Will Biden’s New VA Pick Halt Privatization?

Just did this new American Prospect piece with my husband Steve Early.

Will Biden’s Surprise VA Pick Halt the Slide Toward Privatization?

Denis McDonough has a choice: continue the outsourcing of the VA health system, or rebuild its in-house capacity.

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December 18, 2020

Media speculation about Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of veterans affairs followed the expectation that the nominee would be a former military officer, as is customary for the position. This included past or present elected officials—Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, ex–South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former House member Patrick J. Murphy, former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander—who have made their service a key part of their candidate résumés. Also in the running, it seemed, were veterans with experience at the agency during the Obama presidency: former VA Secretary Bob McDonald, or former Deputy Secretary Scott Gould.


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