If you follow anyone on the NatSec twitters, this story about David Shulkin has been churning around for a while. If you’ve got time this week, put this from ProPublica in your “to read” pile, since it goes into amazing detail about how Shulkin, an Obama-era holdover, is getting no support from the Trump administration.
By all accounts, Shulkin is still, despite the “optics” problem he’s having by getting tickets to Wimbledon and a Springsteen concert, the right one for this job. Because whoever comes after him is going to be worse. And some kind of Trump puppet with little to no experience for the role.
The VA is having a rough few years, and this kind of turmoil at the top is going to slide downhill, like it always does, to the vets who need better healthcare.
Watching the Trump administration eat its own like this would be amusing, if it didn’t mean further delays in making the kind of improvements at the VA that it really needs. Or that whoever comes after him is probably going to do something stupid. Like privatize the damn thing.
And before you think that’s a good idea, remember that time when your privatized healthcare was both affordable and reliable?