|This week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald drew heavy criticism when he downplayed veterans' wait times, stating to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington: "When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what's important? What's important is what's your satisfaction with the experience?" |
These comments drew sharp rebukes from a number of veterans organizations, lawmakers, presidential candidates, and citizens across the country. In response, calls have been made for Secretary McDonald's immediate resignation.
This controversy comes at a time when the VA is under continued scrutiny for its failure to resolve the extended wait times veterans are experiencing for medical treatment. In a March 2016 report, the Government Accounting Office cited delays in treatment for newly enrolled veterans, stating: "nearly half were unable to access primary care because VA medical center did not schedule appointments for these veterans in accordance with VHA (Veterans Health Administration) policy."
Congressman Forbes has supported legislation to increase accountability and oversight at VA hospitals, and worked to hold the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center accountable for the unacceptable claims backlog.
Question of the week: In light of his recent comments, do you believe Secretary McDonald should be removed as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs?
( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don't know.
( ) Other.
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Find out the results of last week's instapoll here.
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