Skip to comments.Donald Trump Announces David Shulkin As VA Secretary (Obama appointee)
Posted on 01/11/2017 8:54:12 AM PST by NKP_Vet
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The one thing I heard that is being ignored is there is going to be a group of doctors from the finest hospitals in America working with him.
Let’s wait to see what the reasoning is here
Very bad idea. I don’t like this.
Didn’t he also announce the VA will be collaborating with The Cleveland Clinic and also The Mayo Clinic? Sounds like he is working towards a universal coverage for vets.
It would make sense that he would tap a former hospital administrator who can understand budgets and how to disperse funds in an appropriate manner.
Don’t know much about the guy, but although he is an Obama appointee, he was never really in charge. I would reserve judgement until we hear what he plans to do.
Shulkin is an MD and former head of Atlantic health systems. Wiki says:
***Atlantic Health System (AHS) is a not-for-profit private healthcare company that operates hospitals and health care facilities in New Jersey. The president and chief executive of Atlantic Health System is Brian A. Gragnolati, and the chairman of the Board of Trustees is Robert Toohey.
Atlantic Health System received given an “A1” rating by Moody’s Investors Service in 2009.
In 2012, AHS listed 11,624 employees and 3,123 physicians. With 1,315 beds 70,743 admissions were registered.
In 2013, the company was ranked 49th among Fortunes list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.” In 2014 they were listed as 25th, in 2015 they were ranked 39th and in 2016 they were ranked 79th.***
"Its a good choice. Trump knows what he is looking for."
Totally agree with this!
“Any Obama appointee is a very liberal pro abortion, sodomite-loving democrat.”
And just how do you know that? Answer: You don’t! You’re as bad as the RATs at trashing President Trump before he has even taken the oath of office. Personally, I’d privatize the VA in a heartbeat. It is nothing but a government jobs program for worthless trolls who could care less about caring for our veterans. It results in sub-standard care for those of our number, who, because of their service, should be getting the very best of care, and are not.
Good points on the VA position.
President Elect Trump gave an outstanding press conference! I am so proud to have him as OUR president!
I definitely appreciate your concern.
Methinks if Shulkin doesn’t do his job (which I can report), Mr. Trump will fire him.
I am amazed that at this point in time, you all still don’t have any faith that Mr. Trump knows what he’s doing. How about wait and see?
It might work. I’d rather get somebody OUTSIDE the “washington bureaucracy” to run it though.
Better still is to take all the money and give it to the vets as vouchers. let THEM spend it where they CHOOSE to spend it.
I am a vet. I don’t use veteran medical services.
That said, I have learned that many veterans use and are highly satisfied with VA services (from studies, and from several friends), but that some have awful problems with the system.
I am giving Trump the chance to get it fixed. He said he interviewed many people.
Trump probably feels this guy is most knowledgeable, and best qualified to get the job done.
He has appointed a Obama-appointed democrat to run the VA. If you don’t think CNN and MSNBC will use this to say this proves Obama knows what he’s doing you are wrong. Just a terrible pick and you’ll notice the vast majority on this board agree it’s a terrible pick, which means they agree with me, not you. I also speak from experience. I use the VA. I also used to work for the VA. I’ve seen the mismanagement up close and personal.
I concur. Trump knows exactly what he is doing and has to keep his word to maintain his credibility. Give it time.
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?
Its a good choice. Trump knows what he is looking for.
I’ll repeat what you said to help counter the knee jerk responses.
Surprised and disappointed too, but Trump loves the vets.
I do not see these as Trump hanging them out to dry.
If this guy does not meet Trump’s expectations, look for him to be a short timer.
Trump may have picked him because of his knowledge of the system.
Wow! Ye of little faith. Trump has shown excellent judgement so far, this guy may be terrific. While rare, there are some excellent people that come out of the government system.... (and by the way, I was never a Trumpster.)
This guy was nominated amid reports of terrible problems in the VA and approved by a Republican Senate.
He’s clearly qualified, and at the very least a reasonable choice.
Yes, I use the VA.
Drivelous Bull crap
Your opinion is just crap
The Dems would have a cow..................
The problem is The American Legion, The VFW, and Amvets oppose the dissolution of the VA system.
The American Legion is the reason for the creation of the Department of Veteran Affairs. They are fighting privatization because of thier reverence to history.
The problem is the VA has become a bloated bureaucracy. A dumping ground for political appointees and government workers I’m not sure it could ever be cleaned up.
The system, like any big system, there are good places and bad places, good people and bad people. It’s a case by case basis as to who is to be fired..................
