Boehner Rips VA for Breaking Promise on Health Backlog

House Speaker John Boehner this week criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to meet its own goal of ending the veteran’s healthcare backlog, and instead bragging that the backlog has been reduced to 98,535 veterans.

The VA sent out an email to its employees on Monday to “congratulate the Veterans Benefits Administration for bringing the claims backlog below 100,000!” That email said it’s an 84 percent reduction from the peak of 611,000 veterans waiting for healthcare in March, 2013.

“VA and veterans have never seen a backlog this low before in our history — this is a historic milestone!” the VA added.

But according to Boehner’s office, the VA has failed to meet its own goal of completely eliminating the backlog by the end of September, and seems unlikely to get there.