During the election, Trump regularly professed his will to improve the VA. After meeting with a group of healthcare executives recently, president-elect Trump has decided to change the VA to allow some veterans to get care exclusively from private-sector hospitals, an official said. This is all according to a Wall Street Journal article from yesterday entitled, ‘Donald Trump Considers Moving VA Toward Privatization’.
Privatizing the VA would give veterans full choice over their healthcare. However, almost every veteran groups argues that such a move would be catastrophic for the VA. According to these groups, such a move would essentially reduce the quality of healthcare for our veterans.
“Veterans suffer very specific illnesses and injuries that come from the battlefield and that come from service and they tend to be multiple in nature,” said VA Secretary Bob McDonald. “Veterans want a doctor, or want a provider, who understands these illnesses and these injuries and knows how to deal with them and deals with them every day.”
Some people are furious that life-long draft-dodger Donald Trump, who ridiculed John McCain during the election for being captured in war, is making decisions that will affect the healthcare of our nation’s heroes.
Just look at this Politifact article from July, 2016, entitled, ‘Does Donald Trump want to privatize the VA?’ Tim Kaine, Hillary’s VP accused Trump of wanting to do just that.
During the election, Tim Kaine thought so. As soon as Tim Kaine accused Trump of wanting to privatize the VA, the Trump team fired back.
“No, it doesn’t have to be privatization,” Trump said. “What it has to be is when somebody is online and they say it’s a seven-day wait, that person’s going to walk across the street to a private doctor, be taken care of, we’re gonna pay the bill.” Politifact article
In fact, the Politifact article even rates Kaine’s assertion that The Donald would privatize the VA as ‘mostly false’. Even Politifact got it wrong.
Veteran advocate groups such as the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America and Paralyzed Veterans of America, have all vowed to oppose Trump’s privatization moves.