Shinseki Resigns Amid Veterans' Health Care Issues

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki addresses the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans May 30, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Shinseki is under bipartisan pressure to resign in the wake of an unfolding scandal following a report by the inspector general's office. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with “considerable regret.” He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties.

Shinseki’s resignation comes two days after a scathing internal report found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system. The system provides care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.

Shinseki is a retired four-star Army general who has overseen the VA since the start of Obama’s presidency.

NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsley discusses these developments with Here & Now’s Robin Young.


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