A bipartisan deal in the Senate designed to alleviate treatment delays at Veterans Affairs hospitals is revolutionary and will help veterans, Concerned Veterans for America's Dan Caldwell told CNBC.
"We think this is a very important reform, and it actually starts to chip away at the VA's inefficient, ineffective single-payer health-care system," he said in an interview with "Street Signs."
The Department of Veterans Affairs has been under fire for allegedly covering up the deaths of 40 patients awaiting care at VA facilities in Phoenix. Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned last week. His replacement, Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson, said Thursday that VA staff contacted 1,700 veterans whose names appeared on secret waiting lists and discovered 18 had already died.
The Senate's bipartisan deal, if passed, would give veterans more access to private doctors and allow the VA to open 26 clinics, hire more doctors and nurses, and fire staff.