This week Obama dispatched one of his closest advisers, Rob Nabors, to oversee a review of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The department's inspector general is also looking into the allegations. Nabors is being sent to Phoenix, where allegations have surfaced that a VA hospital there created a secret list to hide the fact that veterans had to wait months to access care. According to a CNN report, at least 40 patients died while waiting to see a doctor.
WFOR-TV in Miami reported Wednesday that a whistleblower from a VA hospital there claims the hospital operated under a culture of negligence and that drug dealing was rampant.
In an interview with our colleague Juliet Eilperin on Tuesday, McDonough said the administration welcomes “the oversight and tough questioning” it has received on the recent VA allegations. “We will dig in to find out exactly what those allegations are, whether they reflect a systemic challenge, whether they reflect a series of isolated challenges, and we will address them in either case,” McDonough said.