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    Change wounded veterans can believe in?

    I understand the Obama administration has withdrawn the plan to have the Department of Veterans Affairs charge veterans’ health insurance for the cost to the VA for treating service-connected medical conditions. …. but the mere fact that this plan was proposed at all is alarming.


    Veterans groups are warning President Barack Obama against going ahead with a possible administration move to charge veterans' private health care for service-related injuries. They say it's "wholly unacceptable" to charge their private insurance for service injuries.In a letter sent by 11 of the most prominent veterans organizations, the groups warned that the idea "is wholly unacceptable and a total abrogation of our government's moral and legal responsibility to the men and women who have sacrificed so much."...The argument for the proposal is that it frees up money for the VA by charging the private insurers, allowing the VA to spend on more services, said Joe Violante, legislative director for Disabled American Veterans, who opposes the idea. While there could be savings, Violante warned it also could lead to an increase in premiums for veterans with private coverage.""We cannot and would not agree to any proposal that would expand this concept any further," the heads of the 11 groups wrote in the letter. "While we understand the fiscal difficulties this country faces right now, placing the burden of those fiscal problems on the men and women who have already sacrificed a great deal for this country is unconscionable." Currently, veterans' private insurance is only charged when they receive health care from the VA for medical issues that are not related to service injuries, like getting the flu. Charging for service-related injuries would violate "a sacred trust," said Veterans of Foreign Wars spokesman Joe Davis. Davis said the move would risk private health care for veterans and their families by potentially maxing out benefits paying for costly war injury treatments. It could also make it harder for veterans to get private insurance if the companies decide to reject them for pre-existing conditions, rather than be billed for service-connected injuries, Davis said."This seems like bad politics and bad policy," said IAVA Policy Director Vanessa Williamson, noting that every veterans group opposes it and warns it will adversely affect veterans. "I don't see this as a tenable option."

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/...are/index.html

    This time, the cost-savings target was veterans’ insurance; it now seems Obama might seek higher Tricare fees for working-age military retirees… . the people who have already sacrificed much for their country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gretchen View Post
    I understand the Obama administration has withdrawn the plan to have the Department of Veterans Affairs charge veterans’ health insurance for the cost to the VA for treating service-connected medical conditions. …. but the mere fact that this plan was proposed at all is alarming.


    Veterans groups are warning President Barack Obama against going ahead with a possible administration move to charge veterans' private health care for service-related injuries. They say it's "wholly unacceptable" to charge their private insurance for service injuries.In a letter sent by 11 of the most prominent veterans organizations, the groups warned that the idea "is wholly unacceptable and a total abrogation of our government's moral and legal responsibility to the men and women who have sacrificed so much."...The argument for the proposal is that it frees up money for the VA by charging the private insurers, allowing the VA to spend on more services, said Joe Violante, legislative director for Disabled American Veterans, who opposes the idea. While there could be savings, Violante warned it also could lead to an increase in premiums for veterans with private coverage.""We cannot and would not agree to any proposal that would expand this concept any further," the heads of the 11 groups wrote in the letter. "While we understand the fiscal difficulties this country faces right now, placing the burden of those fiscal problems on the men and women who have already sacrificed a great deal for this country is unconscionable." Currently, veterans' private insurance is only charged when they receive health care from the VA for medical issues that are not related to service injuries, like getting the flu. Charging for service-related injuries would violate "a sacred trust," said Veterans of Foreign Wars spokesman Joe Davis. Davis said the move would risk private health care for veterans and their families by potentially maxing out benefits paying for costly war injury treatments. It could also make it harder for veterans to get private insurance if the companies decide to reject them for pre-existing conditions, rather than be billed for service-connected injuries, Davis said."This seems like bad politics and bad policy," said IAVA Policy Director Vanessa Williamson, noting that every veterans group opposes it and warns it will adversely affect veterans. "I don't see this as a tenable option."

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/...are/index.html

    This time, the cost-savings target was veterans’ insurance; it now seems Obama might seek higher Tricare fees for working-age military retirees… . the people who have already sacrificed much for their country.
    Gretchen, take a look at
    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=116569
    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=116389

    Wise.

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