- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he supports a congressional panel’s recommendation to create a veterans’ health care system that coordinates government and private care.

The recommendation is among a total of 18 issued in July by the Commission on Care. Congress created the panel following a scandal over long wait times for veterans who sought care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Obama told Congress in a letter sent Thursday that he strongly supports 15 of the panel’s 18 recommendations.

He says the VA is already adopting many of the proposals as part of a continuing overhaul of the department.

In its July report, the panel said the VA needs “fundamental, dramatic change” to improve the health care it provides to more than 9 million veterans a year.

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