Donald Trump will deliver a speech on veterans’ health care reform Monday, his latest in a series of prepared remarks aimed at spelling out his proposed policies and convincing reluctant Republicans that he has the discipline and control to mount a credible general election bid against likely rival Hillary Clinton.
Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, will be speaking in Virginia Beach, Virginia, not far from the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, where he first unveiled his plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs last October, promising to modernize the system, while also minimizing the long wait times for patients and improving care.
“The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs is absolutely unacceptable,” read the plan that Trump unveiled last fall. “The guiding principle of the Trump plan is ensuring veterans have convenient access to the best quality care.”
Under the plan he unveiled then, eligible veterans would be able to bring their veterans’ identification cards to any private doctor or facility that accepts Medicare and be given immediate treatment. The change, he argued, would help improve wait times and services by adding competition.
“The plan will ensure our veterans get the care they need whenever and wherever they need it,” Trump proclaimed.
In his plan, Trump had spoke with some Republicans who’d called for privatizing the VA in the wake of the 2014 scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records by VA employees to cover up the delays. “Some candidates want to get rid of it, but our veterans need the VA to be there for them and their families,” he said. A month ago, Trump unveiled how much he has donated to veterans groups after being accused by the liberal media of false rhetoric. And by these donations, the numbers are huge.