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Chairman Miller Statement on OSC Letter to President Obama

Jun 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.— After the Office of Special Counsel released a letter to President Obama detailing VA’s repeated attempts to downplay the impact serious deficiencies in VA health care have had on patients, Chairman Miller released the following statement:    

"In reality, the deaths of dozens of veterans across the country have been linked to delays in VA care and other severe department health care problems. But in the fantasy land inhabited by VA’s Office of the Medical Inspector, serious patient safety issues apparently have no impact on patient safety.  It's impossible to solve problems by whitewashing them or denying they exist. This is a lesson VA should have already learned as part of its delays in care crisis, but President Obama needs to help reiterate it to each and every VA employee to ensure the department’s focus is on pinpointing and solving problems, rather than downplaying them. In the meantime, OMI owes it to America’s veterans and American taxpayers to provide an immediate and thorough explanation as to why it keeps reaching the same implausible conclusions in one report after another." - Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs