Shulkin is shuck off

The Secretary for the US Department of Veteran Affairs has been fired. Or resigned. That seems to be a point of contention. Aaaaanyway, David Shulkin is best known for taking charge of the department in 2015 after a scandal that exposed false record-keeping and wait times of over 115 days for veterans to get an initial primary care appointment. More recently he’s been pushing for the use of private health care in the VA system for routine things like getting hearing aids. But while he’s a fan of private-sector coordination he’s really against full on privatization, at least according to his NYT editorial published after his elective/non-elective dismissal. President Donald Trump has nominated White House head physician Ronny Jackson to take Shulkin’s place at the head of the VA’s 370,000 employees.