VA secretary facing bipartisan firestorm over Disney comments

by FOXNews.com  |  published on May 24, 2016


Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is scrambling to calm a growing bipartisan firestorm after downplaying veteran wait times at VA hospitals by comparing them to wait times for rides at Disney theme parks.

McDonald made the comments Monday morning, and faced a backlash from Capitol Hill almost immediately. Perhaps the toughest condemnation came from Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat and Iraq war veteran who lost her legs in Iraq and still receives health care at a VA hospital.

“Comparing abhorrent wait times to a trip to Disneyland is unbelievably tone-deaf and hurtful to American heroes desperately in need of care,” she said in a statement. Duckworth, who is running for Senate, said McDonald “needs to comprehensively address the VA’s systemic problems — and that means reducing wait times, improving care and increasing patient satisfaction.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, also said he was “troubled” by the secretary’s comments and wants to speak with him.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of that committee, said in a statement he was “extremely disappointed in Secretary McDonald’s comparison of the deadly VA wait-time scandal to long lines at an amusement park.”

  • HENRI

    ALL TRUMP HAS TO DO IS ONE EXCUTIVE ORDERS ,ONE CAN CANCEL OUT ALL THE OTHERS IF HE WORDS IT RIGHT EXCUTIVE ORDER TO GET RID OF ALL OF OBAMAS

  • HENRI

    THESE BIG SHOTS ARE DIPPING THEIR HANDS IN THE TILL AND ALSO GIVING THEM SELFS BIG BIG BONUSES EACH YEAR AND THAT IS WHY THEY DON’T GIVE THE MONEY TO HELP THE VETERANS AND THEY ARE ON THE SUCK MODE THEY KNOW THAT IT IS GOING DOWN SO THAT IS WHY THEY ARE TAKING AS MUCH AS THEY CAN AND PUTTING IN FOREIGN ACCOUNTS BUT THEIR IS AWAY TO GET THAT MONEY BACK TO HELP OUR VETS CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND YOUR GOVERNORS IF IN A CONSERVATIVE STATE THE LIBERALS WILL JUST BRUSH YOU OFF AND NOT ANSWER YOU

  • Alan Hale

    Well if he makes us wait long enough, we won’t be alive to cause him a problem. Must be a Democrat…….

  • jea2comments

    Wait times are long at Disneyland and at the VA! The VA is notorious for their long “waiting lists.” Trump will fix that problem when he gets into office. The VA system is going to be reformed and our Vets are going to get the help they need and DESERVE! Trump is the only candidate that is running that actually has said that he will help our Veterans, and he did just that, when he helped raise six-million dollars for our Veterans when the rest of the boys were at the last “debate.” Just one more reason to vote Trump!

    • The Redhawk

      and O HARA airport has even LONGER LINES…. DHS is run by the GUMNIT isn’t it???

      • jea2comments

        Yeah you’re right, and the DHS is gubment ran, and did you know that there are two muslims running the DHS, that’s like the fox guarding the henhouse! This explains many of our “security” problems. Shouldn’t the DHS, really be called the Department of NO Security! They also are allowing our borders to be left open for anyone/everyone to waltz right in. Just another way obama and his minions in positions of power want to bring down this country! And just another reason to vote Trump!

        • The Redhawk

          POINT 1) We have Baracky the STUID MULLAH running the White Mosque formerly the WH.
          Point 2) Can you name just ONE Program run by the ODUMBO GUMNIT that has not been a Total FIASCO???
          SO…… Time to FLUSH out the ODUMBO SEWER!!!

          • jea2comments

            There aren’t any programs that they haven’t messed up, as everything they touch turns to crap! If you want something screwed up, just ask the gubment to take care of it. They take everything and then turn it into poop! Speaking of poop…Always FLUSH twice…it’s a long way to D.C.

          • The Redhawk

            Well it seems that Baracky the MULLAH has broken another unwritten rule ” DOMESTIC POLITICS ARE LEFT AT THE BORDER” but since he believes on NO BORDERS the CLOWN in Charge has taken his clown Suit, Oversized Shoes and RED nose to the G-7 summitt and made a Political speech….If he thinks that the World Ledaers are ” apprehensive” about Trump, he NEEDS also to recognize that the very same bUNCH have been Hysterically LAUGHING AT HIM FOR 8 YEARS!!!…..So memo to the cLOWN….HEY DUMBASS STFU!!!!

          • jea2comments

            I agree, and thanks to obozo our country is the laughing stock of the world! Can’t wait till he is
            outta office!

          • The Redhawk

            BUT did tiiu hear that Barcky the Deranged CLOWN announced that he’ll “RETIRE” in a Very “TONY” neighborhood of DC.. Close to the WH and become a Better Known ” neighborhood Organizer”… So based on how well he Organized SO CHI his future Neighbors might want to MOVE OUT before the SHOOTIG gallery Devalues teir Properties… nad Who’d want the Sasquatch ( MOO chelly) as a Neighbor anyhow??? and BTW Valerie Jarrett will be put in charge of giving Daiiy tours of his Double wide PINOCCHIO museum…

          • jea2comments

            I’d sell my house before I’d live next to those POCs! Why doesn’t he just leave the country? he’s about as welcome in America, as a dirty crap filled diaper!

