As we are all aware, this nation now has a new president, Donald Trump. President Trump has nominated David Shulkin to be his secretary of Veteran’s Affairs.
Nominee Shulkin most recently served in the Obama administration as Undersecretary for Health. This is the same agency that is responsible for operation of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Nominee Shulkin is a board-certified physician and served in several hospital systems throughout his career.
While Nominee Shulkin is not a veteran, if confirmed, he would be the first person to serve in this capacity who is not a veteran. President Trump has confidence in him, so let’s give him a look-see before we criticize him for his lack of experience.
In my eyes, the Veteran’s Choice Program has a lot to be desired. If Dr. Shulkin is confirmed as Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs, I hope that he will fix the problem areas of this supposedly well intended program.
The Veteran’s Administration does not need to be privatized. This would not be cost-effective and would take away from all veterans who rely on the VA for their medical benefits and rehab. Yet in very rural areas, where this was intended, this would become a very useful tool for our nation’s veterans.
In my opinion, Secretary McDonald should have been retained. Secretary McDonald was making some headway in fixing the bureaucracy of the VA and that was truly needed.
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