Doug Lamborn, Congressman for Colorado's 5th District, gets it right in this op-ed.
SOURCE: Washington Examiner
The men and women who volunteer to serve in the military are brave and selfless. They don't deserve to be served by a Department of Veterans Affairs more concerned with manipulating data for financial gain than with solving problems and serving our veterans with the best possible medical care.
We have arrived at a unique moment of clarity and purpose. Thanks to the efforts of courageous whistleblowers, dishonesty by some in the VA has been exposed. It is up to those of us on the Joint House-Senate VA Conference Committee to propose patient-centered reforms that rid the VA of its corrosive culture and yield better healthcare outcomes for our veterans.
The problem is not money. In fact, VA funding for patient care has nearly tripled since 2001, while the number of patients has only increased by 50 percent. The VA has returned funding in each of the last four years and was planning to roll over more than $450 million worth of medical-care funding from this year's budget before the current crisis came to light.
The problems at the VA are rooted in a culture of corruption by some and a lack of accountability.