US Capitol Capsule: Another US healthcare crisis: VA woes go beyond wait times
This article was originally published in Scrip
It's been a rough year for healthcare under the Obama administration – first with the botched launch of the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, and now with a scandal involving falsified records of patient wait times at medical facilities operated by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), which is likely to linger throughout the time the president has left at the White House.
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