WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign said Monday she is “outraged” by chronic delays for veterans seeking medical care or struggling to have their disability claims processed. But Clinton opposes privatizing the system and intends to lay out a plan next month to make further changes.
Republicans questioned the Democratic presidential candidate’s commitment to veterans after she said in an MSNBC interview on Friday that the scandal involving veterans health care had not been “as widespread as it has been made out to be” and Republicans had politicized the agency.
That drew a sharp rebuke from Republicans, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, who said Monday that Clinton should apologize for her comments. The 2008 GOP presidential nominee said it showed a “total lack of appreciation” of the crisis facing veterans’ health care.
Clinton’s campaign said Monday she was “outraged by the problems exposed at the Veterans Health Administration, which a government audit found to be ‘systemic.’ Even now, too many of our veterans are still waiting an unacceptably long time to see a doctor, or to process disability claims and appeals.”