Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton argued the VA scandal is not “as widespread as it has been made out to be” and Republicans “want it to fail, so then we can argue for privatization” in an interview broadcast on Friday’s “Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC.
Hillary began by stating that she doesn’t understand why fixing the VA has been so difficult, and “I don’t understand why we have such a problem, because there have been a number of surveys of veterans, and, overall, veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment.”
She continued, “Now, nobody would believe that from the coverage that you see, and the constant berating of the VA that comes from the Republicans, in part, in pursuit of this ideological agenda.”
Hillary conceded that there has been a real scandal, but “it’s not been as widespread as it has been made out to be. Now, I do think that some of the reforms that were adopted last year should be given a chance to work.”
A lot of those people you think “want it to fail” are our Veterans. A lot of them are the ones you, yourself, called the enemy because they are Republicans. So explain to me why the very people who need and deserve those VA benefits want the whole thing to fail. Did you serve, Mrs. Clinton? How about your “husband?” If you had to depend on the VA, you wouldn’t be saying these things.