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Trump Appoints His Doctor To VA Secretary

This may come as a shock to those who never watched The Apprentice, but Donald Trump loves to fire people.

Case in point, the dozens of White House staff members who have already been pushed out by the president. Once “The Donald” has his eyes on you-you better watch out.

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The most recent departure happened on Wednesday when President Trump fired VA Sec. David Shulkin and nominated White House physician Admiral Ronny Jackson to replace him.

“Secretary Shulkin made significant headway in reforming the department, but ultimately became a distraction from the important task of improving healthcare for our veterans,” said Dan Caldwell, head of the group Concerned Veterans for America.

Caldwell reacted to Shulkin’s firing by asking the White House to continue looking for ways to improve its treatment of veterans.

“We are hopeful that this change will end the recent distractions at the VA and put the focus back on advancing policy that will ensure veterans get the healthcare and the benefits they have earned,” said Caldwell. “We look forward to continuing partnering with the White House, Congress, and the future VA Secretary to advance policy that will improve the well-being of our veterans.”

Shulkin believes his dismissal is related to his opposition to the idea of privatizing health care at the VA. “I was not against reforming VA, but I was against privatization,” Shulkin said during an interview with NPR, adding that he is “convinced that privatization is a political issue aimed at rewarding select people and companies with profits, even if it undermines care for veterans.”

Shulkin reacted to his dismissal with an angry op-ed published in The New York Times. 

“As I prepare to leave government, I am struck by a recurring thought: It should not be this hard to serve your country,” he wrote, describing the recent environment in Washington as “toxic, chaotic, disrespectful, and subversive” to the point that doing his job was “impossible.”

Shulkin described his work at the VA as a “professional honor,” but promised to “continue to speak out against those who seek to harm the VA by putting their personal agendas in front of the well-being of our veterans.”

Shulkin, once among Trump’s favorite cabinet members, has worked in the White House since 2013. His reputation plummeted a few months ago when a report from the department’s IG accused him of misusing taxpayer dollars during a trip to Europe in 2017.

“I have been falsely accused of things by people who want me out of the way,” wrote Shulkin. “But despite these politically-backed attacks on me and my family’s character, I am proud of my record and know that I acted with the utmost integrity. Unfortunately, none of that mattered.”

How shocking… a liberal Obama appointee was upset when he was let go by the Trump administration.

What’s actually surprising is how upset the mainstream media is everytime President Trump decides to replace an Obama appointee with his own… is this not the president’s right?

Trump may not be perfect, but the Democrats’ constant upheaval and outrage only hurts their case against Trump in the long run.

Keep crying wolf, it will only guarantee President Trump another term in office.

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    So…..this Shulkin dweeb FAILED to whip the disgraceful VA into shape and he got a pink slip? And, the media as well as democrats in general are upset? Tough ti**y, COMMUNISTS! The ENTIRE obozo-appointed staff in Washington need brain enemas and an unceremonious kick in the pants! It is THEY who continuously plot against President Trump, and plant those “anonymous” fairy tales (Of which I can only IMAGINE how many of THEM are FAIRIES,) and smugly chortle when NYT and WAPO spread the LIES over and over again! Good! “OUT, DAMNED SPOT!”

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    awesome trump is he greatest president ever i say let him have the job for life.
    it might take that long to straighten up the mess the last president made along with the bush’s and ol billy boy.

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    My problem with our president, besides the fact that he’s scares the hell out of me, is all the staff changes he’s made since taking off! Maybe they were Obama appointees, but if they were doing their job, what’s the problem?
    I also take issue with our president appointing his kids to offices in his White House! What political experience do they have? Better yet, what experience did they have BEFORE Daddy took office?

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      Why does President Trump scare you so much? What has he done to do that? That’s just he problem. He has let Obama appointees continue on until they showed their true colors. IMO he should have fired them ALL right away and got past all the Russian stuff AND the leaks. But, better late than never.

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    The constant complaining and whining by the left has tuned me out, they have nothing to say that is not a lie, why waste a minute listening to trash? Our country needs help and all these nincompoops contribute is gasoline on a fire. I am done trying to have intelligent discussions with unarmed leftists. (Aka no intelligence).

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      “Trump may not be perfect” ?
      Yes – just like Hitler, Charles Manson, and serial killers are imperfect.

