Donald Trump’s transition team said he is set to begin privatizing the Department of Veteran’s Affairs after he becomes president, a plan that would hurt soldiers by decreasing the quality of their care.
An official with Trump’s transition team indicated to Marketwatch that some veterans would now be steered towards private care providers, bypassing the VA system of doctors and hospitals. The official told them the plan is “an option on the table to have a system where potentially vets can choose either or, or all private.”
Veterans groups have repeatedly said they would oppose privatizing the system.
American Legion Executive Director Verna Jones previously said, “The American Legion absolutely opposes privatization. We strongly advocate for a healthy VA health care system for veterans.” In addition to the Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America and American Veterans met with Trump earlier in December — and all said they opposed privatization.