VA Official on Waiting Lists


In a testy exchange Wednesday evening, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, blasted a government bureaucrat for his failure to do something about the 1,700 veterans who were waiting for primary care appointments at the Phoenix veterans hospital, but who were never placed on an electronic waiting list.

Dr. Thomas Lynch, an assistant deputy under secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“So if I understood correctly from the report, and from your testimony, these secret waiting lists could be at every VA facility in the country, is that correct?” Huelskamp asked Lynch.

“Congressman, I don’t think they were secret, I think they were –“

“How did you not find it, Dr. Lynch? You were there!,” Huelskamp interrupted.
“I did find them, Congressman.”
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