WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, said that his boss is “madder than hell” about the scandal that has put the Department of Veterans Affairs in the spotlight.
Reuters reported that dozens of veterans died while waiting to receive health care, which was because the VA was hiding numbers to conceal long wait times on waiting lists.
McDonough promised to “get to the bottom of those things, fix them and ensure that they don’t happen again” on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program yesterday. The administration is facing significant outcry by the American public, as well as veterans groups calling for the resignation of current VA secretary Eric Shinseki. Shinseki’s Undersecretary of Health, Dr. Robert Petzel, resigned on Friday and he was already going to retire this year as CNN reported.
The focus of the scandal is in Phoenix, Arizona, where VA medical facilities saw 40 veterans die while waiting for health care. Seven other cities and their VA facilities are also under scrutiny over possible violations and deaths that are similar to this scandal.