Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have expressed fury over reports of U.S. veterans being denied care, even to the point of death, at some VA facilities.
Some Republicans have tried to use the shocking VA reports against President Obama and Obamacare as an example of failed government health care.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN over the weekend how "there are incompetent administrators" in the VA, but also pointed to a lack of funding (video below).
"They're treating 6.5 million people a year, 230,000 people every single day. Is there waste in the system? Absolutely," said Sen. Sanders. "But at the end of the day, when you have 2 million new veterans coming into the system, some with very difficult and complicated problems, I do think we have to take a hard look and see if we have the resources."
Back in February, Senate Republicans blocked a bill authored by Sen. Sanders that would have expanded veterans' health care. The bill was four votes short of a 60-vote requirement to allow a final vote on it.
“I don’t know how anyone who voted ‘no’ today can look a veteran in the eye and justify that vote,” said Daniel Dellinger, national commander of the American Legion, told The Washington Post. “Our veterans deserve more than what they got today.”
The bill would have expanded veterans' dental and medical care, funding for caretakers of vets and opened 27 new VA health facilities. The bill also would have repealed a previous cut to cost-of-living adjustments for future vets.