Here's a GREAT BIG Thank You from President Obama to all military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries: Obama has a new proposal to force private insurance companies to reimburse the VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) for any treatment received.
In other words...wounds received in the service of the USA will not be paid for by the USA. It will be paid for by the veterans via their private insurance carrier.
Obama is hoping the plan will generate 540 Million or so Dollars.
Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion, the largest veterans organization in America, had this to say:
"It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan. 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."
"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!"
A letter sent earlier to the President signed by Rehbein and the leaders of 10 other veterans organizations had this to say:
" 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."
According to the Legion, there are many other underlying problems with this plan:
*For those with severe medical conditions, insurance coverage limits could be reached through treatment of the veteran's condition alone. That would leave the rest of the veteran's family without health care benefits.
*Most health insurance companies require deductibles to be paid before any benefits are covered.
*Private insurance premiums could rise to cover service-connected disabled veterans and their families.
*Some employers would be hesitant to hire veterans with service-connected disabilities due to the negative impact their employment might have on the company obtaining health care benefits for their employees.
The bottom line is, the Federal Government has an obligation to pay for those wounded or injured in the service of of The United States.
You wanted change? You got it.
Sources: Yahoo News and The American Legion
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