While at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans Thursday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told Fox News' Sean Hannity that illegal immigrants receive more benefits and better health care than veterans who go to the VA, the UPI reported.
Palin slammed President Obama for his weak leadership and handling of military policy, the UPI added.
"How can we let them down and by the way, what does it say if we let our veterans down, we can't get a website up and running in four years and now $700 million, what does that mean for everybody else's health care down the road?" Hannity asked. "Somebody I know mentioned death panels. Is the VA a death panel for many?"
"That’s a great point," Palin said in response. She went on to say that government-run healthcare is inefficient and takes choices away from patients.
"And isn't it ironic that those who are willing to sacrifice all to put their life on the line to allow the freedom of choices in health care and economic everything else, soldiers, airmen, Marines -- they are getting screwed by the VA and our commander-in-chief is in charge of this, ultimately," she added.
Hannity then said there is one doctor for every 1.5 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, while there are 35 veterans for every doctor in the VA system.
"There is something wrong with that," he added.
"Well, in many respects, illegal aliens in our country today are receiving better health care, more benefits than some of our troops," Palin added.
She also shredded Obama, telling Hannity the president doesn't fully understand the military's mission.
"I think there's a lack of understanding on our commander-in-chief's part about what the mission of the military is, and why it is that we owe a debt of gratitude that's manifested in benefits paid to those who've already earned them," she said.
She excoriated Obama's recent speech to graduating cadets at West Point, and said that while America isn't weak, the president's policies and attitude has made the country unreliable.
"It's not that we are weak as a country, but we are so unreliable now, under Obama," she told Hannity. "My concern is the effect that his doctrine, his policies, his attitude, has on those who are volunteering to serve this country -- to those whom we owe a debt of gratitude."
A report released Wednesday by the VA’s Office of Inspector General says that veterans throughout the system are seeing delays in health care in what appears to be an effort to focus more on performance standards than providing quality care. Investigators found, for example, that some 1,138 veterans in Phoenix alone waited longer than six months just to get an appointment to see their primary doctors.
"These veterans were and continue to be at risk of being forgotten or lost in the (Phoenix hospital's) convoluted scheduling process. As a result, these veterans may never obtain a requested or required clinical appointment," the IG report said.
"The Inspector General's Office said it is working with the Justice Department to determine if crimes occurred in how patients were handled," USA Today added.
The full interview can be seen here.