Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The President Wants Wounded Warriors to Pay

The president has a great new idea to raise $540 million. He wants to force our military men and women to pay for their service connected injuries and disabilities through private insurance. I am sure that will be a marvelous recruiting slogan “Join the Army, Serve your nation… just don’t get hurt because then you will be on your own for healthcare.”

Doesn’t anyone in Obama’s inner circle say stuff like –“Sir, this is a really bad, bad idea.”? Or maybe, “Wow, you want men and women to volunteer to place themselves in harm’s way, AND pay for their medical care, good luck with that one sir.”

Surely, we can find another place to get money besides out of our service member’s pockets when we already ask them to bear an enormous load both physically and emotionally. Oh, hey! I know, how about we take back saaaay....around $540 million back from the AIG bunch instead?


Contact: Craig Roberts of The American Legion, +1-202-263-2982 Office, +1-202-406-0887 Cell

WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.

"It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan," said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. "He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it."

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!"

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