I’d almost say that it was welcome news that there rumors are circulating regarding the fate of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. I say welcome because I know that the VA is broken and just like every VA Secretary in the last decade it has been more talking a big game than following through. I myself am a veteran and while I understand the many benefits afforded me through the VA, talk is cheap.
According to the AP:
President Donald Trump is planning to oust embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin amid an extraordinary rebellion at the agency and damaging government investigations into his alleged spending abuses.
The continued plan for fixing VA is to throw more and more money at the problem. Not once has that worked. The problem is a deeply embedded cultural malfeasance. There have been many stories about secret appointment lists, providers who don’t care, and wild spending by agency officials.
Topping it all off is the recent report that Shulkin spent taxpayer money to take his wife to Europe and used his staff to try and it cover it up. He was also accused of receiving tickets to Wimbledon.
I don’t believe in firing Shulkin just because he was hired by the last administration. However, with the above scandals hanging above his head and the lack of positive change in VA, he should be removed. If he is fired, the next person should be willing to clean house. Like every other government bureaucracy, changing the culture won’t be easy but it must be done.