Donald Trump has proposed very little in terms of policy beyond building a “beautiful wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border during his quixotic quest for the White House, but as the billionaire real estate mogul begins to lose ground in state and national polls, he is unveiling a plan aimed at reforming the Veteran’s Administration.
Under Trump’s plan, veterans would be able to receive care from any provider that accepts Medicare. He also promised that all VA hospitals would be staffed with OBGYNs to care for the increasing numbers of female veterans.
“The plan will ensure our veterans get the care they need whenever and wherever they need it,” he said, according to the AP.
At a rally announcing the plan, Trump also criticized opponent Ben Carson, pointing out that the retired neurosurgeon who now leads the GOP pack in some polls wants to get rid of Medicare. Carson recently said he would support replacing Medicare and Medicaid with savings accounts, to which the government would contribute $2,000 a year.
It is rare for Republicans to attack other Republicans for wanting to overhaul or get rid of entitlement programs. That is typically an attack the GOP nominee anticipates from Democrats in the general election.
However, Trump, whose loyalty to the Republican Party is murky, at best, has not abided by many of the traditional ideological constraints of partisan politics. He has called for higher taxes on the rich, tighter trade restrictions and lambasted a pharmaceutical company for exponentially raising the price of a life-saving drug.