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American Legion commander “angered” after meeting Obama
hotair.com ^ | March 16, 2009 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/16/2009 4:38:00 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Apparently, the Obama administration hasn’t backed away from its plans to start offloading costs for wounded veterans to third-party insurance, which will make acquiring such insurance nearly impossible. The commander of the American Legion emerged from a meeting with President Obama “angered” at Obama’s insistence on generating revenue from those who sacrificed for American security:

The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization says he is “deeply disappointed and concerned” after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.

“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 Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, “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!”

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KEYWORDS: americanlegion; bho44; bhohealthcare; bhoveterans; communists; democrats; liars; military; obama; veterans
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1 posted on 03/16/2009 4:38:00 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And the wake up calls just keep a comin’.


2 posted on 03/16/2009 4:39:32 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The Zero knows what he’s doing. He wants to make serving one’s country as unappealing as possible.


3 posted on 03/16/2009 4:40:04 PM PDT by kromike
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Mark Levin is talking about this right now.

He has every right to be shouting into his microphone over this.

4 posted on 03/16/2009 4:40:08 PM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Forced universal health care for everyone except vets.

Why is it my job to buy your aspirins?


5 posted on 03/16/2009 4:41:41 PM PDT by edcoil (Are we there yet?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The friggin debt has already been paid in FULL, mr obammmmmmmmmra!


6 posted on 03/16/2009 4:44:15 PM PDT by JamesA (He who hesitates is lost.)
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To: kromike

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

The left believes that armies cause wars. That having an army gives people the excuse to use it.

That if you don’t have an army you won’t have war.

They are ignorant of history and human nature in the extreme.


7 posted on 03/16/2009 4:44:17 PM PDT by DB
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To: Prole

So illegal aliens are allowed free health care in our country but our military vets aren’t? If we don’t soon grab the pitch forks and march on DC shame on us.


8 posted on 03/16/2009 4:45:09 PM PDT by marlon
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To: edcoil

I dare him to do this...watch what will happen.


9 posted on 03/16/2009 4:45:31 PM PDT by cups
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Levin is completely blowing chunks over this on the air..


10 posted on 03/16/2009 4:45:54 PM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: edcoil

What?

You will have to explain that one. . .just not getting the point.


11 posted on 03/16/2009 4:45:56 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Proof, if proof were needed, of just what the 0 thinks of those who have sacrificed for this nation.


12 posted on 03/16/2009 4:45:59 PM PDT by mojito
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I just received an invitation in the mail from the VA in Baton Rouge. As an OIF/OEF Veteran I ahve been invited to a focus group on the 20th and you better believe I will be there and this will be the ONLY topic I plan to discuss. I am sure I will face opposition and may even be disenvited but it is my duty as part of the oath I swore to my country. I have had nothing but great service from the VA and I hope they will hear what I have to say.


13 posted on 03/16/2009 4:47:22 PM PDT by joesjane (The strength of the pack is the wolf - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is absolutely outrageous.


14 posted on 03/16/2009 4:47:36 PM PDT by chpmass
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To: cups

No kiddin’!! A couple million uniformed vets marching on D.C. Wow... now that would be something!


15 posted on 03/16/2009 4:47:51 PM PDT by Mathews (Ambition, absent a moral compass, is naked destruction.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

All veterans should rise up to this cause.


16 posted on 03/16/2009 4:47:52 PM PDT by Swede Girl (and)
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To: marlon

So illegal aliens are allowed free health care in our country but our military vets aren’t? If we don’t soon grab the pitch forks and march on DC shame on us.

AGREED!!!


17 posted on 03/16/2009 4:48:24 PM PDT by blueyon (If you love your kids, dump the teacher's union)
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To: mojito

Military coup d’état?


18 posted on 03/16/2009 4:48:35 PM PDT by voveo
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yet, someone who has spent their life with their lips glued to a cigarette, washing down their pork rinds with pickled eggs and slim jims, reciting sports statistics and bitching about Springer reruns between pulls from a bottle, will get the full meal deal, courtesy of the taxpayer.


19 posted on 03/16/2009 4:48:47 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It would be great if the VFW and any other Veterans organizations would call out it’s members to join force and start showing up at the Tea Parties.


20 posted on 03/16/2009 4:49:26 PM PDT by curth (Get Out Of The Way, I'll Do It - Sarah Palin)
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To: LibWhacker

zero is a ZERO


21 posted on 03/16/2009 4:49:37 PM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Said it before. Will say it again . . . ‘bambi is a real piece of Shite.


22 posted on 03/16/2009 4:50:50 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yet Obozo has no problem billing US taxpayers for illegal aliens. Obozo screws the vets instead.


23 posted on 03/16/2009 4:52:23 PM PDT by dforest
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To: GOP Poet

Bonus March...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonus_Army


24 posted on 03/16/2009 4:53:02 PM PDT by voveo
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Again
A “town hall” in Kansas, to tell the Democrats what the “people” wanted, featured some aging hippies who said that “everyone” deserved medical treatment at a VA center, “not just the people who went to these Bush wars”!

