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Plan to bill veterans’ insurance for treatment draws fire | ajc.com
Tuesday 17 Mar 2009, 06:59
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Plan to bill veterans’ insurance for treatment draws fire | ajc.com.

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 by the government 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.

“It’s a betrayal,” said Joe Violante, legislative director of Disabled American Veterans, which signed a letter of protest to Obama. “My insurance company didn’t send me to Vietnam, my government did. The same holds true for men and women now fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s the government’s responsibility.”

“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.”

“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 proposed requirement for these companies to reimburse the VA would not only be unfair, says the Legion, but would have an adverse impact on service-connected disabled veterans and their families. The Legion argues that, depending on the severity of the medical conditions involved, maximum insurance coverage limits could be reached through treatment of the veteran’s condition alone. That would leave the rest of the family without health care benefits. The Legion also points out that many health insurance companies require deductibles to be paid before any benefits are covered.

How nice change, promise the world, and medical to everyone, yet has to make up the money somewhere. To those who supported, and worshiped him, like the NCJ did, you suck.

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3 Comments

Nice post! Keep it real.I have looked over your blog a few times and I love it.

Comment by Our Insurance

I saw this on Rose’s blog. I’d like to know more but, on the face of it, it seems outrageous. I support many of his other policies though

Comment by Kym

If McCain had been elected, he would have got this one right. Probably the only thing he would have done correctly though.

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