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Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.”

O’Rourke treated the email as an order, but Moskowitz is not his boss. In fact, he is not even a government official. Moskowitz is a Palm Beach doctor who helps wealthy people obtain high-service “concierge” medical care.

More to the point, he is one-third of an informal council that is exerting sweeping influence on the VA from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Florida. The troika is led by Ike Perlmutter, the reclusive chairman of Marvel Entertainment, who is a longtime acquaintance of President Trump’s. The third member is a lawyer named Marc Sherman. None of them has ever served in the U.S. military or government.

Continue reading:  The Shadow Rulers of the VA

4 thoughts on “The Shadow Rulers of the VA

  1. Perlmutter is an asshole. He runs the TV division of Marvel. He got booted out of the feature film division because he was a cheap bastard who almost lost Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man. He constantly bumped heads with the comic book movie Lord and Savior, Kevin Feige. The guy’s contemptible on every level. AND, he’s such a tight-ass bastard with budgets on Marvel TV shows he’s effed up some potentially great stuff. Marvel’s Inhumans show from last fall is a perfect example of this. I hate the bastard for his politics, for how he’s effing over parts of the country, because he feasts on Trump’s anus, and, mostly because of how he handles the most blessed and sacred properties of Marvel TV. Eff with my comic book characters, and your on my list forever!

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