UPDATE: Rep. Walorski and Pres. Obama agree on VA reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. Indiana 2nd District Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and President Barack Obama have finally found a health care reform bill they agree on.

Walorski, a freshman Republican was on hand Thursday at Fort Belvoir, Virginia as the President signed a $17 billion bill to reform the Veterans Administration.

Walorski served on the house/ senate conference committee that ironed out the final details of the measure.

“The greatest opportunity today was to sit next to the new secretary Bob McDonald who is a native born Hoosier, so of course, we had to chat about Hoosier basketball,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “Then we had to chat about his vision for the next 90 days.”

The bill let’s veterans who have waited too long for V/A appointments to go to private doctors. It also sets aside some $5 billion to beef up the health care staffs of V/A clinics.

“Our job’s not done until these bad actors go to prison or are fired, they’re held accountable for their actions,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “And let’s not forget it was just a couple of months ago that we discovered that thousands of veterans died as a result of neglect and people were found to be gaming the system.”

Congresswoman Walorski said it was too soon to tell if the problems that plagued veteran’s health care were prevalent in Indiana.

Next week, Congresswoman Walorski will start a two day tour to discuss V/A issues. It will start at the outpatient clinic in Goshen and include stops in LaPorte, Winamac, and Claypool.

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