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What is Privatization?

Nobody can seem to agree on a definition of privatization. But as the VA Mission Act is implemented, many veterans and organizations that represent them are concerned about the future of the Veterans Health Administration. Here’s your privatization primer.


The Latest:

House Hearing on VA MISSION Act Implementation

 VA Sec. Robert Wilkie and House VA Committee Chair Rep. Phil Roe.   From the HVAC Facebook page.

VA Sec. Robert Wilkie and House VA Committee Chair Rep. Phil Roe. From the HVAC Facebook page.

Who: House Veterans Affairs Committee
When: December 6 at 10 a.m. ET
What: Hearing on “Tracking Transformation: VA MISSION Act Implementation”

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More Info: House Veterans Affairs Committee Website
Critical Questions: Read VHPI’s Analysis of Quality Standard Gaps
Background: Lowering the Bar for Private Providers


Key News:

Articles that explain veterans health care privatization.

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Expanding Private Care

ProPublica reports on the long-term privatization efforts by high-ranking Trump Administration officials and corporate lobbyists. Read more >>

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facility closures?

VHPI’s Senior Fellow Russell Lemle reports on the AIR Act’s potential fallout for veterans healthcare. Read more >>

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What could be lost

VHPI Senior Fellow Suzanne Gordon writes in The New York Times about privatization’s potential impact on non-veterans. Read more >>


Defined:

[Privatization is] any shift of activities or functions from the state to the private sector; any shift of production of goods and service from public to private.”
— Paul Starr, Yale Law & Policy Review (1988)

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