Move along, nothing to see here.
President Obama is ordering his deputy chief of staff to oversee a review of the Veterans Affairs Department amid allegations that hospital officials maintained secret waiting lists that endangered the lives of veterans.
Rob Nabors, a longtime Obama aide who previously led the White House’s legislative affairs office, will run a review of the VA’s patient safety rules and appointment procedures, the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
The administration’s focus on the VA department comes after a series of media reports suggesting that at least 40 veterans may have died after they were unable to receive needed medical care at a Phoenix veterans hospital. Similar allegations have been reported at facilities in Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, among others.
“While we get to the bottom of what happened in Phoenix, it’s clear the VA needs to do more to ensure quality care for our veterans,” the president said in a statement to the Associated Press. “I’m grateful that Rob, one of my most trusted advisers, has agreed to work with Secretary Shinseki to help the team at this important moment.”
Just like he’s gotten to the bottom of his IRS and Benghazi scandals. Speaking of his IRS scandal, it’s now snared a number of Democrat senators. We’re sure Obama will get to the bottom of it.