[VIDEO] The Hammer: VA Secretary Shinseki Resignation was ‘Elaborate Theater’

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“Elaborate theater, and all the scripts were written in advance.”

Charles Krauthammer discusses former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation on Special Report Friday evening.

“How can the president say that the VA’s problems had not reached the White House, when the president himself says he’s been working on this for six years?”

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Obama Accepts Shinseki’s Resignation

“A few minutes ago, Sec. Shinseki offered me his own resignation. With considerable regret, I accepted.”


BREAKING: Top U.S. Veterans Health Care Official Resigns Amid Scandal

Shinseki addresses reporters after testifying before a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on VA health care, on Capitol Hill in Washington

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki addresses reporters after testifying before a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on VA health care, on Capitol Hill in Washington May 15, 2014. REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST

(Reuters) – The top health official at the Department of Veterans Affairs resigned on Friday amid a growing scandal about healthcare delays that has also seen calls for the ouster of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Shinseki, in a statement, said he accepted the resignation of Dr. Robert Petzel, the VA’s undersecretary for health who had already been expected to retire, and acknowledged the need to ensure more timely treatment of America’s military veterans.

“As we know from the veteran community, most veterans are satisfied with the quality of their VA health care, but we must do more to improve timely access to that care,” Shinseki said.

He stopped short of blaming Petzel for delays, however, and did not explicitly say why Petzel resigned. In a statement last September, the VA said Petzel already had planned to retire in 2014 and it was taking steps to find candidates to replace him.

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