          • The Redhawk

            He’d bee feeding CRAP BUrgers as usual to his new Neighbors who haven’t “ESCAPED”

          • jea2comments

            Yep! We’ve all seen his diet of steady crap ever since he took office since Day 1!!!

          • The Redhawk

            He has been suffering from CRAP FLOW reversal due to a severe case of Blocked COLON due to unusual ‘ACTS”… OPENS MOUTH and CRAP flows out!

          • jea2comments

            When his lips are moving…BS dribbles out.

          • The Redhawk

            That IDIOT is a PURE E MANURE SPREADING MACHINE… BUT only when it TALKS!

          • jea2comments

            Yep!

          • The Redhawk

            AMEN!!!

    • reggie

      In 1991, when the gum-ment stuck to the floor, Trump sent his private jet to NC to ferry 200 marines back home to FL, in 2 flights. The only reason it was made public was because one of the men spoke about it, Trump never said a word. Now I’m really sure hitlery would do the same, NOT!

      • jea2comments

        You’re right and that did actually happen. Trump is the only one that says and DOES what he says he’s going to do. I believe he is a man of his word. Trump is also the only candidate that is going to help this country get back on track. We either get him or we are sunk! I think he’s going to clean-house when he gets into office. Lord willing we will have him for our next REAL Prez!

        • reggie

          Trump or Amerika the fallen. It’s a shame that people are subjected to blatant lies portrayed as truth. In 2013, Throneberry and Smith added an addendum to the NDAA that voided “the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987—that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government’s misinformation campaigns.” Vigilantcitizen.com. One of many sources.

          • jea2comments

            I agree. It’s either Trump or no one and he’s the only one I’m voting for.

  • Climax

    The entire VA is corrupt. The VA is a broken promise to every veteran that has served. Unless you are a dirt poor minority you get no help or even recognition that you served your country. All I wanted was a VA card after serving and the answer was absolutely not. Then single black female behind me with 3 kids and never served a day in her life gets help because she says the guy who knocked her up is in the military. Go figure.

    • The Redhawk

      Just a short one ” THE ENTIRE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS CORRUPT”

      • HENRI

        YOU ARE SO RIGHT I COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MY SELF RIGHT ON BUDDY

        • The Redhawk

          wE got to call it as it IS and Get rid of PC!!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT!!! SEMPER FI !!!

  • Ramon1710 .

    Odumbo must surround himself with lackeys even dumber than himself, so his delusion of self-worth isn’t jeopardized.

    • The Redhawk

      Mc Donald was lET GO by P&G for incompetency and Lafley came out of Retirement to Put P7G back on Tracks… So naturally ODUMBO hires another FAILURE like Koskinen, Jack LEW ( the SEQUESTER MORON), Holder, Susan Rice, Loretta Lynch and of course SHIL-LIAR-RY clinton…just to make himse;f look like a SUPERIOR MORON among his MORONS

  • CBUJAN

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is the very type of guy we need to vote or impeach out of office.

    • The Redhawk

      he could be perp walked along with KOSKINEN…the HEAD Moron of the IRS.

    • HENRI

      YES YES YES YES MY COUSIN HAD TO WAIT 1 AND A HALF YEARS FOR HELP AND HE HAS AGENT ORANGE PROBLEMS AND AN AMPUTEE AT THAT WAIT AND WAIT FOR THE PROCEDURE IT PISSED ME OFF BUT HE TOLD ME IF I SAY ANY THING THEY WILL CUT HIM OFF FROM ALL HELP WE ALSO CONTACTED MARCO RUBIO WITH NO ANSWER AT ALL IN FL. WE LIVE MID STATE AND HE GOES 65 MILES TO VIERA OR TAMPA THEY JUST DON’T CARE THAT IS WHY WE ARE AND ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE VOTING TRUMP ALL THE WAY TO THE W H

      • reggie

        The VA always had problems, but this is far and above un- acceptable… It’s beyond belief that our finest are treated like this. Trump!

      • The Redhawk

        BULLS EYE !! Either we Clean the SEWER called DC or the days of the REPUBLIC may be OVER…

      • horseridingplains

        I’m so sorry this is happening- I am retired nurse and did work in OP clinic area- this would not have been tolerated for care to any individual–why is this being allowed to go on????? Why can this not be fixed–is it because no one is taking responsibility for care to our Veterans???? Seems to me someone gets in there and writes rules. procedures etc–but then do we have long term employees (bureaucrats) who stop from being implemented because they have a gravy train going
        ?????? This must be changed

      • jea2comments

        Trump will fix the problem! He also helped raise six million for veterans when the rest of the “boys” were at the last debate. Trump 2016!!!

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