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Donald Trump Announces David Shulkin As VA Secretary (Obama appointee)
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2017/01/11/donald-trump-anounces-david-shulkin-as-va ^ | January 11, 2017 | Christine Rousselle

Posted on 01/11/2017 8:54:12 AM PST by NKP_Vet

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick for VA Secretary, the final missing piece of his cabinet. Trump has picked David Shulkin, the current Under Secretary for Health for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

If Shulkin is confirmed, he will be the first non-veteran to serve as VA Secretary. Shulkin has served as undersecretary since June 2015. He was previously was the chief executive of many hospital systems.

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TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: shulkin; trumpcabinet; trumpveterans; veterans
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So it looks like Trump's tough talking about cleaning up the VA system was all a bunch of BS. He nominates the current Under Secretary of the VA to head the VA. An Obama flunkie. There goes the "world's greatest cabinet". Hope like hell this character does not get confirmed. Never served in the military in his life. Just another Obama supporter.
1 posted on 01/11/2017 8:54:12 AM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

WTH?.........................


2 posted on 01/11/2017 8:56:09 AM PST by Red Badger (If "Majority Rule" was so important in South Africa, why isn't it that way here?............)
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To: NKP_Vet

He appointed a swamp monster to drain the swamp? Not cool, especially for all that tough talk about doing the right thing for our vets.


3 posted on 01/11/2017 8:56:30 AM PST by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: NKP_Vet

“So it looks like Trump’s tough talking about cleaning up the VA system was all a bunch of BS. He nominates the current Under Secretary of the VA to head the VA. An Obama flunkie.”

Yes, this is very disappointing. The VA is such a mess that anyone involved in running it currently should be ousted.

If Trump is truly going to “drain the swamp”, he can’t have any 0bama appointees staying around.


4 posted on 01/11/2017 8:56:36 AM PST by Angels27
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To: NKP_Vet
...President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick for VA Secretary, the final missing piece of his cabinet.

I think he's still looking for an Agriculture secretary, isn't he?

5 posted on 01/11/2017 8:56:38 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: NKP_Vet

“So it looks like Trump’s tough talking about cleaning up the VA system was all a bunch of BS. He nominates the current Under Secretary of the VA to head the VA. An Obama flunkie.”

Yes, this is very disappointing. The VA is such a mess that anyone involved in running it currently should be ousted.

If Trump is truly going to “drain the swamp”, he can’t have any 0bama appointees staying around.


6 posted on 01/11/2017 8:56:42 AM PST by Angels27
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To: NKP_Vet

This and RFK Jr. seem to be the 2 skunks at this party.


7 posted on 01/11/2017 8:57:14 AM PST by G Larry (Pretending Podesta's e-mail are "The American Election System" is nonsense.)
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To: NKP_Vet

Can somebody tell me how this can possibly be a good thing? Based on what little I know about this I’m surprised and disappointed.


8 posted on 01/11/2017 8:58:26 AM PST by clintonh8r (AMERICA! THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY SCREEN NAME OBSOLETE!)
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To: NKP_Vet

Not a veteran. I don’t think that will go over very well.


9 posted on 01/11/2017 8:58:33 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: NKP_Vet

Why?? WTF?? There has to be more to this than a “simple selection”...???


10 posted on 01/11/2017 8:59:01 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: G Larry

RFK Jr. is part of the cabinet?


11 posted on 01/11/2017 8:59:31 AM PST by proust (Trump / Pence 2016!)
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To: NohSpinZone

Vets will continue to suffer because Trump picked an Obama flunkie as a fig leaf to the democrats. Veterans should be outraged over this nonsense.


12 posted on 01/11/2017 9:00:24 AM PST by NKP_Vet (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle,stand like a rock ~ T, Jefferson)
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To: EagleUSA

I read somewhere a ways back that there was a faction of vets who wanted to hang in there with the current VA guy...they were not getting support for Trumps picks...


13 posted on 01/11/2017 9:01:16 AM PST by magna carta
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To: NKP_Vet

Well, he is a MD, so that’s something...................


14 posted on 01/11/2017 9:04:22 AM PST by Red Badger (If "Majority Rule" was so important in South Africa, why isn't it that way here?............)
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To: NKP_Vet

I figure it’s a give the dogs a bone strat and then fire his arse once he takes his place in the WH. A little heat diversion if you ask me.


15 posted on 01/11/2017 9:05:09 AM PST by Harpotoo
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To: NohSpinZone

If you’re going to get upset about swamp monsters, i’d start with the goldman sachs guy at treasury first. as important as VA is, it’s small potatoes compared to what treasury can/will do.


16 posted on 01/11/2017 9:06:47 AM PST by socalgop
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We’ll have to see what this guy does...If nothing, then can his azz....


17 posted on 01/11/2017 9:07:19 AM PST by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: NKP_Vet

ROFLMAO! Maybe he heard something from this guy that he liked. The under Secretary knows how things run and what was wrong. Sometimes the second or third in charge are the best to change things.


