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Boehner not blaming VA secretary over veteran deaths

Washington (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says he's not ready to "join the chorus" calling for the ouster of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, over reports that 40 patients died at a VA hospital in Phoenix because of delayed treatment.

Boehner says there is a "systemic management issue throughout the VA that needs to be addressed."

The Ohio Republican says the House is working on legislation that would give head of the agency "more flexibility to fire people."

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