WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 15: Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin appears before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on March 15, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Another cabinet member has exited the Trump administration.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin had been rumored to be on the chopping block for weeks, but now it’s official. President Trump tweeted yesterday that his presidential physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, would replace Shulkin.
Here’s a closer look at what happened and what it could mean for veterans in L.A.
Was Shulkin really fired because he improperly took his wife to Europe on the taxpayer’s dime?
It doesn’t appear so.
The conflict that really seemed to take Shulkin down is the debate about how much private health care veterans should have access to.
Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration have been pushing to expand a program called Veterans Choice. It lets vets go to private doctors if they have a wait at the VA that’s longer than 30 days or a commute to the nearest VA hospital over 40 miles.
Democrats say they want to fix wait times, too, but they’re worried about a quick fix that will be a slippery slope to full privatization of