01 Feb '17, 3pm

David Shulkin, Trump's pick to head the VA, rejects radical change to fix agency

WASHINGTON — President Trump's pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs is promising to meet veterans' health care needs and says dismantling the beleaguered agency or making wide-scale firings isn't the answer. During the campaign, Trump described the VA as "the most corrupt" and "probably the most incompetently run" of all federal agencies. But as nominee David Shulkin, the VA's top health official, prepared for a Senate hearing Wednesday, the 57-year-old physician was suggesting more modest changes. He was expected to face tough questioning about any plans to work more closely with the private sector and about a persistent backlog in processing disability claims. "VA is a unique national resource that is worth saving, and I am committed to doing just that," Shulkin said in prepared remarks obtained by Associated Press. "There will be far greater accountability, d...

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