US Politics in Trump era Public date: 17.01.2020 00:45:43

Increased Privatization of the VA Has Led to Longer Waits and Higher Costs for Taxpayers

For years, conservatives have assailed the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as a dysfunctional bureaucracy. They said private enterprise would mean better, easier-to-access health care for veterans. President Donald Trump embraced that position, enthusiastically moving to expand the private sector's role. Here's what has actually happened in the four years since the government began sending more veterans to private care: longer waits for appointments and, a new analysis of VA claims data by ProPublica and PolitiFact shows, higher costs for taxpayers.
For years, conservatives have assailed the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as a dysfunctional bureaucracy....

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