The last major cabinet appointment that we were waiting to see from Trump was VA Secretary.
That’s an incredibly important position considering the fact that Obama has done an absolutely terrible job in that area.
In fact, it has been reported that as many as 300,000 veterans died waiting for care under Obama.
We now know who Trump has chosen.
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If Shulkin is confirmed, he will be the first non-veteran to serve as VA Secretary. Shulkin has served as undersecretary since June 2015. He was previously was the chief executive of many hospital systems.
Here is a little more about the pick…
Shulkin is a physician — a board-certified internist — and was the chief executive or chief medical officer of several hospitals and hospital systems. He’s also an entrepreneur who founded a healthcare information company called DoctorQuality.
As the head of the Veterans Health Administration, Shulkin spoke with NPR about the experiences of veterans left waiting months for treatment under the program.
“When I hear stories like that, it’s completely unacceptable,” he told NPR. “The first responsibility that we have to our veterans is to make sure those that need urgent care are getting care on time.
“This is a different VA,” he said. “We’ve brought in people from the outside who have private sector experience. And what we’re saying is that we have to do business differently. … We know how to make this program work better.”
Seems like a solid pick.
There will definitely be people who aren’t happy that Shulkin isn’t a vet.
But, that doesn’t mean he can’t bring the necessary change to the bureaucracy.