People watch from inside the fence of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs medical center as Obama's motorcade arrives, in Phoenix, Arizona

Obama says more work needed to improve veterans' care

People watch from inside the fence of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs medical center as Obama's motorcade arrives, in Phoenix, ArizonaBy Jeff Mason PHOENIX (Reuters) – Making his first stop at a troubled veterans facility in Phoenix that sparked a political crisis for his administration, President Barack Obama said on Friday that progress has been made but more work is needed to address delays for care. Obama joined a group of veterans and lawmakers, including Arizona Senator John McCain, his opponent in the 2008 presidential race, at the medical center that prompted outrage after revelations that wait-list delays had been covered up. “We all know that there have been significant problems at this facility: the kind of cooking the books and unwillingness to face up to the fact that veterans were not being adequately served went on too long and, as a consequence, we didn’t fix what needed to be fixed,” Obama said after meeting with the group. “There is still more work to do.” Widespread delays and other systemic problems at the Phoenix facility and others around the country sparked the resignation of then Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in 2014.

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