WASHINGTON (KDKA) — The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs is talking about the new law that will give Veterans access to private healthcare. KDKA Legal Editor Julie Grant met with him, when she was in Washington D.C. to interview members of President Trump’s Cabinet.
“It seemed like if they’re waiting in line for 9 days and they can’t see a doctor why aren’t they going outside to see a doctor and take care of themselves and we pay the bill,” President Trump said minutes before he signed the VA Mission Act into law.
Giving our nation’s heroes more healthcare choices and benefit opportunities is the goal.
“Over the last 500 days, we’ve done everything that we’ve been able to do internally to create the right environment for veterans, to be able to choose the VA as a great option, to be able to choose a local provider if that’s a better option for them,” said Acting VA Secretary Peter O’Rourke.
A Veteran himself, Acting Secretary O’Rourke admits since the healthcare scandals surfaced in 2012, the department has been under the microscope. Advances were made last year when President