Archive for the ‘Veterans’ Category

Comments Off on Privatization Options for the Scandal-Plagued Veterans Administration

INTERNATIONAL LIBERTY – I try not to pay much attention to the staffing decisions of President Trump’s “Boston-phone-book presidency.” Yes, I realize those choices are important, but my focus is policy. As such, I don’t have any strong opinions on the ouster of David Shulkin, the now-former Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs. But […]

Comments Off on Trump Nominates a Toady for the Department of Veterans Affairs: New at Reason

REASON – Donald Trump has many regrettable qualities, writes Steve Chapman, but seldom do they come together in such perfect concert as in his nomination of Dr. Ronny Jackson for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you work for Trump, you have a choice: You can be a shameless toady, or you can […]

Comments Off on The VA Is a Mess—But Not Because of Who’s In Charge

REASON – The Department of Veterans Affairs is really hard to staff. Its Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has 30,000 vacant clinical positions. Eligibility-claims processers are in such short supply, there remains a waiting list 75,000 veterans long. Appeals of eligibility denials have a backlog of more than 300,000 and take an average of 2.5 years […]