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Democrats in Congress are fighting back against Trump’s plan to privatize elements of the Veterans Administration

Democrats in Congress are fighting back against Trump’s plan to privatize elements of the Veterans Administration. “Democrats now in charge in the House are resisting. They say proposed rules on when veterans could go outside VA are too lenient and would damage the government system — a long-held fear of Democrats who worry that union jobs will be siphoned off and the government system dismantled. (…) Democrats and some veterans groups have accused Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie of leaving them out of planning. ‘They profess to be against privatization,’ said Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), who ascended to chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee in January, ‘but by default, we will see privatization happen under our very noses.’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has raised alarms for months that the policy lacks a ‘sustainable funding source.’”

The governor of Alaska has privatized the state’s only publically-run psychiatric hospital

The Republican governor of Alaska has abruptly privatized the state’s only publically-run psychiatric hospital. “‘I am rising today to express grave concern over what is happening at our psychiatric institute,” Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) said on the Senate floor. ‘I’m concerned when I see a company whose objective is to make money come in. They have incentives… to treat patients in a way that monetizes that treatment and makes money for the company, as opposed to taking care of the patients and helping them get better.’”

Source: AK Ledger

A call for a new era of change and warn against the dangers of privatization

National Nurses United (NNU) Executive Director Bonnie Castillo joined with the U.K. Labour Party “call for a new era of change and warn against the dangers of privatization of public social services. Nurses are building strong allies in the U.K. and across the globe in our fight for guaranteed healthcare!” Castillo, “the executive director of the NNU, one of the country’s biggest and most politically outspoken unions, said making international connections was hugely important to the movement, especially making the case against privatised healthcare.”

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