Published On: Mon, Jun 2nd, 2014

John McCain responds to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation, likes Tom Coburn as next VA head

The resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki this weekend prompted Senator John McCain to respond with a statement and TV endorsement of a current Senator as a replacement.

McCain said the following about Shinseki’s resignation of his post:

Tom_Coburn_official_portrait_112th_Congress“Secretary Shinseki’s decision to resign his post was the right move at this time.

“However, I was disturbed that in his remarks, President Obama appeared to believe that the only real problem at the VA is a scheduling issue, which is a fundamental misreading of the breadth and depth of the situation there.

“The president campaigned in 2008 and 2012 on the promise of improving care for our veterans, but it is now obvious that his stewardship of the VA has been a failure.

“New leadership at the VA is just the first step in what must be a significant, sustained effort by President Obama to fix its systemic problems.

“The President must join with Congress to support legislation we will introduce next week to strengthen the ability of VA administrators to hire and fire those charged with providing care and, most importantly, give far greater flexibility to veterans to get the care they need and deserve, where and when they want it.

“Restoring veterans’ trust and confidence in the wake of this scandal will require much more from President Obama, including his sustained attention and hands-on leadership, which has been in too-short supply in recent weeks.”

The resignation of Gen Shinseki also opened up the door for a McCain endorsement for his replacement. On Sunday’s Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, the senior Arizona Senator likes the sound of his Oklahoma Senatorial colleague to take over the job.

“And that’s the solution to this problem, this flexibility to the veteran to choose their healthcare, just like other people under other healthcare plans are able to do. And this is a situation that the president needs to call together the best people he can find. Ask General Petraeus. I’d ask Tom Coburn.

“If there’s anybody in Congress that knows more about healthcare, then Tom Coburn should be the next secretary of the Veteran’s Administration in my view. Call them together and say, “In two weeks, I want you to tell the American people what we need to do to fix this.” We can do that. Instead, the president seems to be blaming it on a scheduling problem.”

Schieffer then closed the interview asking, “And you think that Senator Coburn might be a good person?” McCain responded, “I think he’d be the best, and he’s going to kill me for saying that.”

Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn, who will not be running for reelection in 2016, is a  University of Oklahoma Medical School trained physician.

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