VA PUBLIC PRIVATE OPTION

Transition Update
Transition Update

12/28/2016

VIDEO SOURCE: C-SPAN

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 28, 2016
The incoming Donald Trump administration is considering a "public-private option" for military veterans to get health care, a senior aide to the president-elect said on Wednesday. Trump spoke briefly with reporters after a day of meetings, including talks with top health industry officials, but initially left explaining the details — what there were of them — to his staff. Wednesday night, Trump emerged from his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, to speak for himself. "Well, I don't want to see veterans waiting in line for two weeks, and you know, in many cases, they have a minor illness, and it takes so long to see a doctor, it turns out to be a major illness and beyond that. And I don't want to see that anymore. So we'll see what happens ... The doctors were explaining to me today — things that can be taken care of quickly, when you wait too long, it's life-threatening. People are dying. So we're going to fix it properly, not like it's been done over the past, ok?" The official who spoke to reporters in Florida and went unnamed in pool reports emphasized nothing's been decided, but there's "an option on the table to have a system where potentially vets can choose either or, or all private."


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