Suzanne Gordon & Jasper Craven

Suzanne Gordon’s latest book is Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans. She is a senior policy fellow at the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute. Jasper Craven is a freelance journalist and a fellow at the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute.

Recent Articles

Trump’s Under-the-Radar Push to Dismantle Veterans Health Care

New legislation threatens to dismantle the most successful American experiment in government-delivered health care. 

The St. Louis VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri L ast June, President Trump signed the VA Mission Act, commonly considered the biggest overhaul of veterans’ health care in a generation. Mission was designed to replace the hastily enacted Veterans Choice Program of 2014, which has made it easier for veterans to get care in the private sector if they lack fast or easy access to care inside the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Choice was a temporary program, one that would offer supplementary private care to veterans while Congress bolstered the VA’s capacity. Yet this work has not happened. Instead, Mission is making permanent the privatizing principles set forth in Choice. The logical conclusion from the Mission is not as its boosters claim, to shore up the VA for the future and create a system that would be “veteran centric,” but to tear down the agency, brick by brick, visit by visit. This strategy will not only erase what has been the most successful American experiment...