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OBAMA AND CO: HERE’S A PLAN – HOW ABOUT WOUNDED VETS PAY FOR THEMSELVES?

Posted by Andrew Roman on March 17, 2009

americanlegionRecall that on Inauguration Day, the newly elected President of the United States, to the great dismay and disgust of those of us with a clue, asserted that America’s security “emanates from the justness of our cause.” This is the type of confused cognition that can only come from the mouth of someone who has no regard, gratitude or comprehension of what the armed forces of the United States provide for this country. It is as insulting as it is asinine, and conclusively denotative of why liberals cannot, in any way, be trusted with the security of the United States of America.

It is thus no surprise that the Obama administration would pursue the ignoble initiative of forcing private insurance companies to foot the bill for the treatment of wounded veterans, effectively pawning off that which is the undeniable moral obligation of the federal government onto the private sector. The idea that wounded servicemen and women would be forced to find a way to pay for their own treatment in order to save the government a few bucks is unconscionable. At a time when trillions of taxpayer dollars are being shoved into the most egregious, useless, unnecessary pig-meat projects in existence, to have the care of America’s wounded warriors treated as a matter of mere budgetary concern is an abomination.

For those who honor and revere the men and women who serve, it is a gross indignity to know that protecting the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, or monitoring coral reefs, takes precedence over the care of this nation’s military personnel.

Last week, as this story was gaining some national exposure, Adam Levine at CNN wrote:

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.

Murray used that blunt terminology when she told Shinseki that the idea would not be acceptable and would be rejected if formally proposed. Her remarks came during a hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs about the 2010 budget.

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 words “and darling of the anti-war Left” should have followed the opening words “Veterans Affairs Secretary.”)

Yesterday, Ed Morrisey, at the great Hot Air blog, wrote:

The Obama administration explains that it wants private insurers who sell coverage to vets to pay their fair share, but there are two things wrong with that argument. First, the United States has a moral obligation to provide treatment for those wounded in the service of their country. That’s a commitment we make to the people who enlist in military, and should not get outsourced.

Second, vets with service-related injuries and illnesses can only get third-party insurance because insurers know the US will cover all service-related medical treatment through the VA. If the government reneges on that commitment, it will put insurers on the hook for veterans already enrolled — but it will make it a lot harder for the next set of veterans to get insured. It will also raise costs to the rest of the insured by those companies, when the burden should fall on all Americans equally.

Morrisey was commenting on what is being reported as a fairly disturbing meeting between Commander David K. Rehbein, head of The American Legion, and The Messiah, that took place yesterday.

According to a story published at the American Legion website last evening called “Don’t Bill Our Heroes” :

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!”

Here comes that old Clinton feeling again – the derision and disdain emanating from the top for the United States military is once again on full display, only this time with the Obamacratic regime. Who but those who harbor contempt for the military would pursue such a disgraceful policy?

A nation that does not care for those warriors who have sacrificed themselves in her defense cannot survive the vacuity of its immorality – nor does it deserve to.

 

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