WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary. He has the mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans’ waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.
House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise on how to improve patient care in the VA health care system. The $17 billion proposal would provide money for vets to seek out private care if their access is limited, hire additional doctors and nurses and lease new clinics around the country. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Florida Rep. Jeff Miller join Judy Woodruff to discuss the deal. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans’ health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays.
WASHINGTON — A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department says he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems. Continue reading
President Barack Obama will select former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald as his nominee to head the Department of Veteran Affairs, according to White House officials. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown talks to Dennis Wagner of The Arizona Republic about two whistleblowers who have emerged to make public accusations about problems within Veterans Affairs health system. One came forward with information about patients who died while waiting for medical care in Phoenix, while another claims she was fired after raising concerns. Continue reading
In a letter to President Barack Obama, Carolyn Lerner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said the VA continues to say patient care has been unaffected by errors. She says that is preventing the VA from taking necessary steps to improve. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — After two overwhelming votes in two days, members of Congress say they are confident they can agree on a bill to improve veterans’ health care and send it to the president’s desk by the end of the month. Continue reading