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McCain Denies GOP Wants to Privatize the VA

Hillary Clinton’s claim that Republicans are trying to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs is “offensive,” GOP Sen. John McCain declared Tuesday, according to The Hill.

“For Secretary Clinton to play partisan politics with the VA crisis one day before Veteran’s Day is nothing short of shameful,” the Arizona lawmaker said in a written statement. “For her to accuse me and my Republican colleagues of wanting to ‘privatize’ the VA is, of course, inaccurate and offensive.” McCain is a Vietnam war veteran who was a prisoner of war for more than five years.

Clinton made the allegation during a campaign speech in New Hampshire on Tuesday. She called the VA scandal involving veterans being subjected to long waits for medical treatment “serious, systemic and unacceptable.” She declared that “privatization is betrayal,” and vowed that as president she “would not let it happen.”

McCain acknowledged he agrees with Clinton that the government needs to “fix” the VA. He has proposed a “choice card” that veterans could use to schedule appointments with doctors outside the agency but insisted it is not a move toward privatization.

“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,” the senator wrote. He demanded an apology from the Democratic presidential candidate, The Hill reported.

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