“The President is urging Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to fix problems in the VA’s hospital system following reports of long wait times and preventable deaths.”
President Barack Obama is “madder than hell” about reports of long wait times at veterans’ hospitals that led to preventable deaths, according to a top adviser.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation that Obama is urging Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to “continue to fix these things until they’re functioning the way that our veterans believe they should.”
Shinseki himself used similar language last week when he testified in front of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee about reports that at least 40 veterans died while waiting for care at a Phoenix, Arizona VA hospital.
“Any allegation about any adverse incident like this makes me mad as hell. I could use stronger language here, Mr. Chairman, but in deference to the committee, I won’t,” Shinseki said Thursday.
Dr. Robert Petzel, the VA’s top health official, resigned Friday. House Republicans have also scheduled…
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