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VA Secretary McDonald: I 'Deeply Regret' Disney Comments on Wait Times

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 May 2016 07:08 PM

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald – under siege for comparing long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park – said Tuesday he now regrets the remarks.

In a written statement to the Association Press reported by Stars and Stripes Tuesday, McDonald said, "It was never my intention to suggest that I don't take our mission of serving veterans very seriously."

At a breakfast Monday, McDonald asserted the VA shouldn't use wait times as a measure of success, comparing waits for VA health care to the hours people wait for rides at Disney theme parks.

He said a veterans' health-care experience was more important than the time spend waiting for an appointment.

"If my comments Monday led any veterans to believe that I, or the dedicated workforce I am privileged to lead, don't take that noble mission seriously, I deeply regret that," he said in his statement.

"Nothing could be further from the truth."

GOP lawmakers have railed at the remarks as insulting and inappropriate. 

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald – under siege for comparing long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park – said Tuesday he now regrets the remarks.
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