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        Well, don’t leave out Hil-liar-ly and that whole scenario of unfortunate events that has gone on for over 50 years. Mr. Trump is NOTHING like those psychopaths! He inherited a bunch of losers, fired some right away and let the rest continue to on until their true colors showed. Why not privatize the VA? Good god the government has shown it can’t run it?

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    Give each vet a medicare card and go to who ever they wish. Easy, simple and better.

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      Not really; under the VA system, service connected injuries are fully covered; under Medicare you pay over $110/mo, plus doctor visit & other copays that the VA covers, plus copays for all meds & equipment!
      Choice isn’t an answer either, unless that system is revamped, as it requires pre-approval for coverage each time it’s used & can take a few weeks to acquire that approval.

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        And, I was told, in one instance, that I could have 5 visits to an outside doctor because to authorize more might take appointments away from other vet’s… and if I needed more visits to request them.
        Another thing which bothers me is, it looks like MD’s are being replaced with nurse practitioners and nurses are exhibiting jurisdiction over things they may not be trained to address…….. and there are the always present useless ones, the affirmative action hires…. (you can usually find then hanging out in the cafeteria or lounge…..) the once hired/never fired ones..

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          I have read all of the posted comments to date and, they hit the nail squarely on the head even though, I do not agree with everything said. As a Combat related 100% (Combat Infantry) disabled veteran of 20+ years, I have had much trouble getting to see an MD at the local VA, the non-combat veterans seem to have priority and this is especially true of today’s newly minted vets. I go in to Audiology (I am near deaf with a VA issued Cochlear Device for one ear and a not so good hearing aid in the other) I sometimes find the waiting room containing several active duty military from Fort Hood, Texas occupying chairs! My question for this situation is why can they not be evaluated at the large Fort Hood Army Hospital, there used to be a VA rep. there evaluating people apparently, that’s not the case now.
          I worked for the VA for 7 years as a Counseling Psychologist dealing with so-called addictions and I agree there are many that have life-time jobs and it is almost impossible to fire an incompetent worker! I can attest to the fact that there is also an extremely large case-load for each professional (MD, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Audiologist etc.). Also, if you are a so-called minority you have preference, in many areas, over us non-minorities!

          Nuff Said!!!!

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            Yes, life sucks. But then again, if we weren’t so militarily/arms focused, we wouldn’t have this plethora of issues. I wonder if the ongoing treatment and quality of life costs are factored into the cost of waging war. Probably not.

            All the same, I’m sure the conditions of our veterans are insignificant when compared to those of countries we’ve invaded, like Iraq for example.

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    The Veterans hospital in St.Pete refused to treat me for Hepatitis-C and the Doctor said to me that they were only treating Veterans who have Stage-4 Cirrhosis of the liver. So I went to an outside source, in Sarasota And was given a prescription for the drugs Solviti and Harvoini 12 weeks later No detectable virus. So the stupid doctor at the VA in essence told me wait till I’m in stage four liver cancer before I was put on the list to get these two drugs. What an asshole he should be fired and so should his staff because there was a nurse right there that sided with him as justification for the with drawl or withholding Of a life-saving drug.

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    I had some hopes when Shuilkin took over but little that I saw changed other than the failed attempt to privatized health care, that would be a boon for many but not myself.
    I have found the VA to be “toxic, chaotic, disrespectful, subversive’ and would add adversarial. I am a vet and have been fighting the VA since 1983 for recognition of my Viet Nam service and exposure to Agent Orange from working on c-123’s at Clark AFB, PI. I now have 4 presumptive cancers and some other health issues that are presumptive. We had our 3rd hearing a few weeks ago and did come away from that one optimistic with evidence as overwhelming and extensive as Obama’s “health care” from military records that have been hidden from Nam era vets and many photographs of AO spray c-123’s at Clark AFB, PI in 1965 which the VA insists there were no c-123’s there until 1969. Finally agreed a couple of yrs ago that I was exposed to AO but in the wrong year. This last hearing seemed a little more optimistic.

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    You may well be correct in your comments but just as the consequences of our illegal bombing of other countries is a significant problem in those countries and the families there, so also are the problems we vets have very significant to us because it affects us and our families! It is true our country has become a war mongering country lording it over the smaller and less armed countries, when I joined the Army in 1955 we were not actively at war with anyone unless you count the so-called cold war which, as it turns out, was a joke!

    Nuff Said!!!!

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