Veterans Affairs Nominee Vows Not to Privatize Health Care


David J. Shulkin, currently the under secretary overseeing health programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs, testified during his confirmation hearing to lead the department on Wednesday.

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President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, David J. Shulkin, vowed at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to reform — but not privatize — veterans’ health care, potentially putting him at odds with Mr. Trump’s campaign promise to allow all veterans to choose private health care.

“V.A. is a unique national resource that is worth saving,” Dr. Shulkin told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. He added, “The…

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