Veterans Affairs Nominee Vows Not to Privatize Health Care

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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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