President Obama Opposes Privatizing VA Healthcare

President Barack Obama is opposing suggestions the government privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve health care veterans receive.

In an interview with the Colorado Springs Gazette , the president said his administration has made progress modernizing the VA and providing veterans with more timely health care. He said privatizing the agency would delay that progress.

The administration came under fire when it was disclosed that secret wait lists were uncovered at a VA health care system in Arizona amid reports that several veterans had died waiting for health care.

Government investigations found significant system failures.