PRESIDENT OBAMA AGREES TO 15 OF 18 VA HEALTH REFORM PROPOSALS - September 6, 2016
Obama Accepts Most of Panel’s VA Health Reform Proposals, but Rejects Core Changes
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
President Obama has committed to more Veterans Affairs Department reforms, though he rejected several of the core principles of change that a congressionally-chartered commission proposed to better deliver private sector health options to VA care recipients.
Overall, Obama told congressional leadership he agreed with 15 of the Commission on Care’s 18 recommendations. He rejected a proposal to restructure the Veterans Health Administration governance, including the creation of an 11-member board of directors to set the agency’s long-term strategy. Obama said the Justice Department has told him the reform would violate the appointments clause of the Constitution.