Dozens of veterans die while on VA’s secret wait list


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Dozens of Phoenix-area veterans died after being put on a secret waiting list to see a Veterans Affairs doctor, according to an exclusive CNN report.

The report said Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, and others executed an elaborate scheme to make the facility appear to be running efficiently.

When a veteran requested medical care, his name was entered into a set of records that were kept hidden, according to the report, which quoted a retired VA doctor and unnamed high-level sources. If an appointment opened up over the next 14 days, his name was transferred to the official appointment book, to make it look like the facility had shorter, more efficient wait times.

The scheme meant some veterans waited as long as a year and more to see a physician, with at least 40 dying before getting care.

“The scheme was deliberately put in place to avoid the VA’s own internal rules,” Dr. Sam Foote, who had retired after 24 years at the VA facility in Phoenix, told CNN. “They developed the secret waiting list.”

VA rules require that patients be seen in a timely manner — within 14 to 30 days, Foote told CNN, which reported:

According to Foote, the elaborate scheme in Phoenix involved shredding evidence to hide the long list of veterans waiting for appointments and care. Officials at the VA, Foote says, instructed their staff to not actually make doctor’s appointments for veterans within the computer system.

“So the only record that you have ever been there requesting care was on that secret list,” he said. “And they wouldn’t take you off that secret list until you had an appointment time that was less than 14 days so it would give the appearance that they were improving greatly the waiting times, when in fact they were not.”

This isn’t the first time Helman has been at the center of controversy. Before taking over the Phoenix facility, she ran another VA center in Washington state that was accused of falsifying suicide numbers, according to

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  • Anthony

    This is disgusting, and I will bet Obama won’t hold anyone accountable and Holder won’t do anything either.

    • Ken Reid

      Why would he? They are doing his bidding!

    • siderack

      More to the point, Helman is simply following president Obama lead, he cooks the books on Obamacare enrollments, this idiot cooks the books for appointments at the VA hospital in Phoenix….just like her boss. It is endemic with the government, you can not be fired, until we all stand up in revolt (the next election) we are saddled with this nonsense.

  • Mamatex

    These delays are also seen in Canada and England but not necessarily because of a secret list. Will be one of the unforeseen consequences of Obamacare.

  • Dandee

    Obamacare coming to a home near you.

  • Ken Reid

    Just another Obama sycophant! We have learned not to expect anything less from them!!!

  • Ken Reid

    Hard to miss the “orgasmic look” in her eyes!

  • Larry R. Michaelson

    Obamacare is having people pay for social medicine, which is what the VA is “social medicine.” I went to the VA having urinary problems, fever, dehydrated, and increase of pain. I was told to come back in six months.

    • Shirley Stacy

      My son is a Veteran and he has been told over an over leave your name and number and we will get back to you ASAP. THEY LIE JUST LIKE OBAMA, He has health issues and has not seen a Doctor in a year and cannot get an appointment. WE live in the Phoenix Area at that. GO FIGURE…. America had to get rid of all these corrupt ideas from this administration and get back to the Country that loves and are loyal to our Veterans & Citizens. Send Obama and his thugs on a rocket ship to parts unknown for the rest of their life.

  • Rumpelstiltskin

    I’m sick and tired of this person I can’t look at him any more. 2016 can’t come fast enough for me sad to say. Despicable!

    • JoJo58

      Get involved for the 2014 elections. If we can flip senate with a substantial majority (plenty of democrat seats up for grabs) with Constitutional conservatives, then replace the RINOs in the house, we could have a veto proof congress and all obama can do is cry racism like a little girl. All it will take is electing people with the cajones to DO THEIR JOB! They have the power to fire people, to make cuts, to repeal obamacare, get rid of abusive departments etc.

      • johnnycab23513

        Don’t forget the power to impeach.

        • ROHBAR

          We have a demonrat majority senate which gets on their hands and knees to this low life! They will never impeach this commie because most of them are commies. Trevor Loudon wrote “The Enemy Within” telling how many commies are in our government and the union has been taken over by them since 1995!

      • Kenneth Clark

        But there is only one Ted Cruz and he is already there.

  • JoJo58

    This is the point. This administration HATES the military. I remember obama saying that veterans should have to pay for their war injuries because they volunteered to go.

    What a POS.

  • Jim S.

    The Country Served that ‘Talks the Talk’, way too much and with symbols, but very rarely ‘Walks the Walk’ especially through their representatives, federal and states!!

    “Mar 17th, 2014 – The Department of Veterans Affairs wants an extra $10 billion in its overall budget for fiscal 2015. That would supply the agency with more than $160 billion.”

    TX-19 Congressional Candidate Neal Marchbanks – Veteran: 28 March 2014 – “Congress controls the budget for the VA and it is the fault of Congress that the VA does not have enough employees and that the facilities are too small.”
    Congress, in Veteran Marchbanks statement, are the people served and who representatives work for, or are supposed to!

    Why do Conservatives and much of the Country Attack the VA and it’s dedicated civil servant personal as well as the many needed volunteers!!

    Freedom Isn’t Free, We Paid For It, American Veterans!!
    Reality as to those of us who’ve served:

    They, conservatives, don’t seek a smaller government, that’s never been their goal. They seek a privatized for corporate profit government, with no accountability, regulations, built into what would be corporate run agencies contracted by them, no bid or for campaign contributions, and paid with the peoples treasury. and much more expensive to run and maintain, And we’ve been seeing just what those private contracts have been giving back, think the NSA and the military contractors and the costs for, off the government treasury, they Never mention the private sector, with their huge amounts of corporate cash especially in the executive suites, in the hearings or public displays, that handles similar issues, like hospitals and clinics as they attack VA personal when issues arise. Nor do they try to help the, under funded and especially with our wars, VA in overcoming, the VA does that on their own mostly, and in these past some five years with the help of the Executive branch and it’s Cabinet, and with what is allotted to them through the representatives of the people served!!

    “”26 March 2014 – In U.S., hospital-acquired infections run rampant””
    “”16 April 2014 – Children’s Hospital investigated five patient deaths from deadly fungal disease in 2009″”

    “12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families.” Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: ‘With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility’ {two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, came with these two recent unpaid for wars, nor the results of, DeJa-Vu all over again from the previous decades and wars from! Ignore the many issues, by those served, no need to fund!}

    Sen. Bernie Sanders told Republicans: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

    “If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too” “not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American.” -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    Where were the ‘offsets’ to federal spending as the rubber stamping, more then the off the books wars with no-bid contracts, was going on and claiming ‘patriotism’ for?

    USN All Shore ’67-’71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country ’70-’71 – Independent


    oblamo and the demonrats will always have an excuse but will never have any respect for Veterans. This is a glimpse of socialized medicine and its been used in other countries, guess what America it does not work! We have demonrats who pushed this nazi unaffordable non-health care, and it is DEATH PANELS!

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