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Ohio Sen. Portman says Cleveland Clinic's Cosgrove would be good for the VA
But he says turning around the trouble agency will take more than a change in leaders

Karen Kasler
Both Ohio's U.S. senators think Cleveland Clinic's Cosgrove would have a lot to contribute as head of the VA.
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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman doesn’t think the resignation of Eric Shinseki  as secretary will solve the problem at the Veterans Administration. But he says he’s encouraged by reports that Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove is being considered as Shinseki’s replacement.

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“There’s nothing probably more complex than the VA so it will be a big challenge for anybody. But he’s someone who knows how to make health care not just efficient, but high quality. And I think that’s what we need right now is leadership at the top that understands that and frankly that brings some of the private sector expertise in. However, just changing leadership at the top isn’t going to solve the problem.” 

Portman was touring VA facilities in Columbus this morning. He and Ohio’s Democratic U.S. senator, Sherrod Brown, are both backing a bill to increase VA funding, hire more doctors and nurses and allow vets to use private providers if the wait time at VA facilities is too long.


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