President-elect Trump was asked by reporters to provide details of his plan for veterans’ health care, and he and his senior advisors provided nothing, which means that the next commander in chief lied to veterans thousands of times on the campaign trail when he promised that he would fix health care for our veterans.
The New York Times reported:
Mr. Trump met with several executives of private hospital systems at his Mar-a-Lago estate on Wednesday. After the meeting, Mr. Trump called out to reporters, saying he wanted to describe his ideas for changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs, but then quickly directed one of his senior aides to describe the proposals under consideration.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, provided no details about how the plans would work, how much they would cost, or the possibility of unintended consequences from privatizing part of the V.A.’s sprawling medical system.
The writing was clearly placed on the wall by Trump refusing to discuss his plan after meeting with executives from private hospital systems.
We all know what the Republican plan for veterans’ health care is.
Hillary Clinton spoke about this during a Democratic primary debate in February 2016, “This is another part of the Koch brothers agenda. They’ve actually formed an organization to try to convince Americans that we no longer need guaranteed health care, specialized care for our veterans. I will fight that as hard as I can.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) added, “Republicans talk a good game about veterans, but when it came time to put money on the line for veterans, they were not there…Sec. Clinton is absolutely right. There are people, the Koch brothers among others, who have a group called Concerned Veterans of America. Koch brothers, by the way, want to destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, every governmental program passed since the 1930s.”
Trump and the Republicans are going to privatize the VA and pass off the same voucher for health care scheme that they have been dreaming of pushing on our nation’s vets for years.
Instead of improving the VA, Republicans are going to destroy it, and in the process break a fundamental promise that this country has made to those men and women who risk their lives to keep our country safe. Donald Trump is getting set to betray American veterans. Those veterans who voted for Trump threw their support behind a man who looked them in the eye and lied. Trump isn’t going to fix their healthcare. He is going to destroy it.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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