Politics

Sen. Johnny Isakson Discusses The Future Of The VA

In this file photo, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., announces his re-election bid for the 2016 campaign at the state Capitol Nov. 17, 2014, in Atlanta.
In this file photo, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., announces his re-election bid for the 2016 campaign at the state Capitol Nov. 17, 2014, in Atlanta.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

The Veterans Administration continues its struggle with long wait times at its medical facilities, patient deaths, and allegations of mismanagement from government and congressional investigators.

But the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee says there has also been progress in addressing those problems during the past year. ¬†In a conversation with Denis O’Hayer on “Morning Edition,” Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson¬†also denied accusations from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, who have said some Republicans want to privatize the VA system.

The conversation also touched on the deployment of some American special forces to Syria, and legislation to continue health care coverage for Sept. 11 first responders.

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