Email Alert – 7 July 2014: New VA Secretary Nominee Not a Healthcare Expert

A onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of a Fortune 500 consumer products company, Robert McDonald, may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the huge Veterans Affairs Department. Veterans groups worry that the longtime corporate executive, nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the VA, may have trouble adjusting to a far-flung bureaucracy of more than 300,000 employees, where hundreds of hospital directors and other career executives wield great power far from the agency’s Washington headquarters.

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