**Update: For the follow-up to this one, go HERE.**
Obama Proposes Making Vets Pay for Service-Related Medical Treatment
(I am shocked that CNN ran this story)
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.
Private Insurance which they'd be able to get in the first place, with their "pre-existing conditions", Right?
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.
"Hearing the plan was under consideration"?
Well, I guess that could mean that there's no real intent-to-commit, if that's all they're running on, right?
Turns out - all that 'Not-paying-for-servicemen's-medical-care' - savings is actually already baked right into Obama's 2010 Budget Proposal.
The groups also cited an increase in "third-party collections" estimated in the 2010 budget proposal -- something they said could be achieved only if the Veterans Administration started billing for service-related injuries.
Built. Into. The. Budget.
Behold - part of The One's plan to "Reduce the Deficit by Half"
...and while we're here, let's get some perspective on what He said at the time:
He identified exploding health-care costs as the chief culprit behind rising federal deficits during a bipartisan "fiscal responsibility summit" convened to discuss ways to restore fiscal stability without deepening the recession.There we go - true to his word, this is merely a 'cutting of health-care costs'.
- Run your multinational bank or car company into the ground through mismanagement and malfeasance?
Turn the money-valve fully to the "On" position!
- Catch and IED-blast or sniper-fire in service to your country?
Wow, too bad - hope you can pay for that!
And even when blatantly caught, red-handed, trying to exploit military personnel and violate a sacred trust between our country and those who lay their lives on the line for her - they still can't man-up and take responsibility.
Asked about the proposal, Shinseki said it was under "consideration."
"A final decision hasn't been made yet," he said.
Apparently "Final" enough to have baked it into The Messiah's budget, you pathetic, cowardly, weak, sad excuse for a pale shadow of a man.
This has to end.
This has to be stopped.
Snowball cannot be allowed to send Boxer away. Again.