Patients are flooding into VA centers all over the country as they lose private insurance or find it too expensive. The demand for services has skyrocketed, but adjustments in care supply move at a glacial pace, as is the case in any government operation.
If you like this you're gonna love Obamacare when it's fully implemented. Small numbers of health care providers in networks will mean long waiting times and the same results. Single payer is the same way wherever it has been tried: Canada - long waiting times; Great Britain - long waiting times. And OF COURSE people die waiting.
This is what we have gotten ourselves into.