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Sanders chairs Senate hearing on VA health care

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Are American veterans getting the care they need and deserve? That's the focus of a hearing in Washington Wednesday chaired by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

The hearing comes amid an investigation of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital where there are allegations that up to 40 veterans died while awaiting treatment. But Sanders opened the hearing saying there should not be a rush to judgment on the Phoenix case. And Sanders' remarks largely defended the care delivered at hundreds of VA facilities across the country.

Others on the committee harshly criticized the VA, not only for Phoenix, but reports of other shortfalls in care at VA facilities. Several have called for the firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki who was also testifying at Wednesday's hearing.

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