News headlines this week screamed about how President-elect Trump is considering a plan to partially privatize the Veterans Health Administration. Did nobody read his campaign website during the election?In July, Trump issued his 10-point plan to fix the VA. Number 10 on the list: “Mr. Trump will ensure every veteran has the choice to seek care at the VA or at a private service provider of their own choice. Under a Trump Administration, no veteran will die waiting for service. These days are over starting January 2017.”At the time, we wrote that, while Trump’s plan wasn’t full-fledged privatization, it would “move the veterans’ health program decidedly in the right direction.”Let’s be clear that what Trump is proposing would not take anything away from veterans. It wouldn’t cost them more. It wouldn’t deny them treatments. It would only expand their range of choices of doctors and hospitals. And it would be part of a plan to inject much needed accountability into the VA.
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