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Military Veterans / V.A. Hospitals / Obama #1065571

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A statement from President Obama about the appointment wait times problems at the V.A. hospitals under Secretary Eric Shinseki introduced. [OBAMA - talks about the investigation of the Phoenix V.A. and other facilities; tells veterans he will fix whatever is wrong in the system.] Past statements from politicians about the V.A. noted. [In 2009, OBAMA; in 2008, Senator John McCAIN; in 2008, presidential candidate Hillary CLINTON; in 2004, President George BUSH; several times, OBAMA - make promises about the V.A.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Phoenix: Drew Griffin) How veterans have been waiting too long for doctor appointments, how the numbers have long been hidden, that deaths have occurred due to delays, how people in the Phoenix V.A. are scared, states there are multiple secret lists inside the Phoenix V.A., and the rescinding of the bonus for the director of the Phoenix V.A. discussed. [In interview, Phoenix V.A. Dr. Katherine MITCHELL†- says returning wounded veterans are waiting a long time for care; states we had to hide documents about the secret waiting list.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Representative Jeff Miller about a new bill for managing the V.A. [MILLER - says this bill gives the secretary the ability to fire people; outlines what the president should do to get faster veteran care; suggests Obama is "disconnected"; cites a bonus at the Pittsburgh V.A.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Griffin, Drew

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