McCain: Obama's Inaction in VA Scandal Violates 'Solemn Obligation'

Saturday, 17 May 2014 07:28 AM

By Cathy Burke

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Sen. John McCain Saturday upbraided the Obama administration for its lack of leadership amid a growing scandal of mismanagement, fraud, and neglect at a number of VA medical centers.

In the weekly Republican address, the Arizona Republican, a former prisoner of war, said the upcoming Memorial Day holiday should remind Americans "decent care for our veterans is among the most solemn obligations a nation incurs."

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"How we care for those who risked everything for us is the most important test of a nation's character," McCain said. "Today, we are failing that test. ... it's time we live up to Abraham Lincoln's injunction, which serves as the VA's motto today, 'to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.'"

Story continues below video.



Pointing out it's been a month since allegations surfaced in Arizona that 40 vets died waiting for care at a Phoenix VA facility, McCain said the administration has yet to take action.

"To date, the Obama administration has failed to respond in an effective manner," McCain charged. "This has created in our veterans’ community a crisis of confidence toward the VA – the very agency that was established to care for them."

McCain decried that "hundreds, if not thousands" of vets have suffered "or even passed away" because of the "egregious mismanagement and scheduling delays at the VA."

So far, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has ordered a national audit, some VA workers have been put on administrative leave, and the VA Office of Inspector General is investigating the Phoenix VA center, McCain noted.

"But my fellow veterans can't wait the many months it may take to issue its report," McCain said. "They need answers, accountability and leadership from this administration and Congress now."

McCain said the VA needs a "total refocusing ... on its core mission of serving veterans," and urged Congress to give VA administrators "greater ability to hire and fire" workers caring for vets, as well as giving veterans "greater flexibility in how they get quality care in a timely manner."

"Veterans have earned the right to choose where and when they get their medical care," he added. "And it is our responsibility to ensure that they are afforded this option."

"Our veterans gave us their best," McCain said, though "too often they've gotten the worst from those charged with their care."

Urgent: Who Is Your Choice for the GOP's 2016 Nominee?

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Report: NKorea Sent Commandos to Attack US Nuclear Plants in 1990s

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 23:34 PM

Five covert commando teams were sent to the United States by North Korea in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and . . .

Poynter Gives Rolling Stone Rape Story 'Error of the Year' Award

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 23:25 PM

The Poynter Institute has tagged Rolling Stone's article about an alleged rape at the University of Virginia, a story th . . .

Michael Reagan: A Threat to Hollywood Launched Dad's Political Career

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 23:13 PM

Kim Jong-un isn't the only strongman to threaten Hollywood and win. He isn't even the most recent.
A new biography . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved