Veterans’ group charges VA with failure to fix health care system

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The Obama administration has failed to fix the nation’s broken health care system for veterans or change the culture of mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a former VA official and a veterans group charged Thursday.

Darin Selnick, who served on the agency’s Commission on Care, said a government watchdog report outlining new cases of veterans dying while waiting for appointments at the Phoenix VA hospital proves that VA Secretary Robert McDonald and his leadership team can’t solve the department’s chronic problems.

“Phoenix is a symptom of the VA’s broken health care system,” Mr. Selnick told reporters. “It’s a poster child for bad management, poor leadership, leadership turnover, no accountability and no follow-up. Nothing changes.”

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