Donald Trump is on his way of fulfilling another one of his campaign trail promises by signing an extension Wednesday on an existing health care bill for military veterans that also includes some important expansions.
The Veterans Choice Act is now known as the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act and President Trump said Wednesday that he had been talking about “turning around the V.A. at speeches and rallies for two years and we’re doing that.” With the new law, veterans are able “to see the doctor of their choice and don’t have to wait and travel long distances for V.A. care.”
Trump continued by saying that this “new law is a good start but there is still much work to do and we’ll fight each and every day to deliver the long-awaited reforms our veterans deserve and protect those who so courageously protected each and every one of us.”
The original bill was set to expire in August with a surplus of just under $1 billion in the account.
The president mentioned many people by name in thanking them for helping make this a reality, including one of his frequent critics, Senator John McCain.
It was also announced that there will be a press conference held next week at the White House that will give out more details on what has been done so far and what will be done to make improvements in the Veterans Administration.
H/T: Washington Times
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