World's worst healthcare system

Monday is Memorial Day, a time to honor the brave men and women who died in service to our nation.

But today, I want to talk about the ones who made it back alive -- the veterans who sacrificed everything just short of their lives, often suffering grievous injuries as a result.

And our own government has been abandoning them and not holding true to their promise of taking care of them in VA hosptials. It is pathetic!

The Veteran's Administration has repaid their loyalty, dedication, sacrifice and service by enrolling them in the most dysfunctional healthcare system on the planet -- one so short-staffed and underfunded that many veterans have to wait months for care.

Some have literally died waiting.

In a huge cover up, VA hospitals are accused of keeping two sets of books: a fake one, that shows veterans getting timely care, and one with the real numbers showing the long waits.

As veterans who survived the wait were finally scheduled for long-overdue appointments at VA hospitals, they were moved from the secret book onto the real one, to make it look as it they were treated quickly and efficiently.

In reality, they were suffering and even dying.

The media just blew the lid off the scandal now, but I've been hearing about this for years from veterans who visit my own clinic near San Diego (about as big a military town as you'll find).

And I'm not the only one.

Government leaders are feigning outrage and pretending that they want to get to the bottom of this, but it turns out they may have known about the inaccurate waiting times all along. There's evidence that the problem extends at least back to the Bush Administration, and evidence they warned the Obama team about it during the transition in 2008, the Washington Times reported.

The only reason they're taking action now is because of the media attention and the pressure it's generated.

So keep up the pressure. Contact your lawmakers and demand an investigation -- and demand that our veterans get the medical care they've earned by shedding blood for God and country.

They've done so much for us. Giving them basic healthcare is the absolute least we can do for them.