McCain: Tom Coburn Should Be Next VA Secretary

By Melanie Arter | June 2, 2014 | 10:51am EDT

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) ( Starr)

( – In an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the president should consider Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) as the permanent replacement for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

“This is a situation that the president needs to call together the best people he can find. Ask General Petraeus. I'd ask Tom Coburn. If there's anybody in Congress that knows more about healthcare, then Tom Coburn should be the next secretary of the Veteran's Administration in my view,” McCain said.

Shinseki resigned privately Friday, saying he did not want to be a “distraction.” He was temporarily replaced by Slone Gibson, the agency’s 2nd in charge.

Coburn, who graduated from the University of Oklahoma Medical School, interned in general surgery at the St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City and did his residency in family practice at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. He specialized in family medicine, obstetrics, and allergy treatment. He has personally delivered over 4,000 babies, his website said.

McCain said Obama should call together experts like Coburn and Petraeus and give them two weeks to come up with a solution to the VA health care problem.

“Call them together and say, ‘In two weeks, I want you to tell the American people what we need to do to fix this.’ We can do that. Instead, the president seems to be blaming it on a scheduling problem,” McCain said.

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