An administration that treats veterans’ healthcare with the seriousness it deserves does not choose a person with zero management experience to run the Department of Veterans Affairs and the 360,000 people it employs. This nomination is the act of an administration that can’t even pretend to care about the veterans that the VA serves. After all, its end goal is to gut the VA and privatize veterans’ healthcare for Wall Street’s benefit, so why bother picking someone qualified?
Our government makes a solemn promise to deliver healthcare, disability compensation, and other benefits (like education assistance and home loans) to the men and women who serve in our armed forces. Although it’s not perfect, the VA is still one of the best healthcare systems in the country by any available measure. We need to invest in the VA so that our veterans can get the benefits they earned without long waits or bureaucratic headaches. This administration would rather sabotage the entire agency at veterans’ expense to create more investment profits for the ultra-wealthy.
We’ve seen this story many times before with the likes of Scott Pruitt, Betsy Devos, and Alex Azar: take the person most likely to destroy a valuable public institution and put them in charge of it. Whether it’s our environment, our kids’ schools, or our health, there is nothing that they won’t sacrifice in order to make a buck. But it’s even more outrageous when the destruction of our government comes at the expense of our veterans.
I didn’t serve in the military, but I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who have. As your Congressman, I will demonstrate that respect by fighting to protect and expand the VA’s ability to provide our veterans with their hard-earned benefits. As a country, we made a promise to our veterans, and it’s time we elect leaders who are serious about keeping it.