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Boehner: Shinseki's Resignation 'Really Changes Nothing' (Video)

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Following the resignation Friday morning of Veterans' Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, criticized President Barack Obama again for not doing more to solve problems surrounding the scheduling system and waiting lists at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.  

"[Shinseki's] resignation, though, does not absolve the president of his responsibility to step in and make things right for our veterans," Boehner said during a Friday afternoon news conference. "Business as usual cannot continue. And until the president outlines a vision and an effective plan for addressing the broad dysfunction at the VA, today's announcement really changes nothing. One personnel change cannot be used as an excuse to paper over a systemic problem."  

Ahead of Meeting With Obama, Shinseki Apologizes for VA Scandal, Asks Congress for Help

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Updated 10 a.m. | Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for the scandal rocking his department Friday, but he did not resign ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama this morning.  

"I apologize," to Congress, the public and to the veterans, Shinseki said — calling the findings of systemic shortcomings in VA health care unacceptable.  

Obama Demands Improvements at VA, but Doesn't Fire Shinseki (Video)

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Updated 2:07 p.m. | President Barack Obama is demanding that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki make immediate improvements for veterans, but has decided not to fire him, for now, as a scandal over allegations of manipulated wait time reports spreads to dozens of facilities.  

"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period," Obama said in a statement in the White House briefing room, followed by a brief news conference.  

Obama to Make Statement on VA Crisis After Meeting With Shinseki, Nabors

Updated 10:09 a.m. | President Barack Obama will make a statement at 10:45 a.m. after meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors at the White House as the VA crisis continued to mushroom overnight. The 10 a.m. meeting was added to the president's public schedule Wednesday, and comes amid repeated questions about whether Obama — who campaigned on the issue of improving VA health care as a candidate — had done enough to personally stay on top of the issue as president.  

That's a narrative Press Secretary Jay Carney set out to undermine at Tuesday's briefing, and we can expect Carney to point to this morning's meeting as further evidence that getting to the bottom of the issue is at the top of the president's agenda.  

VA's Top Health Official Resigns Amid Scandal, Shinseki Announces (Updated)

Shinseki, who was on the Hill Thursday to testify about problems at the VA, announced Friday that a top official was resigning. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 4:05 p.m. | The chief health official at the Department of Veterans Affairs resigned Friday, amid an ongoing scandal about wait times and deaths within the VA health system.  

"Today, I accepted the resignation of Dr. Robert Petzel, Under Secretary for Health in the Department of Veterans Affairs," Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a statement. "As we know from the Veteran community, most Veterans are satisfied with the quality of their VA health care, but we must do more to improve timely access to that care."  

Obama Backs Shinseki Amid Calls to Resign (Updated)

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Updated 6:22 p.m. | The White House is backing Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki after he faced calls to resign Monday over allegations that veterans died waiting for care in Phoenix and other problems in his department.  

"As the President said last week, we take the allegations around the Phoenix situation very seriously," said Shin Inouye, a White House spokesman. "That’s why he immediately directed Secretary Shinseki to investigate, and Secretary Shinseki has also invited the independent Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General to conduct a comprehensive review," he said.