image description U.S. CONGRESSMAN JOE WILSON | Serving South Carolina’s Second District

Press Release

Wilson Leading Charge Against "Military Health Care Czar"

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Washington, Mar 17, 2011 | Neal Patel (202-731-6987) | comments

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after holding a press conference denouncing the newly appointed health care position created to oversee and evaluate the state of the current military health care system.

“Recent measures taken by the Department of Defense seek to highlight efficiencies in the military health care system. I am yet to see the need for creating a brand new duplicative health care position at taxpayers’ expense. Such a position directly contradicts the purpose of the measures put forth by the Department of Defense. This appointed position would epitomize the type of waste the military is seeking to eliminate rather than encourage.  

My feelings supporting this point of view are very strong. I, along with other Members of the Military Personnel Subcommittee,  have written a letter to Dr. Clifford Stanley, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, respectfully requesting to immediately eliminate this position.    

My goal is to work with the Department of Defense in finding efficiencies while still improving the quality and access of healthcare to members of the military, their families, and veterans. As I have stated before, hiring a ‘Military Health Care Czar’ does not help to achieve this goal.”

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