The VA Secretary nomination will hinge on an issue facing the future of the VA more than it will be about who is nominated. Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson has been the White House physician for three Presidents. He is President Trump’s choice to head the Veterans Administration. There are some that think that because he is a doctor, he could not be an administrator. These critics underestimate the value of a United States Navy Admiral. So what is the privatization fight all about? Is privatization a viable alternative?
As Written and Reported By Rick Moran for the American Thinker:
When Donald Trump fired his secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, and named his personal physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, to replace him, red flags went up on Capitol Hill and among some veterans groups who oppose privatizing the V.A.
Indeed, in a parting shot to his detractors within the administration, Shulkin wrote an op-ed in the New York Times warning against forces inside the White House that want to privatize the entire agency.
In an op-ed published in the New York Times just hours after he was removed, Shulkin blamed his ouster on forces within the administration that he said are pushing hard for privatization[.]
“The advocates within the administration for privatizing V.A. health services … saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed,” Shulkin wrote.
Dismantling the department’s health care system “is a terrible idea,” Shulkin wrote, adding that the private sector “is ill-prepared to handle the number and complexity of patients that would come from closing or downsizing V.A. hospitals and clinics.”
Groups like the Koch brothers-backed Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) are pushing to loosen current restrictions on veterans receiving ….
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