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Brown Says His Vote on Jackson Will Depend on His Stance on Privatizing VA Care

Sherrod Brown says the investment was justified from the 1940s, on.
Sherrod Brown says the investment was justified from the 1940s, on.

Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown hasn’t decided whether he will vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee for VA  secretary. The Ohio Democrat sits on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs committee, which could hold hearings on Dr. Ronny Jackson’s nomination as early as next week. 

Sherrod Brown says the investment was justified from the 1940s, on.
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Brown says privatizing VA healthcare will diminish a systems vets count on.

Brown met with Jackson Tuesday to discuss attempts to privatize health care for veterans. Brown says privatizing isn't the answer

In his meeting with Jackson, Brown says he encouraged the VA nominee to oppose health care privatization, which would outsource more veteran care into the private sector. The VA has relied on some level of community care to help treat its 9 million members, mainly to cut down on long wait times and provide care for vets who don't have easy access to a VA facility.  But Brown says a push for more privatization would ultimately harm veterans. "We know we have work to do to improve the VA, but privatizing isn’t the answer. It would deprive veterans of the best possible care, it would hurt employees of the VA, and it would line the pockets of private corporations."  Brown noted that Jackson agreed to oppose privatization in their meeting. The VA provides veteran care at some 1,240 health care facilities in the U.S., including more than 40 in Ohio.  

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