VA Health Care

VA Secretary Likens Veterans' Wait Times to Lines at Disney
Republicans bash McDonald on relevance of measure for health care

VA Secretary Robert McDonald is drawing fire for remarks about wait times for health care. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The secretary of Veterans Affairs at a media breakfast Monday compared veterans’ medical wait times to time spent in line at a Disney theme park, triggering rebukes from Republicans including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.  

VA Secretary Robert McDonald's comments came after he was asked by a reporter why the VA would not release a specific type of measure regarding wait times for medical treatment, known as the “create date.” McDonald prefaced his answer with an explanation that he doesn’t think the number of days until an appointment is a relevant measure and that the department was working on producing a different type of metric to assess its performance.  

Scandal-Plagued VA Overhaul Slow, New Accountability Sought
Senate bills proposed as reports say roaches found in food at VA hospital

Bipartisan legislation led by VA Committee Chair Sen. Johnny Isakson comes two years after a law intended to reform the scandal-plagued VA health system took effect.  (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senators took fresh steps this week in the slow effort to overhaul the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department and hold it more accountable just as news broke of a new scandal -- cockroaches in food at a VA hospital in Chicago.  

"Almost every morning there's a story on the news about some other failure at a VA hospital," said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee.