VA Secretary Accepts His Firing

Former VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin showed support to President Trump’s decisions and dissatisfaction with the way the VA is operated. He also stated Trump “has the right to have the secretary that he wants with him.”

Shulkin stated, “I think we heard today from the president that he wasn’t happy with the pace. And, you know, I agree with the president. This is an organization that needs to change. It needs to do better at its job and we all want to do it faster and better because it’s so important to the country. And I think the president has the right to have the secretary that he wants with him.”

“I was part of the administration until yesterday, we are not trying to privatize the VA. We are trying to improve and transform the VA. What I said in my editorial is that there are a number of political appointees within VA that are pushing to privatize much faster than I think is in the interest of veterans and is the safe way to care for our veterans, and I’ve stood up for them.”

“I don’t think the president should be happy with where we were, and as secretary, I wasn’t happy with where we were. We have to figure out how to move this bureaucracy faster and be more responsive. … So, this is a system that needs to be pushed. Many of the bureaucratic elements need to be restructured. I’ve started that process. I hope that Dr. Jackson will continue that process because it needs to be done.”

  • ncpaul

    Yes… the need to move faster would be an improvement. It took you a week to accept you were fired – for moving too slowly.

    • Jest3

      As a health care professional, I did a six month rotational internship at VA hospital. I did not apply to work there because their wages was about 15-20 per cent lower than other hospitals in the area.

      • ncpaul

        Not surprising. I think most of us grew up think government jobs paid less – but boy has that changed in the past 10-15 years. Most government workers are not only the most incompetent in the country but the highest paid as well.

        The VA has no business existing. Military Veterans should be cared for in the private system just like everyone else – except their care is paid by Uncle Sam – the same as Medicaid. Gone will be the layers of middle management that does little more than collect a paycheck.

      • Jarhead

        In an AZ VA Hospital, where 40 Vets died from delayed care the going rate is OVER 2 times the local salary for identical work.

  • Dennis Broussard Sr.

    The former Sec of VA sounds like a good solid American Patriot should sound. He tried to change system as is Pres Trump in Wash but like Trump got caught up in bureacricy. I’m glad to see he is displeased but not disjointed from the Pres team. He took his firing like a man!! He sounds like a real man not too bitter and hoping best for new Sec and our vets. Good luck in your new endeavors !!

  • Jest3

    Congress needs to provide adequate funding to VA hospitals.

    • Jarhead

      You JEST? Throwing more money at a failed enterprise is not the answer…..Many VA employees are paid over double the local going rate, enjoy huge perks, cannot be fired (OR arrested?), are inept, Unionized Affirmative Action hires, without proper management control or supervision.

      • Jest3

        Ops, see my reply under ncpaul

  • Sharon Krotts

    Good attitude. Shows character! We wish you the best…

  • Jarhead

    The VA is so corrupt and so lacking in proper management skills that just changing the top dog is not going to change anything……the VA must be defunded, all assets sold and the Disabled Veterans issued a Health Credit Card so they can finally receive speedy, quality, near home health care.