Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who sickeningly praised Donald Trump for his allegedly superior health and mental fitness, is expected to slavishly push his master’s quest to privatize health services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) as its new Secretary. That is, if the doctor nominee survives the brutal confirmation process from skeptical Senators.
The Trump sycophant and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral has had his mental health questioned because of his unbelievably glowing — some say unhinged — appraisal of Trump’s health last January. Trump is an obese man whose diet consists mostly of fast food from MacDonald’s but this didn’t stop Dr. Jackson from giving Trump an unbelievably clean bill of health.
During that White House press conference, Dr. Jackson said of Trump: “The president’s overall health is excellent,” repeating “excellent” eight times. “Hands down, there’s no question that he is in the excellent range … I put out in the statement that the president’s health is excellent, because his overall health is excellent … Overall, he has very, very good health. Excellent health.”
“Incredible cardiac fitness,” was Dr. Jackson’s professional opinion of Trump’s health. “He has incredible genes … He has incredibly good genes, and it’s just the way God made him.” In addition to these bootlicker statements, Dr. Jackson said Trump is “very sharp, and he’s very articulate … Very, very sharp, very intact … Absolutely no cognitive or mental issues whatsoever …The president did exceedingly well.”
The doctor said that “if he (Trump) had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old.” Dr. Jackson even praised Trump’s habit of sleeping only four or five hours a night as “probably one of the reasons why he’s been successful.” And as for Trump’s couch-potato tendencies, “He can watch as much TV as he wants.”
It is this slavish and unthinking courtier Trump has nominated to lead the V.A., the second largest bureaucracy in the federal government, and one of the most crisis ridden. Although a Navy admiral, Dr. Jackson has no management experience whatever, and has not led a team during his entire Navy career.
Trump praised Jackson as “highly trained and qualified.” Observers have pointed out that the hiring of Jackson is part of Trump’s ongoing push to load his inner circle with “Yes Men” and cronies who will be loath to disagree with him. Speculation still abounds that Chief of Staff John Kelly will soon depart. His replacement: Trump himself.
The chance of Dr. Jackson surviving what is expected to be a brutal Senate confirmation hearing is remote, however.
Shulkin was fired by Trump because the V.A.’s internal watchdog said he had improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and that his former chief-of staff-had doctored emails to justify his wife traveling to Europe with him at taxpayer expense.
In an op-ed published after his departure, Shulkin warned against Trump’s desire to privatize the V.A. He said advocates within the administration for privatizing V.A. health services “saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed. That is because I am convinced that privatization is a political issue aimed at rewarding select people and companies with profits, even if it undermines care for veterans.”
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