NEW YORK TIMES --- In an administration rife with intramural fights, the battle over the Department of Veterans Affairs has stood out, not only for its vitriol but also for its consequences. At stake is the future of the nation's veterans health care system. For now at least, it appears moderation has prevailed, with the Veterans Affairs secretary, David J. Shulkin, thwarting a pitched conservative push to drive him out. "It's my job as secretary to get the organization singly focused on making the V.A. work better for vets," the secretary, a physician and holdover from the Obama administration, said in an interview on Monday, after the latest in a string of meetings with the White House chief of staff. "I've been making it clear to the organization that we will not be distracted as we have in the last couple weeks."
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