November 10, 2015

Sen. John McCain: Clinton’s Claims About VA Privatization “Inaccurate And Offensive”

U.S. Senator, veteran, and former POW John McCain released a statement that addressed Hillary Clinton’s dishonest, inaccurate, and offensive statements about the VA and American veterans.

Specifically, McCain blasted Clinton for accusing him and others of “wanting to ‘privatize’ the VA is, of course, inaccurate and offensive.”

“We want to fix the VA for our nation’s veterans, and we are proud of the landmark Choice Card provisions included in last year’s VA reform bill, which passed with an overwhelming 93 votes in the U.S. Senate,” McCain added.

See the full statement below:

STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON HILLARY CLINTON’S REMARKS ON VA REFORM TODAY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks on VA reform today in New Hampshire:

“For Secretary Clinton to play partisan politics with the VA crisis one day before Veteran’s Day is nothing short of shameful.

“After veterans across America criticized Secretary Clinton for her recent comment that the VA scandal was ‘not as widespread as it’s been made out to be,’ today Secretary Clinton reversed course, claiming that there really is a crisis at the VA and attacking Republicans for proposing to provide veterans more choice and flexibility in their health care. For her to accuse me and my Republican colleagues of wanting to ‘privatize’ the VA is, of course, inaccurate and offensive. We want to fix the VA for our nation’s veterans, and we are proud of the landmark Choice Card provisions included in last year’s VA reform bill, which passed with an overwhelming 93 votes in the U.S. Senate. Secretary Clinton should know that the overwhelming majority of veterans not only don’t consider the Choice Card ‘privatization,’ they want this reform and in fact consider it necessary to expand their health care choices.

“I am deeply disturbed that Secretary Clinton seems to side with the broken VA bureaucracy, which is responsible for this scandal, rather than the veterans who have suffered and died due to its mismanagement and neglect. This is exactly the kind of outdated thinking that got us in this mess in the first place, and certainly isn’t the way we fix it.”