Pentagon Condemns Veterans Affairs Health Initiative Supported by Kushner

A military-Veterans Affairs health initiative, which is supported by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, received a harsh criticism from the Pentagon.

According to a recent report that was acquired by Politico, the Pentagon’s assessment found that a software program known as MHS Genesis is “neither operationally effective nor operationally suitable.”

“The end result everyone is familiar with — years and years of delays and many billions spent trying to fix the mess,” an individual testing the program told the news outlet.

Politico reported that the Pentagon’s review found 156 “severe” or “critical” incident reports that could cause patients to die, which added that the assessment could also impact a contract Veterans’ Affairs awarded to Cerner Corp.

Although the White House pointed out to Politico that Kushner, who is also President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, was not part of the contract, Politico noted that Kushner was the one who suggested that Veteran Affairs should select Cerner for the contract.

The Pentagon’s report also found that it may not be feasible to implement the software into the military’s healthcare network.

“You’ll continue to hear that they just made significant updates to the system and that no one is saying to pull the plug on the program,” the tester told Politico. “If DoD members, including all the healthcare professionals at those sites, were actually able to freely speak, you would hear most of them calling for something else.”

Meanwhile, Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump are on route to be part of the delegation attending the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has put a dark spot on Trump’s foreign policy and has sparked worldwide protests as well as harsh criticism from most U.S. allies and the Arab coalition.

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