Obama: Shinseki Is Out at VA
Says embattled department chief offered his resignation
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2014 10:29 AM CDT
Updated May 30, 2014 10:50 AM CDT
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki speaks at a meeting of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans in Washington Friday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Eric Shinseki is out as leader of the VA. President Obama today said he accepted the Cabinet secretary's resignation "with regret" in the wake of the scandal over shoddy medical care for the nation's veterans, reports CNN. Obama said Shinseki told him he didn't want to be a distraction as the department begins its reforms. Earlier today, Shinseki himself apologized for the VA's "systemic" problems and announced that he was firing the top officials at the hospital in Phoenix, perhaps the worst offender.

"He has worked hard to investigate and identify the problem," Obama said of Shinseki, who faced a drumbeat of calls for his resignation from lawmakers in both parties. The president called the four-star general a "good man," but said Shinseki "felt like new leadership would serve our veterans best, and I agree with him." The New York Times observes that Shinseki seemed intent on staying on, "but his contrition and promises of action came too late to save his job."

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Imhotep
Jun 1, 2014 9:25 PM CDT
Where do we start with the blaming. How about we go back to George Bush and the Wars he started. He overburdened the VA with returning Vets but forgot to provide an adequate budget. The country goes belly up and now comes the scapegoats. Sure, blame the top guy who kept asking for more money because he knew what the problem was and with all the cheap bickering going on in Congress the results were no money and a very cowardly way out for the President. Well then , Ms. compliant Black or Spanish new girl in charge. A word to the wise, don't ask for more money or you'll end up on the chopping block too. Boy what a challenge. To provide top notch health services for thousands of Vets with escalating medical costs on the same budget Mr Shenseki was working with. Go tell it to the Marines.
skoony
Jun 1, 2014 1:21 PM CDT
don't worry,a lot more heads are going to roll.it may take a while before all the committee hearings are over.how much you want to bet that these waiting list's where based on the resulting out comes of the treatments involved?the better the prognosis,the higher on the list you are.likely bad or low chance of a good prognosis,the lower on the list you are. can you say death squads without saying death squads? waiting list's is so mucher nicer.
billyjshafer
Jun 1, 2014 8:21 AM CDT
As a Nam vet. The biggest problem I have seen with the VA. Is workers not doing their jobs. Until that problem is fixed nothing will change. I have been to to many clinics and hospitals. Saw to many standing around not working. After this dog and pony show is over. Nothing will change.