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Friday, January 13, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to nominate David Shulkin to be his secretary of veterans affairs, a position that requires Senate confirmation. Shulkin is currently the under secretary for health at the VA, which means he runs the Veterans Health Administration. He was nominated for that position by President Obama in March 2015 and confirmed by the Senate that June. Shulkin's official bio says he 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 health care information company called DoctorQuality. Notably, he's not a veteran. As NPR's Quil Lawrence reported last month, the VA has always been headed by a veteran. Trump said in a statement following the announcement. "Dr. Shulkin has the experience and the vision to ensure we will meet the healthcare needs of every veteran."

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Great news.

The outstanding work done by out going VA Secretary, Robert McDonald, will more than likely continue ...

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#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-01-11 04:04 PM | Reply

WaPo: David Shulkin tapped as Trump's VA secretary
www.washingtonpost.com

During his campaign, Trump called VA a "broken" system that treats illegal immigrants "better than our vets." [PinchALoaf Edit: Trump's statement is complete BS]

Expanding private care is one of Trump's biggest priorities for veterans, and it is unclear how Shulkin would approach such a change. After some members of the congressionally created commission on VA health care called last year for drastically reducing the federal role in veterans' medical care, Shulkin told the Daily Press in Virginia the idea was "terrible."

"This would be a terrible mistake, a terrible direction for veterans and for the country, to essentially systematically implement recommendations that would lead to the end of the VA health-care system," he said.

A specialist in health-care quality, Shulkin held leadership positions at the Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University Hospital and the Medical College of Pennsylvania before coming to government. He founded a now-defunct company, DoctorQuality, that provided information for patients on health-care safety and quality.


Dr. Shulkin understands healthcare quality and knows that the sending veterans to the private sector means veterans will get lower quality, more unsafe patient care -- that will also be more expensive.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-01-11 08:02 PM | Reply

Also from the above WaPo link ...

His selection drew praise from some of the largest veterans groups as a welcome sign of continuity.

"The VFW is proud to support the nomination of Dr. David Shulkin as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and we are most appreciative of his willingness to continue serving veterans and making the VA better," Brian Duffy, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said in a statement.

Louis Celli, legislative director for the American Legion, said in an interview that Shulkin has had an open door not just to veterans groups but to his staff at the Veterans Health Administration.

Shulkin's selection "says to me that Trump has faith in the direction VA is going with health care," Celli said. "I think this is a huge reality check for a group of people who want to privatize VA."


QFT

#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-01-11 08:14 PM | Reply

Head of Veterans Health System Is Trump's Pick to Lead Veterans Affairs
www.nytimes.com

In a move that left many veterans groups breathing a sigh of relief, President-elect Donald J. Trump on Wednesday selected the current head of the nation's sprawling veterans health care system, Dr. David J. Shulkin, an appointee of President Obama's, to become secretary of veterans affairs.

If confirmed, he will be the first secretary to lead the department who is not a veteran.

In 2015, he was appointed under secretary for health by Mr. Obama and told to cut wait times in the troubled health care system, which includes 1,700 hospitals and clinics that serve nearly nine million veterans.

In that time, Dr. Shulkin has nearly doubled the amount of health care that veterans receive through private doctors. But he has also rejected calls for broader privatization, saying that it would cost untold billions and undermine the hospital system -- a stance that puts him at odds with Mr. Trump.

"The Trump campaign made a big deal of what a sucking chest wound the V.A. was," said Phillip Carter, an Iraq veteran who studies the agency for the Center for a New American Security, a research organization that focuses on the military and veterans. "Then they realized how hard it would be to turn around, and decided they needed to continue with the reforms that are already taking effect."

"He knows the V.A. but he is not of the V.A.," Mr. Carter said. "He comes from the private sector and knows how to blend private and public care."

The news, announced by Mr. Trump at a news conference on Wednesday, left many veterans groups bewildered but pleased.

"This is a very surprising pick, but he is the best out of all the candidates," Paul Rieckhoff, the executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said of Dr. Shulkin. The group's membership would have preferred a veteran, Mr. Rieckhoff said, but added that Dr. Shulkin was well respected. "We know him, we trust him and we can work with him," he said.


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#4 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-01-11 08:54 PM | Reply

Hopefully big changes coming there.

#5 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-01-13 08:11 PM | Reply

Hopefully big changes coming there.

#5 | POSTED BY WHITEDEVIL

The right changes have been happening the last two years ...

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Did you ever stop and think for a moment WHY all the Big Time Veterans Organizations support Dr. Shulkin who's work was in lockstep of the outgoing VA Secretary Robert McDonald? Not to mention WHY all these Veterans Groups are against privatizing the VA?

Just the idea that anyone would root for veterans to be given poorer quality more unsafe healthcare, that is also more expensive than what veterans get with the VA, only because doing so fits one's personal politics, is flat out dysfunctional and (to be charitable) ridiculous.

#6 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-01-13 08:38 PM | Reply

Oh

#7 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-01-13 09:40 PM | Reply

Oh my, a doc with administrative experience! Hell, very few of the doctors that have seen me at VA clinics and hospitals are even American, fewer still are vets. But they have provided good care over all. Believe me, some veterans are idiots. Veterans are just like everyone else, the bell curve is in effect.

#8 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-01-14 01:01 PM | Reply

Pinch are you aware of the latest VA info regarding Camp Lejeune?
Anyone that was stationed there for 30 days or longer from years 1953 till 1985 is now eligible to join the VA regardless of income.
Also anyone that has had or does have a series of ailments (can't remember the whole list) will be eligible for a disability income.

#9 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2017-01-14 03:07 PM | Reply

Pinch are you aware of the latest VA info regarding Camp Lejeune?
Anyone that was stationed there for 30 days or longer from years 1953 till 1985 is now eligible to join the VA regardless of income.
Also anyone that has had or does have a series of ailments (can't remember the whole list) will be eligible for a disability income.

#9 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

Just took 30 seconds to look at it ...

Marines were sickened by contaminated water, and the VA took a long time to figure out some sort of compensation. Not that the VA is perfect, it's not. Did you ever ask yourself who makes the rules?

The problem isn't the VA. It's the Congress who set the rules and who provides oversight. Congress undoubtedly knew about the problems at Camp Lejeune for a long time. And if the Congress wants they can streamline these sort of things very easily.

Is that you're point?

#10 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-01-14 03:41 PM | Reply

Dr. Shulkin understands healthcare quality and knows that the sending veterans to the private sector means veterans will get lower quality, more unsafe patient care -- that will also be more expensive.

#2 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF

And they'll do it anyway, because Republican.

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-01-14 03:44 PM | Reply

Is that you're point?
#10 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF

No pinch. The was no point. I was sharing something with you. I learned of this last night at the county Legion meeting and thought it was something all veterans should be aware of.

#12 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2017-01-14 08:21 PM | Reply

No pinch. The was no point. I was sharing something with you. I learned of this last night at the county Legion meeting and thought it was something all veterans should be aware of.

#12 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

Consider post #10 a residual effect from all the combative posts of the last 2 years -- my bad.

#13 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-01-14 09:49 PM | Reply

The Momentum of MyVA Transformation
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#14 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-01-15 12:29 AM | Reply

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