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Washington Times – Obama drops disputed vet medical plan
Thursday 19 Mar 2009, 08:19
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Washington Times – Obama drops disputed vet medical plan.

The Obama administration dropped a proposal to require some disabled veterans to pay for medical treatments through their private insurance companies, heeding a chorus of outrage from veterans groups and Capitol Hill lawmakers who said the idea was immoral, unconscionable and un-American.

The White House decided to scrap the plan after meeting with a contingent of veterans and military advocacy groups on Wednesday for the second time this week.

“In considering the third-party billing issue, the administration was seeking to maximize the resources available for veterans,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. “However, the president listened to concerns raised by the [veterans groups] that this might, under certain circumstances, affect veterans and their families’ ability to access health care.”

The proposal, which the administration said was never a certainty, called for generating an estimated $540 million in savings by tapping veterans’ private insurance for service-related injuries and ailments that for decades the government has been obligated to pay.

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