U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on veterans health care:
"Four years ago, the nation was shocked by the scandal of denied and delayed care at the Phoenix VA. In the weeks and months that followed, we learned that thousands of other veterans around the country had also faced never-ending wait times for appointments and substandard care. Many of these individuals fell through the cracks, and too many of them died as a result.
"While we enacted historic reforms in the wake of that scandal, much more work remains to improve the Veterans Choice Program and ensure our nation's heroes have access to the best possible services. Let me be very clear: none of us committed to reform wants to privatize care. We simply believe the VA must put the needs of veterans first, and ensure they receive timely, quality and uncompromised health care -- whether that's in the VA or in the community.
"I hope the new VA leadership will commit to improving the Veterans Choice Program and transforming the VA into a 21st century health care system. The men and women who have honorably served this country in uniform deserve nothing less."