2014-05-29T163300Z_1_LYNXMPEA4S0N0_RTROPTP_2_USA

Republicans attack Obama over veterans scandal

U.S. House Speaker Boehner takes a question as he addresses reporters after a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans stepped up their attacks on the Obama administration over a deepening Veterans Affairs healthcare delay scandal on Thursday, but House Speaker John Boehner again declined to join a growing list of lawmakers calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. Boehner told reporters he was still not convinced that Shinseki’s ouster would solve the VA’s problems. Instead, he sought to keep the pressure on President Barack Obama for VA scheduling abuses that covered up monthslong delays for veterans’ medical care appointments. “I’m going to continue to reserve judgment on General Shinseki,” Boehner said, adding: “The real issue here is the president is the one who should be held accountable.” On Wednesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ inspector general confirmed in an interim report that Phoenix VA officials manipulated data to vastly understate appointment waiting times for veterans, and said the problem was “systemic” throughout the VA.

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