New VA secretary nominee not a health care expert

by Rachel Baker on July 2, 2014

I’m not sure it matters if the guy (we never think woman, do we?) in charge of the Veterans Administration, as a whole, has health care experience; as long as he hires someone who has vast knowledge and is in fact considered an expert in running a healthcare system similar to something like the VA healthcare. …because ultimately, the person in charge of the VA has to be able to juggle all the areas and industries the VA encompasses; otherwise healthcare gets fixed, but the other things decrease in effectiveness for veterans.

I know vet groups are a little concerned about this nominee, and frankly, I was until I sat down to start writing this. I’m most interested to see what his first moves are if the nominee is accepted. With the way this Congress works, I’d be surprised if this nomination even makes it through – unless of course, John McCain likes him and accepts him (and then, sadly, one would have to ask how much campaign funding did he recieve from the nominee back when he was running for president).

Veterans groups worry that the longtime corporate executive, nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the VA, may have trouble adjusting to a far-flung bureaucracy of more than 300,000 employees, where hundreds of hospital directors and other career executives wield great power far from the agency’s Washington headquarters.

“Procter & Gamble is going to feel like a Ferrari compared to the VA,” said Paul Rieckhoff, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

A year after he was forced out as P&G’s CEO, McDonald, 61, was tapped by Obama this week to overhaul an agency reeling from revelations of widespread treatment delays and falsified records to cover up months-long waits for appointments.

Here’s the Article:
New VA secretary nominee not a health care expert

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