WH 'Confident' In VA Secy's Leadership Despite Growing Controversy
There are new developments in the growing Veterans Affairs health care scandal. As many as 40 veterans died waiting for care at the Phoenix VA Medical Center amid allegations of a “secret” waiting list. Now, two employees at a hospital in North Carolina have been suspended for allegedly engaging in “inappropriate scheduling” conduct.
In an email obtained by Fox News, employees at a Wyoming VA hospital were told to manipulate records so that it appeared that patients were being seen within the required 14-day time frame.
The reports are leading to growing calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today that President Obama takes all allegations of wrongdoing at the VA very seriously, but the right thing to do is to keep Shinseki on board.
Carney said, “The president remains confident that Secretary Shinseki has the ability to lead the department and to take appropriate action based on the IG’s findings.”
Retired Gunnery Sergeant Jessie Jane Duff sits on the Concerned Veterans for America advisory committee. She called for Shinseki’s resignation today on Happening Now.
Duff told Jenna Lee, “How can the secretary claim that he wasn’t aware of the scandal back in Wyoming? We’ve had scandal after scandal over this past year, let alone a backlog of over a year that increased by 2,000 under this secretary. So yes, I believe he should resign because simply, leadership means you know what’s going on.”
Hear the rest of Duff’s thoughts in the clip above.
On Thursday, lawmakers are expected to question the secretary when he appears on Capitol Hill.
Texas Senator John Cornyn (R) said on The Real Story that Shinseki will need to be able to answer this question: “Are we providing timely and good quality health care to our veterans?”
Cornyn then added, “Right now, I’m afraid the answer is no and we have to get to the bottom of it.”
Watch Duff's thoughts in the clip above and Cornyn's interview below.