Obama Plans to End Gov’t Military Health Coverage

This must be the CHANGE we’re all supposed to believe in. Let it never be said that President Obama isn’t open to cuts in the federal budget as long as the cuts begin forcing our fighting men and women to pay for their own private health insurance. In a sickening, disgraceful move, it appears the Obama administration is putting together a plan which would force soldiers to buy their own private health insurance to cover their injuries and ongoing care. This is opposed to the current care which is rightly provided to them by the government, their employer.

This is something you have to read to believe. The leader of the American Legion met with Obama to specifically discuss the details of this plan and here is the story

WASHINGTON, March 16 — 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!”

Commander Rehbein was among a group of senior officials from veterans service organizations joining the President, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Steven Kosiak, the overseer of defense spending at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The group’s early afternoon conversation at The White House was precipitated by a letter of protest presented to the President earlier this month. The letter, co-signed by Commander Rehbein and the heads of ten colleague organizations, read, in part, ” There is simply no logical explanation for billing a veteran’s personal insurance for care that the VA has a responsibility to provide. 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.”

At the very least, when the government sends Americans into harms way, it is our duty to provide their care. It is a worthwhile and moral venture which Obama is about to destroy.

I’m hoping that enough opposition will mount that this does not come to pass. If it does, shame on Obama for he has betrayed the very men and women who protect him everyday.

“I got the distinct impression that the only hope of this plan not being enacted,” said Commander Rehbein, “is for an alternative plan to be developed that would generate the desired $540-million in revenue. The American Legion has long advocated for Medicare reimbursement to VA for the treatment of veterans. This, we believe, would more easily meet the President’s financial goal. We will present that idea in an anticipated conference call with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel in the near future.

“I only hope the administration will really listen to us then. This matter has far more serious ramifications than the President is imagining,” concluded the Commander.

How sick is this? Obama won’t cut worthless pork-barrel spending but he’ll take health care away from the only people who truly deserve government care, the soldiers who defend this nation.

Say what you will of President Bush but he always supported our soldiers and always ensured that they were better cared for and better compensated than previous administrations.

President Obama, you are a disgrace to the men and women who put their lives on the line for the freedom of you and your family.

I’m sure our soldiers will appreciate this “CHANGE.”

Update

In June 2008, Obama appeared at a Sioux Falls pancake breakfast to lambaste the Bush administration and John McCain for opposing Jim Webb’s GI Bill. During that speech, given from a rostrum with the slogan “A Sacred Trust — Support Our Veterans”, Obama had this to say about caring for our wounded once back at home:

Transcript of the important remarks:

We all know that the sacred trust does not end when the uniform comes off. That’s why it’s time to build a 21st-century VA. No more red tape. It’s time to give every service member electronic copies of their medical records and service records upon discharge so that they can immediately get the services that they’ve earned. No more shortfalls. We’ll fully fund VA health care. No more delays. We’ll pass on-time budgets. No more means testing. It’s time to allow every veteran into the VA system.

Need I even comment? Obama is beyond disgraceful, he’s deceitful.