Ben Carson Proposes VA Reforms

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson offered a preview of his plans to reform the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs in an op-ed in USA Today on Monday.

The retired neurosurgeon said he has seen from the inside the problems veterans face trying to get healthcare during his years as a medical student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and later in Baltimore.

Carson said the Veterans Health Administration, which provides healthcare for the VA, should be eliminated “to forge a 21st century veterans’ health care solution.”

He promised more details for his plan in coming months, but outlined changes that require immediate action:

  • Offer choice, including Health Savings Accounts, to allow veterans to get medical care at nearby DOD, VA or civilian hospitals.