President Obama’s visit was just a “Photo Op.”  That’s the word from Senator John McCain who reacted to the President’s quick stop to the VA Hospital in Phoenix on Friday.  McCain says the “roundtable to which leading veteran service organizations were not even invited served more as a photo op for the President

than it did a meaningful discussion of the challenges our veterans continue to face in getting the timely healthcare they’ve earned and deserved.”  Senator Jeff Flake was also not impressed with news of yet another advisory committee for the VA.  Flake says “at last count, there were 25 or so advisory boards in existence to advise the VA in some form or fashion – I don’t think any of us believe the 26th is the charm.”

McCain admits there have been slight improvements as hiring for doctors and nurses is up and there is a reduction in wait-times.  However, those wait-times have only decreased by 14 percent.

Flake says the wait-times are still unacceptable.  Veterans are being forced to go elsewhere for medical care because those who needed tests completed were having to wait for an extended period of time. 

Kris Dugan