Trump Lists Vets Bill As 2019 Accomplishment. But Obama Signed It Into Law.

on August 7, 2014 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
FORT BELVOIR, VA - AUGUST 07: Flanked by congressional members, (L-R) Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME), and Rep. Jeff ... FORT BELVOIR, VA - AUGUST 07: Flanked by congressional members, (L-R) Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME), and Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a signing ceremony for H.R. 3230 August 7, 2014 at Wallace Theater in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. President Obama has signed the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 into law. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
|
January 2, 2020 10:57 a.m.
JOIN TPM FOR JUST $1

President Trump rounded out the year by posting about his “greatest honors” of 2019 on Twitter.

But one of the items he listed as an accomplishment was actually a veterans’ health care bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama.

As the Associated Press points out, the Veterans Choice Act was sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and was signed into law by Obama during his second term.

To be fair, Trump did grow eligibility for the program by decreasing the amount of time a veteran has to wait before being allowed to see a private doctor. Under the Sanders-McCain bill, veterans had to wait 30 days before seeking private help if the VA was full. Now they can seek private help if the wait is more than 20 days or a VA facility is more than 30 minutes away.

h/t The Week

Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporter:
Senior Newswriter:
Newswriters:
Editor at Large:
General Manager & General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: