Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin tried to insinuate Dr. Ronny Jackson was involved in the over-prescribing of narcotics, but was quickly corrected by MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt Wednesday on “Morning Joe.”
“I want to tell you that I had concerns about Dr. Ronny Jackson’s nomination before these revelations, because we know that the VA is entrusted with the care of 9 million veterans who have served our country and deserve the very best,” Baldwin said. “The VA health system has had problems in the past. They have problems that need to be overseen now and worked through. And I feared that Dr. Jackson didn’t have the type of managerial experience needed to oversee such an important, but also large entity.”
“When I look at the problems we’ve seen with the waiting list scandal, with over-prescription of narcotics, with a variety of issues, we need somebody who is going to lean forward.”
Hunt jumped in to clarify that Baldwin wasn’t accusing Jackson of over-prescribing pain medication, or other dangerous narcotics.
“Senator, I just want to follow-up on one thing you mentioned. So far to our knowledge Ronny Jackson has not been accused of over-prescribing narcotics,” Hunt said. “It’s been sleep aids and wakefulness medications. I just want to make sure you don’t have information we don’t have on that point.”
“I do not,” Baldwin concluded.
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