Rep. Gosar Meets With Acting VA Secretary Sloan

Jun 5, 2014 Issues: Veterans

For Immediate Release
Date: June 5, 2014


Contact: Gosar Press Office
Office: (202) 225-2315

PHOENIX, Arizona, - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) along with Congressman Matt Salmon and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, met with Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson at the Phoenix VA Hospital, the epicenter of the VA scandal. 

Secretary Sloan explained some immediate reforms he was implementing including barring performance bonuses and termination of leadership positions. 

"I was heartened to hear that Secretary Sloan is taking his responsibilities very seriously and he has outlined a preliminary plan for reforms. Secretary Sloan stated that 18 veterans died who were on waiting lists, although it was not clear if these 18 were part of the original 40 estimate.

I also explained to Secretary Sloan that patient choice and competition would have in part prevented this. Veterans should have the right to choose their doctors. Choice brings out competition and competition would have reduced or eliminated delays as doctors competed for veteran business. 

One thing is clear. Expanding the bureaucracy is not the answer."