Jeremy Mohler

Jeremy Mohler is a writer and communications strategist for In the Public Interest, a nonprofit advocating for democratic control of public goods and services. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, Jacobin, and other publications.

Recent Articles

Privatizing Health Care for Veterans Doesn’t Add Up

Medicaid privatization in Kansas and Iowa show why outsourcing the VA would have tragic, even fatal, consequences.

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File The Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix, Arizona P resident Donald Trump claims he fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin last week to give veterans more health-care choices, saying at an Ohio event, “That's why I made some changes—because I wasn't happy with the speed with which our veterans were taken care of.” But the VA is already experimenting with “choice,” a code word for privatization, with damning results. Add to that the troubles many states are experiencing after privatizing another publicly managed health-care program, Medicaid, and Trump’s rhetoric is exposed for what it really is: ideology. An efficient and well-liked VA upends the free-market dogma being pushed by conservative groups advising the administration, like the Koch-backed Concerned Veterans of America. Veterans and veterans groups have consistently opposed handing it over to private contractors, which has been estimated to potentially double or even triple costs...