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Obama wants to charge injured vets for treatment! – How can they be this stupid? – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on March 12, 2009

Imagine the elite media reaction if Bush did this…..

UPDATE – The head of the American Legion met with Obama and came out from the meeting outraged: 

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!”

*****Original Story Here*****

As if insulting our greatest ally multiple times wasn’t enough, after Obama giving Gordon Brown a pack of DVD’s that he couldn’t even play after Brown gave obama priceless artifacts from the people of the United Kingdom, after multiple botches in dealing with Russia, after nominating a pack of tax cheats to hold high positions in the administration, after nominating an anti-semite who thought that the Chinese government  at Tienanmen Square didn’t do enough to hold a position in national intelligence only to have leaders in Congress tell obama “no way” and after breaking his promises at a frantic rate since the inauguration…..

….after all of these stupid moves it finally took this story to convince me that Obama is just not nearly as bright as “everyone” said he was. Indeed the Obama teleprompter and stupid jokes are coming.

Sadly this hits on a theme that we have noticed in Obama Administration positions, they are often just plain cruel.

CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN)— Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.

But the proposal would be “dead on arrival” if it’s sent to Congress, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, said.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance. …

No official proposal to create such a program has been announced publicly, but veterans groups wrote a pre-emptive letter last week to President Obama voicing their opposition to the idea after hearing the plan was under consideration.

The groups also cited an increase in “third-party collections” estimated in the 2010 budget proposal — something they said could be achieved only if the Veterans Administration started billing for service-related injuries.

Asked about the proposal, Shinseki said it was under “consideration.”

“A final decision hasn’t been made yet,” he said.

Our friends at Hotair.com are even surprised by the shocking stupidity of such a move:

Let’s see.  The same administration that wants to give tens of billions of dollars to GM, Citigroup, AIG, and a host of other banks and manufacturers wants men and women injured in service to their country to pay for the medical care that arises from these injuries?  In what universe does Shinseki and the Obama administration live, anyway?

And people used to complain that Bush didn’t care enough about veteran care – even though he increased the VA budget by 56% from 2001 to 2008.  Bush never offered the notion that the nation should shirk its duty to those who gave their health for the defense of America, especially not in the same week in which his administration signed a record omnibus bill with 8,000 pork items in it.  In fact, I don’t think any administration has ever signaled such a policy, mostly because previous administrations weren’t dumb enough to try it, let alone crass enough to consider it an area to save a little cash.

UPDATE – After much yelling and screaming Obama changed his mind.  – LINK.

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