President Obama met on Wednesday with the secretary of Veterans’ Affairs to receive an update on allegations of misconduct at the agency’s hospitals, according to White House officials. The New York Times reports:
The meeting comes as the administration is intensifying its response to the building political furor about reports that government workers falsified data or created secret waiting lists to hide the long delays veterans faced before seeing doctors.
Officials said that Rob Nabors, the president’s deputy chief of staff, joined his boss in the meeting with Mr. Shinseki. Mr. Obama has ordered Mr. Nabors to work full-time at the V.A. department to help the secretary conduct a review of the policies at hospitals around the country.
Mr. Nabors is scheduled to fly to Phoenix on Wednesday evening for a series of discussions with officials at the V.A. hospital there. Reports that workers were hiding delays in wait times for doctors’ appointments first surfaced several weeks ago at that facility. Read more.
On “NewsOne Now,” host Roland Martin discussed the scandal with the Veterans Administration with panelists Francesca Chambers, Jeff Johnson, George Curry and Gen. Kip Ward. Listen below.