Trump turns focus to veterans, signs extension for choice in health care

by Dave Boyer | The Washington Times  |  published on April 20, 2017

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President Trump took one of his first steps Wednesday to address chronic problems in the Department of Veterans Affairs by signing a bill that extends stopgap services for veterans to go outside the VA medical system for care.

After campaigning on the issue of improving substandard care for veterans that dogged President Obama, Mr. Trump signed a reauthorization of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act and announced that he would devote a press conference to veterans issues next week.

“The veterans have poured out their sweat and blood and tears for this country for so long, and it’s time that they are recognized and it’s time that we now take care of them and take care of them properly,” Mr. Trump said.

The Choice program was set to expire in August without the legislation and with nearly $1 billion unspent in the account. Congress developed the program after a scandal erupted in 2014 during the Obama administration over wait times at the VA medical center in Phoenix, where dozens of veterans died waiting for care.

  • C. LeSaint

    I have a BIG problem with the following in the article!! “…dogged President Obama, Mr. Trump signed…”. The stupid liberal communist calls Obama president but NOT the REAL PRESIDENT, he just addresses him as Mr.!! You show RESPECT for PRESIDENT TRUMP or don’t write another article!!!!!!!

    • Joshua Martin

      you have no problem with him giving veterans worthless vouchers and calling them “choice” though?

  • Jose

    It is NOT the lack of care but the lack of “care” the caregivers provide. Some only work there for the money while doing very little in providing care to those in need (the veterans). Some are probably NOT qualified to work at a regular facility so they work at a VA and do little but still collect a paycheck. It is time to “drain the VA swap”, get rid of those not providing appropriate care to our veterans and hire more qualified providers. I am a retired veteran but have no desire to visit a VA facility. Too slow, too long, no one really cares, etc.

    • FLChristyB

      If the Doctors and nurses made equivalent pay and benefits to the private sector they would have better, more caring staff. It sickens me that our veterans are treated so badly and given so little for the sacrifices they and their families made for our Nation. Any dimwit can get elected and automatically receive HUGE pay and benefits, it should be the other way around!

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