Is Shinseki’s Resignation A Distraction From Larger VA Issues?
Media attention in the wake of the scandal around wait times at Veterans Administration hospitals has focused largely on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation.
But as speculation grew Friday morning around whether the retired U.S. Army general would remain in his position, some said it was a distraction from solving the department’s history of serious issues.
The problems at the VA “go well beyond what’s happening in Phoenix,” and for that matter, with Shinseki, Reuters reporter Jeff Mason said Friday on the Diane Rehm show.
For instance, said Ruth Marcus, a columnist at The Washington Post, the VA has issued 18 reports on veterans’ wait times since 2005–an issue that predates both Shinseki and President Barack Obama.
And it’s not clear how quickly lawmakers will focus on those kinds of issues even now that Shinseki has announced he will step down.
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