Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says he was forced out of President Donald Trump’s administration because he did not support privatization of military health care.
“They saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed,” Shulkin writes in aNew York Times op-ed. “That is because 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 was fired on Wednesday as Trump nominated White House physician, Dr. Ronnie Jackson, to replace him.
He argued that the private sector was not sufficient to provide care for veterans and that privatizing the agency would hurt existing military hospitals.