Tag Archives: Veterans Administration

ProPublica Report: Three Mar-A-Lago Members Are Secretly Wielding “Sweeping Influence” On VA Policies

ProPublica reports: Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.” O’Rourke treated the email as an order, but …

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Ronny Jackson Out As Trump’s Personal Physician

Politico reports: White House physician Ronny Jackson will not return to his role as the president’s personal physician, according to two senior administration officials, after a string of allegations caused the Navy rear admiral to withdraw his nomination last week to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sean Conley, a Navy officer who took over Jackson’s role as the president’s …

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Dr. Ronny Jackson Withdraws From VA Nomination

The Hill reports: President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs has withdrawn his nomination amid allegations of workplace misconduct and prescription mispractice. The withdrawal of Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson followed a decision by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to indefinitely postpone his confirmation hearing. Staffers on the committee were looking into charges against Jackson of creating a …

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Trump’s VA Pick Ronny Jackson Mulls Withdrawing

The Washington Post reports: White House physician Ronny L. Jackson has grown frustrated with the nomination process to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs and has told colleagues he may remove his name from consideration, according to two White House officials with knowledge of his deliberations. Jackson’s indecision was brewing even before Capitol Hill Democrats on Wednesday released new allegations …

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White House Defends VA Nominee Amid Reports Of Drunkenness At Work, Urges Swift Confirmation Hearing

The Washington Examiner reports: The White House will submit a request to the Senate this week to swiftly reschedule a confirmation hearing for Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s embattled pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. “We’ll be making a request to [Senate Veterans Affairs Committee] Chairman Isakson,” legislative affairs director Marc Short told reporters Wednesday. “We think …

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Trump Gives Cover For VA Pick To Withdraw: I Told Him These Are Vicious People, You Don’t Need This [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump today repeatedly said the choice to withdraw was Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson’s, but he also questioned why he would want to go forward and take the “abuse” from politicians. “It’s totally his decision, he’ll be making a decision,” Trump said when asked about the nomination of Jackson, who is the White House physician to …

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Questions Arise Over Trump’s Pick To Head VA

Politico reports: Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson’s nomination to be Veterans Affairs secretary may be in trouble, according to senators and aides in both parties. Republicans are considering postponing his confirmation hearing this week as senators pore over potentially new negative information that committee members have received, according to GOP sources familiar with the matter. And Senate Democrats are digging into …

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David Shulkin: No, I Did Not Resign [VIDEO]

Politico reports: Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Sunday denied he resigned his position. In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the ousted VA chief again argued he was undermined by elements of the Trump administration seeking to privatize services for veterans and said his potential successor, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, would need “a good team around him” …

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David Shulkin: I Got Fired Because I Was Seen As An Obstacle To Privatizing The Veterans Administration

From David Shulkin’s op-ed in the New York Times: I believe differences in philosophy deserve robust debate, and solutions should be determined based on the merits of the arguments. The advocates within the administration for privatizing V.A. health services, however, reject this approach. They saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed. That is because I …

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Office Of VA Secretary Accused Of Doctoring Email And Lying So Public Paid For His Wife’s 10-Day Europe Trip

The Washington Post reports: Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin’s chief of staff doctored an email and made false statements to create a pretext for taxpayers to cover expenses for the secretary’s wife on a 10-day trip to Europe last summer, the agency’s inspector general has found. Vivieca Wright Simpson, VA’s third-most senior official, altered language in an email from …

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Trump Floats “Private-Public” Option For VA

Surely there’s a billionaire healthcare mogul involved. The Hill reports: President-elect Donald Trump is considering a “public-private option” for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a transition team official said Wednesday. “We think we have to have kind of a … public-private option because some vets love the VA … some vets want to go to the VA,” a senior …

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