“It is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period,” the president said.
Obama, who has not yet called for Shinseki’s resignation, told reporters that while the problem demanded immediate action by the secretary, responsibility “rests ultimately with me.”
What (Might) Happen Next
Lawmakers aren’t sure how to address the “systemic” issues cited in the IG’s interim report. Some say the misconduct is due to a combined lack of funding and unreasonable expectations on the part of the administration. Others believe it’s an issue of company “culture.”
In the meantime, the VA has said they'll allow more veterans to obtain care at private clinics and hospitals.