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Thursday Debate: VA Scandal

Recently it has come to our country’s attention that Veterans’ Affairs (VA) officials have falsified data to hide how long veterans were waiting to see physicians at VA hospitals. President Obama has called the situation “intolerable” and “disgraceful.” Former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has called the situation “inexcusable.” This situation has led both Democrats and Republicans to call for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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Dozens of patients at the VA Hospital in Phoenix have died while awaiting medical care. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, stated that investigators have evidence that the Phoenix VA Health Care System keeps two sets of records to conceal prolonged waiting times for appointments. The damning VA Inspector General report showed widespread misconduct and ridiculously long wait times at hospitals for veterans.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC that the VA provides excellent care and that there are long wait times for patients to see their physicians across the United States, not just at the VA.

What do you think should be done about this reprehensible treatment of our veterans? Should Secretary Shinseki be fired? Do you think this administration will hold anyone accountable for this activity? Do you think Democrats are concerned about our veterans, or do you think that they are jumping on the “Fire Shinseki” bandwagon because they face difficult elections in November? Why do you think this has happened?