by Charlie Spiering 27 May 2014, 9:07 AM PDT
It depends on what the meaning of 'scandal' is.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi explained in an interview with Vox founder Ezra Klein that the situation surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs wasn’t quite a “scandal” in the official sense of the word.
“I think anytime our men and women in uniform are not served in a manner they deserve, you could perhaps call it ‘a scandal,’ because it’s scandalous,” she hedged. “Whether its ‘a scandal’ with intention and the rest of that the evidence remains to be seen.”
Reports from agency whistleblowers and the mainstream media indicate that veterans are experiencing delayed care in Veterans Affairs facilities after employees initiated secret “waiting lists” for health services.
As many as 40 veterans have died waiting for care in a Phoenix clinic, according to reports.