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    American Legion Strongly Opposed to Obama's Plan to Charge Wounded Vets for Treatment

    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.

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    The Legion argues that, depending on the severity of the medical conditions involved, maximum insurance coverage limits could be reached through treatment of the veteran's condition alone. That would leave the rest of the family without health care benefits. The Legion also points out that many health insurance companies require deductibles to be paid before any benefits are covered. Additionally, the Legion is concerned that private insurance premiums would be elevated to cover service-connected disabled veterans and their families, especially if the veterans are self-employed or employed in small businesses unable to negotiate more favorable across-the-board insurance policy pricing. The American Legion also believes that some employers, especially small businesses, would be reluctant to hire veterans with service-connected disabilities due to the negative impact their employment might have on obtaining and financing company health care benefits.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/2009031..._for_treatment

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    obama kicking vets on the ground...how so cruel...

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    House Panel Seeks Additional $800 Million to Pay for Veterans' Health Care
    Written by Jason Leopold
    Saturday, 14 March 2009 00:00
    By Jason Leopold

    The House Veterans' Affairs Committee wants President Barack Obama to add another $800 million to the Department of Veterans' Affairs fiscal year 2010 budget to ensure veterans' health care funding doesn’t dry up.

    Obama’s proposed 2010 budget for the VA calls for a total budget of $113 billion, a $15 billion increase above 2009 levels. The request includes $52.5 billion in discretionary funding – an increase of $4.9 billion from 2009, or 10.3 percent. The bulk of discretionary spending goes to VA medical care.

    House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Filner, D-CA, said Friday that Obama’s budget proposal “marks the first time any President has submitted a budget that exceeds the recommendations of the Independent Budget."

    However, Filer said he wants Obama to add another $600 million to cover health care funding due to the fact that the the Veterans' Affairs Committee does not accept Obama's budget proposal which claims that it intends to raise $3.4 billion in 2010 by billing private medical insurance companies to cover part of the cost of treating veterans in VA facilities. Filner requested an additional $200 million to cover operating expenses associated with overhauling the VA's antiquated benefits claims system.

    Moreover, Filner said the Obama administration's commitment to "cleaning up the [benefits] claims backlog" and other "high priority areas of interest...including caring for our returning service members, improving the VA’s ability to provide mental heath care and services, addressing homelessness among veterans, and not forgetting the veterans of previous generations...is refreshing."

    The House Budget Committee will take up the additional funding request in the weeks ahead...


    http://www.pubrecord.org/nationworld...alth-care.html

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    All well and good, but why is he also proposing to force wounded vets to burn through their own private health insurance limits, with the associated deductibles and co-pays, for service-related injuries?

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    I've been spending alot of time myself reading about this David. It is an abomination. The VA is not for profit so this just makes me sick for the poor souls who have put their lives on the line. You are right they would have to burn through Tricare which isn't all that great anyway and any other private insurance they may have; potentially leading to sky rocketing premiums. And, which WOULD leave their families in a bind. So, and as of TODAY (see Fox News), we have a President who has never worn the uniform, preaching and pushing for universal healthcare but would prefer to slap in the face the very men and women who have defended this country. I suppose I should reserve my comments to see what Mr. Obama really does. But I am hoping the American Legion along with 10 others will get across to him! Supposedly the American Legion is refusing to tolerate this supposed new plan...whatever it REALLY is. And, evidently, Mr. Obama DEFLECTED any questions (why am I not surprised).

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    It's interesting to see this level of outrage from McCain supporters as McCain supported privatizing veterans health benefits. Not only that, he repeatedly voted against fully funding veterans' health care, expanding mental health care, readjustment counseling, efforts to expand inpatient and outpatient treatment and proposals to lower co-payments and enrollment fees veterans pay for prescription drugs. The media invested little time covering it though which may be why you weren't aware of it and continued to support him in spite of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antiquity View Post
    It's interesting to see this level of outrage from McCain supporters as McCain supported privatizing veterans health benefits. Not only that, he repeatedly voted against fully funding veterans' health care, expanding mental health care, readjustment counseling, efforts to expand inpatient and outpatient treatment and proposals to lower co-payments and enrollment fees veterans pay for prescription drugs. The media invested little time covering it though which may be why you weren't aware of it and continued to support him in spite of it.
    McCain received plenty of criticism for this stuff. If he was in office and proposing this same measure, I'd be just as vocal. It's a pity he was the last man standing in the Republican primaries, because he sure wasn't the best option they had to offer.

    In other words, no matter who pushes this sort of idea, that we should back out of fully providing for service-related health care for veterans, they're flat wrong. McCain isn't in the White House to pull this stuff, Obama is, thus Obama is going to take the heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Berg View Post
    McCain received plenty of criticism for this stuff. If he was in office and proposing this same measure, I'd be just as vocal. It's a pity he was the last man standing in the Republican primaries, because he sure wasn't the best option they had to offer.

    In other words, no matter who pushes this sort of idea, that we should back out of fully providing for service-related health care for veterans, they're flat wrong. McCain isn't in the White House to pull this stuff, Obama is, thus Obama is going to take the heat.
    I don't recall Fox News accuse McCain of selling out vets though. I don't recall the McCain backers here accuse McCain of slapping veterans in the face.

    Unlike McCain, Obama will allocate 800 billion to veterans health care. McCain opposed every veterans funding bill that came across his desk yet he still received your support. Interesting.

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    If America sends a service member into harm's way and that service member is injured, whether in body, mind, or spirit, America should pick up the tab for their treatment and/or recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fay Wrinkle View Post
    If America sends a service member into harm's way and that service member is injured, whether in body, mind, or spirit, America should pick up the tab for their treatment and/or recovery.
    Damn straight.
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