President Donald Trump took credit on Tuesday for a veteran’s health care bill signed by the Obama administration during the first official event of his 2020 re-election campaign, according to The Hill.
"We passed VA Choice, You go out now, you get a doctor, you fix yourself up, the doctor sends us the bill, we pay for it. And you know what? It doesn't matter because the life and the veteran is more important, but we also happen to save a lot of money doing that," the president said during his Orlando rally.
"They've been trying to get that passed also for about 44 years," he added.
This is the second time the president has made such claims. During a May 20 rally in Pennsylvania, he said: “We passed VA Choice and VA Accountability to give our veterans the care that they deserve and they have been trying to pass these things for 45 years.”
The bill Trump referred to was signed into law by Obama in 2014 and allowed veterans to obtain primary care outside of Veterans Affairs-managed organizations. It also provided for the VA with additional funding to hire more doctors and nurses.
The Trump administration expanded the bill through the VA Mission proposal, which allows former service members to access private doctors if their wait time exceeded 19 days, or if they have to drive more than 20 minutes to get to the VA facilities, according to the Associated Press.