Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) on Friday introduced a bill that would allow veterans to see doctors outside the Department of Veterans Affairs if the wait time is too long.
"Our veterans have waited too long. If you've served our country and you've gone to the VA center, we need to make sure you've got access to timely care," Denham said on the House floor.
Denham said that the VA should still be responsible for covering veterans' care even if they have to go to a doctor outside the system.
"We must ensure those who sacrificed so much receive the care they were promised even if that means seeing a local doctor at VA expense," Denham said.
Denham's bill comes hours after President Obama announced Eric Shinseki's resignation as VA secretary.