Boehner: VA scandal bigger than Shinseki's resignation

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 23, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – On Monday, Memorial Day, America honors the men and women who died while serving the United States.

But reports of dozens of veterans losing their lives because of long delays in treatments at Veterans Affairs hospitals have made people question if the U.S. government is neglecting to care for its own.

As pressure mounts for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, House Speaker John Boehner reminded people in America that this scandal is not only about the secretary, but the entire system underneath him.

Boehner remarked, “These are men and women who served our country, and we have not just let them down, we have let them die. This is awful stuff, and somebody ought to be held accountable for it.”

President Barack Obama pledged that his administration will get to the bottom of things. The president’s deputy chief of staff has arrived at the Phoenix VA where the scandal broke to further investigate.

Meantime, Shinseki was summoned to Capitol Hill for a private meeting with senate leaders.

Then, he posted an online letter to veterans everywhere, saying, “You and your families deserve to have full faith in your VA and we intend to earn it everyday…If any allegations under review are substantiated, we will act.”

President Obama has stood by Shinseki and said he remains as secretary for now.

In the light of the VA scandal, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan VA Management Accountability Act by a vote of 390 to 33. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has introduced the bill in the senate but the senate has yet to take it up. The bill gives VA secretaries the ability to fire or demote officials for incompetence.

Rubio concluded, “We’re not telling them who they need to fire. We are simply giving the secretary the power to hold accountable the people that work underneath him and future secretaries as well.”

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Mario
    24 May 2014 at 2:02 am - Reply

    Firing Shinseki is an admission of guilt at VA. Obama made the right decision and will blame George Bush later. VA reformed was one of his political campaign during the 2008 Presidential election, but today he pretend and shocked on what is going on at VA. VA (Tricare) is a single payer, and Obamacare is designed to become a single payer healthcare. You know already what to expect on Obamacare…the old,& retired will be on pain killer(Death panel),only the young will be treated first because they can pay taxes and can work to help the economy.

  • Delia
    24 May 2014 at 8:00 am - Reply

    OH YES, the VA debacle is going to be Obama’s big fake promise he never kept.He lied on the campaign trail, no surprise he did it frequently, and he lied to America this week in a press conference about how “mad” he is over this once he knew from in the media and not his stellar staff of liars. Oh, please give me a break just one day. Make the man go away, What a jack a zz , One more day of this idiot is too much for THIS country and the real patriots. This is Memorial Day weekend . We honor our patriots. How dare that azz give a speech this weekend regarding Memorial Day.

    • cat_idiot
      25 May 2014 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Hi Delia, its nice that u are back…….hope u have a great time in Holy Land

      • Delia
        25 May 2014 at 3:13 pm - Reply

        Hiya Cat ! thanks , its nice to be back as well . I had a marvelous time and great rewarding adventure , thanks for asking. Now back and ready to rock the boat again , lol

  • noz
    24 May 2014 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    the current liberals in the WH are purveyor of lies. these marxists in power without shames have successfully made the general public believed all their deceptions, the proof, these bozos are getting elected and reelected. thus, its the citizens fault to have voted these clowns, voters couldn’t figure out they were all deceived big time. the great number of likely voters living off on other people’s dollars will never ever vote the opposing elephant party. why? these 1/3 of freebie takers are too afraid to sweat, stretch their muscles to make a living, they all are captured by the marxist ideologues of the donkey party. case in point – ever since and up to this point, obummer’s supporters are into playing nothing but building his image. americans have become daze with all the distortions of the POTUS failures. obummer have not solve the economy, he made it worst with over 17trillion debt to china, and wants to borrow more trillions, yet obummer have the nerve to say the PH is a close ally, but once asked exactly the role of the USA in aiding the PH against china’s aggressions, obummer is as clear as mud, translation obummer will not militarily aid the PH, since you don’t bite the hands that you are in debt, and will continue to ask for more trillion loans. working people are into hardships complaining they can’t afford paying the high costs of gas and fuels, foods and basic needs, while the freeloaders couldn’t care less if the prices and cost of living are as high as the sky with their EBT cards, no problem. these donkey lefties spearheaded by obummer are in the process of altering social security recipients to be categorized as welfare recipients as well, a marxist plan to make the american society as commie, if they all have their way. social security is not a freebie, its paid by forced by every single hard working americans in their lifetime of working. the problem of disappearing money pool of social security were and are used by the liberal government with their passage of liberal agendas squandering, spending the SS money pool other than SS itself. the liberal marxists free for all ideologues will bankrupt SS soon. the opposing elephant party have always supported the idea of privatization of SS, always demonized by the donkey, but yet this donkey party cannot stop dipping their fingers, and hands on the money pool of SS to fund their free for all schemes. so far, the greatest accomplishment of obummer is successfully bagging the lame stream medias who tell the public obummer is not a liar, and the seizing of voters taken for a ride with welfares, obamacare subsidies, and the growing hispanic voters pro illegal aliens stance.

    • JRB
      26 May 2014 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Hey guys and girls, how about we all for one day out of the year we all honor our patriots on Memorial Day. Thank them all for what they did and is doing for us all in America. From and all the real Americans “THANK YOU ALL.”

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