18 posted on 01/11/2017 9:07:23 AM PST by Hildy
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To: NohSpinZone

Is there ANY chance that as “under secretary” he didn’t have the power to make real change and now will?

I’m not a vet and I would work day and night to make their lives better if I worked for the VA.


19 posted on 01/11/2017 9:07:52 AM PST by dp0622 (The only thing an upper crust conservative hates more than a liberal is a middle class conservative)
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To: NKP_Vet

The head guy got fired.

That’s the start.

This guy can immediately perform.....if he wants to.

If not.....out the door with him.

It’s going to be tough to find the right person to run the VA.

The Democrats were smart.

The VA is their money maker.

They could care less about stealing from the Veterans.

But, there are a lot of people who appreciate the Veterans.

They want the government to treat them fairly, and the Democrat thieves hide behind that cover.

The VA bureaucrats ARE organized crime.

I’m not exaggerating.

They aren’t Mafia, but they are organized crime.

It’s going to take a special person to clean up the VA.

Fearless. Not afraid of the Democrats, the press or the bureaucrats and their lawyers.


20 posted on 01/11/2017 9:08:00 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: NohSpinZone

From WIKI:

Career

He used to be the President and Chief Executive Officer of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He also served as President of Morristown Medical Center and the Atlantic Health System accountable Care Organization. He received a BA from Hampshire College in 1982, and a MD degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1986; he then did his internship at Yale School of Medicine, and his residency and fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center.

He has been Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital.

His other academic positions have included Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University College of Medicine, and Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Shulkin has been the editor of Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and Hospital Physician, and has been on the editorial boards of several journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association. He founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, Inc a consumer-oriented information service.

On January 11, 2017, Shulkin was selected by President-elect Trump as Secretary of Veterans Affairs pending Senate confirmation.[1]
Honors

Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute in Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
National Health Policy Fellow, U.S. Senate Committee on Aging
Named one of the country’s top Health care leaders for the next century by Modern Healthcare,[2]
Ranked as International Leader in Health Care Award by the Healthcare Forum.[3]
Named One of the Hundred Most Powerful in Healthcare (ranked #86) by Modern Healthcare (2008).[citation needed]


21 posted on 01/11/2017 9:08:09 AM PST by Red Badger (If "Majority Rule" was so important in South Africa, why isn't it that way here?............)
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To: Hildy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Shulkin


22 posted on 01/11/2017 9:08:55 AM PST by Red Badger (If "Majority Rule" was so important in South Africa, why isn't it that way here?............)
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To: NKP_Vet

I cannot imagine an obama appointee worthy of this position


23 posted on 01/11/2017 9:09:01 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: EagleUSA; All

Could it be a precursor to privatising the VA. This has been alluded to Trump thinking on the matter. This jerk with his background might be a good choice if this is the case.

Still, I have to agree that it is a disappointment.


24 posted on 01/11/2017 9:09:35 AM PST by x1stcav (Leftism is like rust: It corrodes 24 hours a day until eradicated.)
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Republicans may vote this one down in congress. Trump better have another pick in his back pocket ready to go. Better yet once Trump gets an ear-full he may back out. We’ll see.


25 posted on 01/11/2017 9:10:30 AM PST by USCG SimTech
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To: DoodleDawg
I think he's still looking for an Agriculture secretary, isn't he?

I heard his top pick was Fred Ziffel.


26 posted on 01/11/2017 9:11:39 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: DoodleDawg

“Not a veteran. I don’t think that will go over very well.”

It does not go over well with this one.


27 posted on 01/11/2017 9:12:20 AM PST by ConsCA
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To: proust

Almost

>http://time.com/4630675/robert-f-kennedy-jr-donald-trump-vaccines/<

RFK Jr. as Vaccine Czar


28 posted on 01/11/2017 9:12:30 AM PST by G Larry (Pretending Podesta's e-mail are "The American Election System" is nonsense.)
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To: USCG SimTech

“Republicans may vote this one down in congress.”

Why? Obama Appointees always pass with flying colors. Why stop now?


29 posted on 01/11/2017 9:12:31 AM PST by proust (Trump / Pence 2016!)
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To: G Larry

“RFK Jr. as Vaccine Czar”

Keep spreading that fake news. He met with Gore too so I guess Gore is almost his Climate Czar.


30 posted on 01/11/2017 9:13:27 AM PST by proust (Trump / Pence 2016!)
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To: NKP_Vet

I have no clue what the play is, but perhaps this is a way to shut down the VA and replace it along with all its staff.

Maybe he needs someone in a visible position who he can fire?

Just some guesses.


31 posted on 01/11/2017 9:15:20 AM PST by generally ( Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: NKP_Vet

Why wasn’t Scott Brown considered? I thought he actually wanted the position.


32 posted on 01/11/2017 9:15:21 AM PST by Navin Johnson
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To: USMCPOP

The guy is a hospital administrator from the private sector. He knows and understands budgets, personnel and how “private” hospitals run. If you want to move away from a government run entity who better than someone who is a private sector admin who got to see the fustercluck going on in the VA?

