Donald Trump broadly outlined his plan to improve services for America’s veterans yesterday. As the Hill reports:
President-elect Donald Trump is considering a “public-private option” for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a transition team official said Wednesday.
“We think we have to have kind of a … public-private option because some vets love the VA … some vets want to go to the VA,” a senior transition official told reporters, according to pool reports.
“So, the idea is to come up with a solution that solves the problem. And it’s not the easiest thing in the world because you’ve got all these little kingdoms out there, which is hard,” the senior official continued.
“You know, in the federal government it’s hard to break things up and start over. So, those are the types of things that people are talking about.”
A public private option could be a step in the right direction. Here’s the thing: the purpose of the Veteran’s Administration is to provide healthcare to veterans. It’s not to provide jobs to lifetime bureaucrats. If outsourcing portions of veteran’s care to private companies is what it takes to help our veterans get the timely, critical care they need, you do it. End of story.