Following the abrupt dismissal of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin via Twitter, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) had sent letters to Congress opposing privatization efforts already underway.
In a New York Times editorial column following his ouster, Shulkin wrote that “I am convinced that privatization is a political issue aimed at rewarding select people and companies with profits, even if it undermines care for veterans.” Shulkin went on to say that Capitol Hill insiders with close ties to the faux veterans’ service organization Concerned Veterans for America, “saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed.”
When President Trump declared his intention to replace the only unanimous selection of his cabinet with the lesser-known Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, veterans and VA employees were incredibly worried. Jackson, who rose to prominence in January for his effusive report on the President’s health, offered no information about where he stands on privatization of the VA – something that concerns veterans service organizations.
His downfall was fueled by a laundry list of serious … allegations from nearly two dozen current and former colleagues …”