17 March 2009

Veterans Pay, Politicians Play (With Your Money)

Obama's plan to bill war veterans and their insurance companies for medical treatment is not sitting well with the American Legion:
The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, "This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ' to care for him who shall have borne the battle' given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm's way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America's veterans!"
I find this to be extremely cold treatment toward those who have sacrificed to protect our freedoms. I also find it extremely stupid politically. While Congress and the President are bailing out their high-roller friends in the banking and investment business and those who can't or won't pay their mortgage, they're going to dump on Vets and make them and their insurance companies pay for their own medical treatment? I don't get it.

12 comments:

cenantua said...

Yes, this idea of making veterans pay is totally idiotic and unappreciative. I'm among the disabled veterans but by no means do my injuries measure up to those who have sacrificed limbs and mental state in the name of this country. To say that this ticks me off doesn't come close to my opinion on this.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Robert - It doesn't even make sense from a political perspective. I think very few, regardless of party affiliation, would be in favor of this and the so-called savings is chump change compared to every thing else we're spending.

brboyd said...

Democrats are no friend of the Veteran.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

No one is harder on the Dems than me, but I would disagree with that as a blanket condemnation. As a political party, of course, I believe it is accurate to say that the Republicans are "friendlier" to veterans than the Democratic Party (at least in recent years).

That being said, there are many Democrat office holders that are just as supportive of our veterans as Republicans and many (Democrats), of course, have sons and daughters serving.

cenantua said...

Webb is, of course, one of the examples of a Democrat who, as a veteran, has supported the veterans.

Then, on the other hand, you have Carter who was a veteran (a submariner no less!???!), but was hard on the military. The military draw-down during his time in office was horrible.

brboyd said...

Mr. Williams, I stand corrected. There are a handful of democrats that support the military. The rest realize it is one of the few things that is keeping this country from becoming socialist. The Second Amendment and the Military scare them to death.

James F. Epperson said...

Frankly, I wouldn't go to Yahoo for the news. Here's a link to CNN's story on this (note that the Yahoo writer only spoke to the American Legion commander):

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/10/veterans.health.insurance/index.html

It's instructive to note that this was a proposal, only, and a *Democratic* Senator from Washington said that it would not pass the Senate.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I trust Yahoo before I would trust CNN. A "proposal only" - so? Obama was serious about it. Thank God for the Democratic Senator who said the proposal was "dead on arrival."

That was really a no-brainer.

James F. Epperson said...

It is entirely possible that Obama never knew of it. It looks like the idea was to achieve some cost savings by billing private insurance companies for some medical work. (Which I agree is a DOA Bad Idea if the problem being treated is service-related.) It is entirely possible that the idea was proposed and talked about w/o informing Obama. The President isn't involved in *every* policy decision at *every* level. Obviously I don't know, but to be frank, Obama is smart enough a politician to know that this kind of proposal is DOA.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"It is entirely possible that Obama never knew of it. It looks like the idea was to achieve some cost savings by billing private insurance companies for some medical work."

Right James. His teleprompter forgot to tell him.

chaps said...

Obama certainly knew about it when he met with VFW and American Legion leaders on Monday. He stated that he would continue the proposal unless vet groups came up with another way to get the money.

brboyd said...

Yeah, I have another way to get the money... They are called Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and AIG! If that isnt enough, get funds from the estate of Bernie Mac!