Who Pays For War Wounds?

Who Pays For War Wounds?
March 17th, 2009  
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Topic: Who Pays For War Wounds?

Who Pays For War Wounds?
Tacoma News Tribune
March 17, 2009
By David Goldstein, McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is considering making veterans use private insurance to pay for treatment of combat and service-related injuries.
The plan would be an about-face on what veterans believe is a longstanding pledge to pay for health care costs that result from their military service.
But in a White House meeting Monday, veterans groups apparently failed to persuade President Barack Obama to take the plan off the table.
“Veterans of all generations agree that this proposal is bad for the country and bad for veterans,” said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “If the president and the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) want to cut costs, they can start at AIG, not the VA.”
Under current policy, veterans are responsible for health care costs that are unrelated to their military service. Exceptions in some cases can be made for veterans without private insurance or who are 100 percent disabled.
The president spoke Monday at the Department of Veterans Affairs to commemorate its 20th anniversary and said he hopes to increase funding by $25 billion over the next five years. But he said nothing about the plan to bill private insurers for service-related medical care.
Few details about the plan have been available and a VA spokesman did not provide additional information. But the reaction on Capitol Hill to the idea has been swift and harsh.
“Dead on arrival” is how Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington described the idea.
“When our troops are injured while serving our country, we should take care of those injuries completely,” Murray, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, told a hearing last week.
“I don’t think we should nickel and dime them for their care,” she added.
In separate comments, Republican Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri said the nation “owes a debt to the veterans who fought and paid for our freedom.”
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki said at the hearing where Murray spoke that the plan was “a consideration.” He also acknowledged that the VA’s proposed budget for next year included it as a way to increase revenue.
But Shinseki told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee that “a final decision hasn’t been made yet.”
March 17th, 2009  
Wow!!!!!! Just freakin Wow!!!!! Holy FREAKIN WOW!!!!!

Thanks bunches and bunches. From all vets. Now who ever came up with the plan should go jump off a cliff as a way of apology.

Slowly the colors are beginning to show.
March 17th, 2009  

I just got a memo from the American Legion in response to this. I can't believe anyone would actually consider this plan!
Who Pays For War Wounds?
March 19th, 2009  
Latest I saw is that it is being withdrawn.

Damn smart decision, that.

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