It’s a good choice. Trump knows what he is looking for.


33 posted on 01/11/2017 9:15:55 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Too. Much. Winning.)
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He was previously was the chief executive of many hospital systems.

Isn't that some of what we've all been looking for in the VA?

Trump has made exclusive promises with respect to the receipt and care of our vets. I'm willing to trust this call. If it doesn't fly, then I expect hell itself to come forward.

34 posted on 01/11/2017 9:16:49 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Navin Johnson

He really would have been good. Not sure what happened.


35 posted on 01/11/2017 9:17:19 AM PST by proust (Trump / Pence 2016!)
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To: x1stcav

Any Obama appointee is a very liberal pro abortion, sodomite-loving democrat. Trump could have left the toothpaste salesman in charge until he found a qualified republican nominee. But he plays politics with vets by trying to make the dems happy by doing nothing about the VA mess.


36 posted on 01/11/2017 9:17:19 AM PST by NKP_Vet (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle,stand like a rock ~ T, Jefferson)
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To: DoodleDawg
Not a veteran. I don’t think that will go over very well.

Yeah, since the veterans who have been in charge have done such a great job.

37 posted on 01/11/2017 9:17:50 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: proust

“Trump had called and offered him the job and he had accepted.”

What are you calling “fake”?


38 posted on 01/11/2017 9:19:07 AM PST by G Larry (Pretending Podesta's e-mail are "The American Election System" is nonsense.)
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To: proust

I’m a veteran..I say we wait and see what this guy does...Trump must’ve had good reasons for this move...If he doesn’t work out, can his azz...


39 posted on 01/11/2017 9:19:31 AM PST by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: NKP_Vet

I think the prudent course of action would be to wait and see how this turd works out. I’ve got a lot of faith in Trump’s judgement and instincts.

Hope you’re wrong, but we’ll see.


40 posted on 01/11/2017 9:20:05 AM PST by x1stcav (Leftism is like rust: It corrodes 24 hours a day until eradicated.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

“The guy is a hospital administrator from the private sector. He knows and understands budgets, personnel and how “private” hospitals run. If you want to move away from a government run entity who better than someone who is a private sector admin who got to see the fustercluck going on in the VA?

It’s a good choice. Trump knows what he is looking for.”

Why wasn’t he fixing things under Obama?


41 posted on 01/11/2017 9:20:13 AM PST by TakebackGOP
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To: Red Badger; NKP_Vet

I’m very impressed with his credentials. Those are top-notch institutions. Trump hires on merit. Let’s give the doctor a chance.


42 posted on 01/11/2017 9:21:31 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: proust

I believe it is good to meet with people with opposing views when establishing policy. If for nothing else, you arm yourself with information helpful to defeating their opposition tactics.


43 posted on 01/11/2017 9:23:50 AM PST by Rusty0604 (bc)
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To: NKP_Vet

Disagree. He picked a CEO of a health care corporation and empowered him to change the system.

I don’t want a politician. I want an expert in massive hospital organizations that had to make a profit.


44 posted on 01/11/2017 9:24:46 AM PST by xzins (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.)
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To: NKP_Vet

Trump’s cabinet has either been red hot or ice cold...

Not digging the ice cold.


45 posted on 01/11/2017 9:25:19 AM PST by JenB987 (#NeverHillary)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, let him prove his worth..................


46 posted on 01/11/2017 9:25:53 AM PST by Red Badger (If "Majority Rule" was so important in South Africa, why isn't it that way here?............)
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To: NKP_Vet

This has the appearance of a deal.


47 posted on 01/11/2017 9:26:24 AM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: NKP_Vet

President-Elect Trump is first and foremost a business man. He expects results. If he does not get them to his satisfaction, he will hire someone to deliver them. If this current nominee does not, he will be out the door.


48 posted on 01/11/2017 9:26:33 AM PST by bigredkitty1 (March 5, 2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: JBW1949

Exactly. He has some impressive creds.

Semper fi.................


49 posted on 01/11/2017 9:27:50 AM PST by Red Badger (If "Majority Rule" was so important in South Africa, why isn't it that way here?............)
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To: Angels27

“So it looks like Trump’s tough talking about cleaning up the VA system was all a bunch of BS. “

So what’s really BS here is your comment. You have no idea what Trump’s planning and you don’t really know anything substantive about the appointee, so in truth, you’re just another John McLame pi$$ing on everyone’s leg. It may well be that this guy is a star who has been kept from making changes because of his boss. As for his not having appointed a “military person” to head the VA, I completely agree with his decision. It isn’t enough to want to care for our veterans, we need to have someone who has the skill set to actually fix what’s broken at the VA. Just how “effective” was General Eric $hitsticki? Answer: he was a disaster.


50 posted on 01/11/2017 9:28:14 AM PST by vette6387
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