Skip to comments.The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment
Posted on 03/16/2009 4:50:49 PM PDT by autumnraine
WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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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Every war veteran, inactive duty, military retirees, national guard and reserves all become uninsurable the minute this a-hole puts this plan in place.
He is weakening our military and country.
(not a dupe)
“Make them pay.” You can just see him saying that.
Yes I hate him too. He is also a highly dangerous pathological narcissist.
Notify every veteran and every VFW in this country. Calls to their elected elitist by the millions is warranted on this issue. Promise them that those up for re-election in 2010 can kiss their chances goodbye!
I have to admit, I’m enjoying rubbing some noses in this down at my Post. Its chock full of obedient union Democrats that parrot the talking points. It saddens me.
You and me both! To think that my 3 sons, though not in harms way right now, will be penalized for any injury they might sustain while serving our country - I just have no words for the anger and sorrow I have in my heart. My boys believe in this country and are proud to wear their uniforms - and that bastard in the WH does everything he can to destroy what all servicemen and women believe in and fight for.
Balancing the budget on the backs of wounded veterans.
Ablsolutley eff-ing outrageous.
Balancing the budget on the backs of wounded veterans.
Absolutley eff-ing outrageous.
He’s looking to generate a mere $540 million with this?
Hell, he and his manbeast wife will blow more dead pre$ident$ on photo-op vacations and lah-di-dah “I won” parties than THIS before Labor Day !
And I'm listening to ABC Radio News shilling for BO right now.
I despise these people with every bone in my body.
“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.”
No doubt he needs that much money to pay for all his flying around on Air Foes One, the Wednesday night parties at the White House, and other such vital endeavors on behalf of us all!
Zero speaks to the proud members of the U.S. Military: ‘Screw you.’
I find this reprehensible but the local American Legion wanted Obama since they are mostly union types. Wonder what they have to say now?
This is terrible.
I guess the one good thing to say is that it demonstrates that Obama doesn’t have a Napolean complex. Napolean took care of his troops and built the Invalides Hospital for their care.
Honestly, it should give us comfort that Obama does not seem to have a desire to remake the military to his own liking. That would be a scary prospect.
I’m a vet and this just supports my feelings that this 10 year old King is anti-American and insane.
Toss out the sorrow but keep your anger and keep it focused on this communist b*****d! I have a son still serving Army Infantry (10 yrs), over 2 1/2 yrs actual combat (Iraq) don’t think I won’t try for a piece of my “representative” and he’s good but he’s going to hear my fury.
Obama will support HIS troops, once he forms his homeland defense force.
DITTO!!I only wish this was an impeachable offense, well in my mind it is but with the worthless Congress we have now I know it won't happen.
Instead, the Zero is pissing everyone off as fast as the can.
Americans need to tell this President....NO WAY. These military injured heros were defending, are defending, the American people and the government needs to take care of them. This guy has no understanding of the military and their commitments to the security of the US.
And instead of talking about this Republican party leaders are attacking Rush Limbaugh!
A few years ago..the very thought of this country breaking apart into two different ones would have drawn a smirk from me...but now...I almost expect it.
The Kenyan Clown plans to destroy our military.
Don't forget that Napoleon was a soldier who was wounded in action multiple times.
He is looking to save $540 mil and ACORN is receiving billions? Did I not read that somewhere? I would fix all this in short order. I would shut down all the VA hospitals and make sure our wounded veterans had the best insurance and access to the best healthcare. I do not like the idea that some veterans have to travel long distances to be treated.
We could open the bidding up to private insurers in each state and call it the “Heroes Policy”. Enough pork could be cut to easily pay for this. I think this just highlights what we all already knew of this mans character; he has none.
As an American,a Veteran, a Christian, I am truly ashamed that there were enough weak, spineless, whiney Americans, to have voted this absolute LOSER into the Presidency.
2. Jeez, this betrays the mission of pretend piety that the snob's wife is supposedly on about assisting military families.
FWIW veteran members of my family have always done well and been satisfied at VA hospitals. All things considered maybe we have other areas to look at for cost savings.
That's precisely the game he's playing. He's a Marxist community "organizer."
I hate to personalize it, but, politely, the guy is a jerk. Just how he'll void insurers policies on a national basis remains to be seen. He can ask for reimbursement, but if the conditions are preexisting and/or the result of military service, I don't know how he'll get it.
Get on the phone, write a letter, or write a email to both senators and your representative and voice your opposition to this idea NOW.
I wrote letters and put them in the mail and I just got off the phone with all three offices.. without telling them I sent the letters and talked to the Representative on each end.
Enough dissent to this idea goes through.. the more they will think TWICE about wanting it on the table.
I can’t even imagine hippy vietnam vets to be in support of this. No matter how liberal they are!
Husband and Son are active and don’t carry private insurance. Does this tool expect mandatory private insurance policies for ALL active duty???
I just printed out three copies for my stepfather to take to the VFW, Moose Lodge and local American Legion to post on the boards.
He will make copies to distribute to his veterans he knows in church and will make me copies.
My best friend is a hardcore liberal, her husband is a navy vet from Desert Storm (I know, they are an odd match) but she is FURIOUS. This affects her whole entire family’s coverage!
She is calling all her local contacts and he is getting in touch with his veteran groups as well.
Also, I want to point out a lot of veteran’s or reserves are in the police force. It might be worth it to drop some of the printed version of this article off at some precints. We have to do the job of the media.
Obama wants no one to join military, and if they do, he wants them to either die or suffer physically and financially as much as they can.
The VA is dead. Was at Shuttle launch last eve. Senior NASA people agree, NASA is dead.
obama wants America, and Americans dead.
Hes looking to generate a mere $540 million with this?
Have also heard that vets on service-connected disability payments must requalify.
Anyone know if this is true?
“Husband and Son are active and dont carry private insurance. Does this tool expect mandatory private insurance policies for ALL active duty???”
No, but if they get a serious service connected disability, it is a certainty that they’ll have trouble paying for a private insurance policy if they ever need one.
Businesses will have a reason for not hiring Vets because of this.
i’ve noticed when he “salutes”, it appears to be half-a**ed attempt, i think bill saluted better than that
Did Stalin make his wounded soldiers pay for their own care?
52% of the voters of this country have elected a Marxist narcissist with a moral compass inferior to Joe Stalin!
What a miserable POS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1