Trump deeply critical of VA
In January 2016, during a campaign news conference, President Trump slammed the long wait times that many veterans have experienced at VA hospitals, helping to raise the level of debate about the issue.
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“I’m entirely in favor of fixing the VA health care,” Trump said at the time. “The VA is one of the great catastrophes in this country. People are waiting five days, six days, seven days on line. They’re dying while they wait on line. And I am in favor of, if they can’t get a doctor within a reasonable period of time, they’re going to go see a doctor and the country’s going to pay for it.
“They’re going to a private doctor, or a public hospital, or a public doctor but someplace that can take care [of them] immediately. We’re losing thousands of people waiting on line.”
A Sept. 2, 2015 report from the VA Office of Inspector General said that an effort to confirm reports that 47,000 veterans died while their health care applications were pending was unsuccessful because VA records were insufficient.
In December, Trump reportedly was considering a plan to allow veterans to opt out of VA hospital care and instead see private doctors of their choosing, following through on that campaign statement made nearly a year ago.
“We’re working on something to make it great for veterans,” Trump told reporters later. “People are dying. We’re going to fix it properly.”
While many Obama administration policy rules are expected to be rolled back by the Trump administration, this new rule expanding the rule of APRNs may well dovetail with its views about making VA health care more accessible to veterans.
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