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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday after publicly apologizing for systemic problems plaguing the agency’s health care system.
President Barack Obama said he accepted the retired four-star general’s resignation “with considerable regret” during an Oval Office meeting. Shinseki had been facing mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties since a scathing internal report out Wednesday found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system, which provides medical care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.
What can be done to fix the terribly troubled VA system?
Sen. Patty Murray tried to get answers Thursday from Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and other VA officials on longstanding reports of problems in their system.
They didn't have much. . .
Here’s the official White House statement sending a proposal to change VA health benefits to the round file.
You know, the Deep Six, the 86, the kybosh. Sounds like this SNAFU was FUBAR. Whatever, It’s toast.
Statement from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the President’s Strong Commitment to America’s Veterans:
The Obama Administration is dropping a proposal that would have allowed the Veterans Affairs Department to bill a vets’ insurance company for treating service-connected disabilities and injuries.
That’s the word from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who is one of the top members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and a critic of the proposal.
Murray is making is portraying this change as the president listening to, and keeping faith with, veterans.
Perhaps the president or his advisers could have saved themselves some grief by listening to veterans before trying to float the idea.
Text of Murray statement is inside the blog.