronic scheduling system, Greg says.” No secret waiting lists in Florida, you say, Representative? I’m not sure where you are getting your information!
I’m also not sure why she included the cemeteries in her list of Florida VA accomplishments, but perhaps she knows that we will be needing them soon. Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy calls Brown “aggressively ignorant,” but perhaps the truth is that she is in competition for what Neal Boortz says about Maxine Waters – she’s “arguably the dumbest member of Congress.” Watch the video and decide for yourself!