VA chief backs outside medical care as new program falters

February 26, 2015 8:51 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday he was committed to a law making it easier for veterans to get private health care, but he offered few answers for lawmakers irritated at the slow effort to put it in place.

"I'm as frustrated as you all are," McDonald told the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee as he explained low enrollment numbers for a program intended help veterans avoid long waits that have plagued VA facilities.

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