Augusta, GA -
Congressman John Barrow spoke with a group of people, this morning, about the issues surrounding the Veteran's Administration scandal. He called the meeting an information gathering. He says the only way to fix the problem is for people to come together, to talk and listen. Experts in the health care field gathered to share ideas for what they think will help.
"Those of us who are determined to get to the bottom of this are not going to rest until we do, get to the bottom of this. There is no excuse for the delays in health care, that so many of our veteran patients have experienced," Congressman Barrow said.
Barrow called the meeting constructive, and says it is the first step in the right direction. He says his concentration lies in what's broken, and what can be fixed.
"The purpose is to bring together a lot of stakeholders, a lot of people who have a different stake in various aspects of our programs, that are trying to serve the needs of veterans," Barrow said.
Barrow also says he thinks the VA investigation is going too slow. He says, even with the resignation of Shinseki, there is still a lot to be done.
"It's not enough to hold people accountable for what they did. We’ve got to make the changes, that will make sure that this never happens again," Barrow says.
The Congressman says there isn't just one person, or one group, to blame, but it's the whole system.
"There is an old saying that justice delayed is justice denied. Well health care delayed is healthcare denied," Barrow said.