I trust Trump to make good picks. I will wait and see how this works out instead of immediately going over the top drama queen on his choice like some appear to have done.
LOL! He knows what he's doing and will get his agenda followed by them. What's with all those who jump at every opportunity to express their "concerns" about Trump?
They are the real disappointments, especially the ones who don't seem to
They are usually referred to as "concern trolls".
From the nominee’s background it appears to me that lots of vets are going to be going to private doctors.
I would hold back judgment on this guy for a while. Trump’s picks for staff seem to be awfully good.
“If you dont think CNN and MSNBC will use this to say this proves Obama knows what hes doing you are wrong. Just a terrible pick and youll notice the vast majority on this board agree its a terrible pick, which means they agree with me, not you. I also speak from experience. I use the VA. I also used to work for the VA. Ive seen the mismanagement up close and personal.”
I don’t care what the MSM will say. It is immaterial to the situation. As far as what others think, I don’t much care about them either. For the most part, it’s “veterans” who don’t like it because the guy isn’t a vet. Lastly, it is telling that you are a former VA employee. You are willing to overlook the fact that the VA is a disgrace and that someone with the experience to manage it has been chosen. This isn’t about whether or not this guy is a conservative, it’s whether or not he has the ability to fix the VA. Personally, I hope he and Trump together close it.
I would add that if you don’t look like or work like a private sector health administrator you are probably gone.
The rate of appointments for VA docs is just 40% of the private sector. That will change.
Don't know the guy yet so can't judge him, but who could fix anything under an idiot like Obama? Plus no second or third string guy ever has power. And before criticism, my son is a disabled vet so I care deeply.
Probably this guy had his hands tied under Obama. I believe Trump wants to do what is right for our Vets. Give him a chance under Trump’s supervision. We need to get the VA out of the hands of the federal government.
Geez people STOP with the knee-jerk reactions.
This is NOT the guy that was in charge for a long time under Obama- he is relatively new- maybe Trump thinks he knows what he is doing.
I trust Trump to pick/keep good people and fire them if they don’t perform.
This guy has been Under Secretary for a year and a half, not the last 8 years. His resume' is impressive...all he's done is run large medical centers and hospitals.
If he doesn't make it happen - "You're Fired"
As I said nothing could be done good for America under Obama so I will trust Trump knowing he can fire as well as hire.
Thank you for that BIO info on this man.
Being the good big government democrat he is Shulkin said last year privatizing parts of the VA would be a “terrible idea.” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-chooses-va-undersecretary-david-shulkin-head-agency-article-1.2943899
Yes, indeed. Shulkin looks to me to be a star.
He quit a $1.3 million leadership position in medicine to take the Under Secretary job at $170K a year.
We should be patient with Trump’s choice here. After all Trump has said about fixing the VA, do you think he would pick someone weak?
And as for choosing a veteran instead, that’s mostly symbolic. Pick competent people who get things done. Sounds a lot like the MSM BS: “Oh, Trump is totally qualified to be President because he was never in government before...” That’s already been proven wrong given what Trump’s done before he’s even been in office.
I would rather have a veteran health and medical expert run the VA — someone with a proven track record in that very complex field.
“We should be patient with Trumps choice here. After all Trump has said about fixing the VA, do you think he would pick someone weak?”
Absolutely! And we should stop with all the armchair quarterbacking before the fact. Those here who pi$$ and moan around about this choice or that for the various positions need to shut their traps until such time as a given appointee actually shows he or she is demonstrably ineffective or some sort of turncoat. Personally, I regard the VA as a boondoggle government jobs program at it’s core, not a hospital system for our veterans. What veterans should be demanding is a healthcare system par excellance, not a place for ill-equipped, unqualified retired military types to glom onto additional retirement benefits and/or pay.
Shulkin had also written something earlier that grabbed Trump’s attention-—about reordering the management of the VA behemoth.
Trump likes people who manage things.
Good intelligence, Liz.
And picking a staffer in the Obama administration proves he’s focused on the best people.
As I scan the stellar cabinet Trump has put together, it’s minus the political hacks. He has chosen some of the most qualified people in the world to run our government.
Imagine how competent and helpful our government will become when political know-nothings are replaced by proven leaders and people of business experience.
It’s another lie of the MSM — degrading business people and praising hacks. They have it 180 degrees wrong.
This new administration is a true victory for all the Free Republic means...
I am willing to wait and see. I am guessing that if the guy does not perform will trump will get rid of him,
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