Congress will not let Obama have everything he wants, but -— when are the smart Dems going to start publicly dissing this incompetent Marxist?

25 posted on 03/16/2009 4:54:48 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Swede Girl
All veterans should rise up to this cause.

Not a vet but I'm p*ssed too.

26 posted on 03/16/2009 4:57:35 PM PDT by sionnsar (Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Tax the rich" fails if the rich won't play)
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To: Kansas58
Congress will not let Obama have everything he wants, but -— when are the smart Dems going to start publicly dissing this incompetent Marxist?

The week after Satan starts ice-skating to work.

27 posted on 03/16/2009 4:58:51 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 56 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

maybe the veterans should just tell the hospital that they are undocumented immigrants from Mexico.... presto, free healthcare


28 posted on 03/16/2009 4:59:13 PM PDT by GeronL (....and I won't let it happen again!)
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To: Kansas58

Time for some aging and not so aging hippies to be sent in place. One man patrols come to mind.


29 posted on 03/16/2009 4:59:33 PM PDT by combat_boots (The answer to 1984 is 1776)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

INTREP


30 posted on 03/16/2009 4:59:48 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware of socialism in America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: cups

nothing will happen... and when they pass involuntary state servitude for children nothing will happen... the sheeple just don’t care.


31 posted on 03/16/2009 5:00:55 PM PDT by GeronL (....and I won't let it happen again!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

As a Legion member I am angered to the max this moron non president he is a disgrace, I hope he gets his just reward.


32 posted on 03/16/2009 5:02:25 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I encourage The Kenyan to keep rolling out these kinds of mind numbing proposals. This is the kind of unconscionable activity that will awaken the silent majority of this country and motivate them to take action.


33 posted on 03/16/2009 5:02:33 PM PDT by Batman11 ("Big ears isn't my President!")
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To: LibWhacker

EVERYDAY


34 posted on 03/16/2009 5:04:01 PM PDT by peace with honor
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I won !!!
35 posted on 03/16/2009 5:07:16 PM PDT by razbinn (I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,and to the republic for which it ...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Quote from Michelle the other day at Ft. Bragg meeting with military families. "Our soldiers and their families have done their duty _ and they do it without complaint," Mrs. Obama said. "And we as a grateful nation must do ours _ do everything in our power to honor them by supporting them."Photobucket
36 posted on 03/16/2009 5:07:55 PM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

related. thanks for the ping.


37 posted on 03/16/2009 5:09:55 PM PDT by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir)
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38 posted on 03/16/2009 5:14:18 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Private insurers all have exclusions for war injuries and have had for years. Not only that the injuries were incurred when working for and at the specific directions of the US government not some private firm that’s providing the insurance for an employee.

I suppose they could get them to pay if they can get around the military service exclusion and already cover preexisting conditions but that’s a stretch

Overall this is as far as I’m concerned a total breach of trust and ground for impeachment if he goes forward with it. Watch what happens with reenlistment stats as this becomes widely known. He’s from the left and hates the military.


39 posted on 03/16/2009 5:15:18 PM PDT by airedale ( XZ)
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To: marlon

The longer we wait, the less chance we will be able to afford the gas.


40 posted on 03/16/2009 5:16:22 PM PDT by Gator113 (For America to Survive, Obama Must Fail..... Obama=Failure in Chief with the Audacity of Dope.....)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Yet which party floods the airwaves each election with ads claiming the other party ignores Veterans?
41 posted on 03/16/2009 5:17:46 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: combat_boots
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42 posted on 03/16/2009 5:19:58 PM PDT by tomkat (lexington, concord, flyover)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
....plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability....

CHANGE! Change we can BELIEVE in!!

43 posted on 03/16/2009 5:20:16 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: voveo

Yep - what started the Veteran’s benefits might just come back around.


44 posted on 03/16/2009 5:21:45 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Free ThinkerNY

there is a sign,(has been for awhile now), at the military hosp. we are seen at, that they will charge the third party insurance if you have it. we are retired military.


45 posted on 03/16/2009 5:24:41 PM PDT by go-ken-go (i)
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To: DB

Ironically, the Constitution forbids a standing (regular) army.


47 posted on 03/16/2009 5:31:35 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s all part of his plan for better health insurance. I’m waiting to see who benefits. It’s pretty clear who gets punished.


48 posted on 03/16/2009 5:32:11 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: Mathews
No kiddin’!! A couple million uniformed and armed vets marching on D.C. Wow... now that would be something!

Fixed.

49 posted on 03/16/2009 5:32:51 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

IMHO healtcare should be provided for veterans injured by war before anyone else gets any healthcare. Is this the first step of rashioning?


50 posted on 03/16/2009 5:35:05 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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