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Coburn Says Report will Expose more Problems at VA

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A U.S. senator from Oklahoma says a new report will expose more weaknesses at Veterans Affairs Department hospitals, including disappearing doctors and staff members.

The Oklahoman reports from its Washington bureau that U.S. Senator Tom Coburn delivered the national Republican radio address yesterday. Coburn focused on the problems encountered by the nation's veterans in getting treatment — or even getting appointments.

Coburn co-authored legislation addressing a wide range of problems at VA hospitals and in the health care system. That bill cleared the House and Senate last week.

Among the provisions championed by Coburn are ones that would allow veterans to see any physician or visit any hospital if they live more than 40 miles away from a VA hospital or cannot get a timely appointment at one.