On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump constantly reiterated how he would stand up for America’s veterans and drastically reform the broken-down Department of Veterans Affairs in order to help those who served.
It appears that Trump is following through on his promises. When reporters were briefed on Wednesday afternoon, an “unnamed source” stated that Trump was considering how to incorporate private health care into the VA, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.
“We think we have to have kind of a … public-private option, because some vets love the VA,” the official explained.
Incorporating private medicine into the VA certainly would speed up wait times and give veterans access to the sort of care they think is best for them. Most importantly, they finally would be free of the government.
“It’s not the easiest thing in the world, because you’ve got all these little kingdoms out there, which is hard. You know, in the federal government it’s hard to break things up and start over,” the source stated.
The Wall Street Journal noted that this sort of public-private option was believed by some to be a “first step” toward ultimate privatization of the VA system — something several veterans groups don’t want to see happen.
As with most things Trump is thinking about, we won’t know what his actual plan is until he announces it. The Hill noted that the public-private option was described as “one of the options on the table,” which would indicate the Trump administration is considering other options as well.
As of Thursday morning, Trump had not indicated whom he would nominate to be secretary of veterans affairs. Whoever he does tap will ultimately lead the charge to reform the system — and it would have to be someone who agrees with what Trump wants to do.
Trump’s potential reforms for the VA have the potential to touch the lives of literally every U.S. veteran. Trump seems to be a man of his word, and he likely will do his best to help those who gave this country everything they had.
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