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White House drops plan to bill disabled veterans for care
PRNewswire/Hawai`i Free Press ^ | 3-18-09 | Disabled American Vets

Posted on 03/18/2009 6:12:06 PM PDT by AndrewWalden

Edited on 03/18/2009 6:50:07 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
White House drops plan to bill disabled veterans for care
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 61 Views :: Hawaii State Politics, National News, National Politics

WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Disabled American Veterans today commended the Obama administration for backing down from a controversial proposal that would force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who suffered service-related disabilities and injuries.

The proposal that had been considered as part of the president's budget would require private insurance companies to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs in such cases. But the idea was unanimously opposed by the DAV and other leaders of the veterans community who were invited to the White House Monday to discuss the plan directly with President Obama. Veterans were again united in opposing the plan in a follow-up meeting with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel Wednesday.

The decision to drop the idea was announced by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at a meeting with veterans groups after the meeting with Emanuel.

"The president was very open and candid when he met with veterans groups earlier this week, and we are pleased that he has heard our concerns and taken them to heart," said Washington Headquarters Executive Director David W. Gorman. "Our message to the president was simple and direct: that our government must not abandon its moral responsibility to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms."

"Now that this ill-advised proposal is off the table, the DAV looks forward to working with the administration and Congress on crafting a good budget that will include sufficient appropriated dollars to cover veterans' health care needs," Gorman said. "We also urge the president to fulfill his pledge to include advance appropriations for veterans health care in his budget submission."

A top priority for the DAV and other groups is passage of the recently introduced Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act. The measure would authorize Congress to approve VA medical care appropriations one year in advance of the start of each fiscal year. The legislation also would add needed transparency to the process by having the Government Accountability Office review and report on the VA budget request.

"This budget reform legislation would ensure sufficient, timely and predictable funding for veterans' health care. It has the added benefit of making government more efficient, transparent and accountable. These are three key elements that President Obama, Congress and veterans all agree are needed in these challenging times. And if enacted in conjunction with the fiscal year 2010 budget, advance appropriations for 2011 would not add one dime to the 2010 deficit," Gorman said.

The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation's disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation's disabled veterans and their families. For more information, visit the organization's Web site, www.dav.org.

SOURCE Disabled American Veterans

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The office of Sen Dan Akaka (D-HI) released the following statement today in response to the withdrawal of the Obama administration proposal:

AKAKA PRAISES OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR DROPPING PROPOSAL TO CHARGE VETERANS’ INSURERS FOR COMBAT INJURIES

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, called Secretary Eric Shinseki and issued the following statement today praising President Barack Obama for dropping a proposal to shift the responsibility to pay for care for service-connected injuries from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the private insurers of wounded veterans:

“I thanked Secretary Shinseki for listening to the concerns the veterans service organizations, my colleagues and I had over this proposal to charge veterans’ insurers for combat injuries.  President Obama made the right decision not to move forward.  Veterans’ care and benefits are a cost of war and treatment for conditions directly related to service is the responsibility of the government alone.  I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Administration to enact the President’s funding increases and targeted programs to help VA adapt to the changing needs of veterans and their families,” said Akaka.   

 

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RELATED:

Sen Akaka opposes Obama plan to bill combat wounded for medical care, but backs Shinseki , Obama to bill combat wounded for medical care , Shinseki confirms plan in VA budget



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That was fast, an easy opportunity for Congress to look good at Obama's expense.
1 posted on 03/18/2009 6:12:06 PM PDT by AndrewWalden
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To: AndrewWalden

Disgusting. No one can call themselves patriotic and support such a disgusting idea.


2 posted on 03/18/2009 6:14:03 PM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: AndrewWalden
Hah!
We did it!
Now we need to let no one forget that they tried to pull this stunt.
3 posted on 03/18/2009 6:14:10 PM PDT by grobdriver (Impeach Obama for Incompetence!)
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To: AndrewWalden
We must NEVER forget what these slimey, unappreciative, traitorous bastards were ready to do to those who have fought, bled, and suffered for our nation, our liberty, and way of life...we must NEVER forget!

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS

NOW WE KNOW WHAT A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER DOES

OBAMA, THE STOCK MARKET, AND ENERGY

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S UPBRINGING

IT'S TIME FOR A RETURN TO THE OLD SCHOOL

4 posted on 03/18/2009 6:14:47 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: AndrewWalden
Keep your eye on this.

This Whore Hou.....errrr...White House is notorious for slipping legislation in under the cover of darkness.

5 posted on 03/18/2009 6:15:32 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: AndrewWalden

This was too easy. There has to be something else going on. They will sneak this into some other legislation, or take some other devious action to get what they want pushed through.


6 posted on 03/18/2009 6:15:51 PM PDT by Batman11 ("Big ears isn't my President!")
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To: AndrewWalden

The only reason he dropped it was because he was caught out by the VFW who incidentally supported The O during his campaign ...


7 posted on 03/18/2009 6:16:04 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: AndrewWalden

Are Secret Service men considered part of the Armed Forces? Maybe they would think twice about taking a bullet if this passed.


8 posted on 03/18/2009 6:16:18 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: Batman11
Given how slimy Obama and his communist trolls are, I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if they sneaked some more garbage into American law.

Obama and his thugs are as evil as hell, and as filthy as raw sewage.

9 posted on 03/18/2009 6:17:07 PM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: synbad600

Whopee...


10 posted on 03/18/2009 6:17:35 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: grobdriver

I fully intend to let no one forget


11 posted on 03/18/2009 6:18:23 PM PDT by USA means Freedom
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To: AndrewWalden
Congress can insert it in their next emergency appropriations bill.
12 posted on 03/18/2009 6:19:09 PM PDT by Mojave (Don't blame me. I voted for McClintock.)
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To: AndrewWalden

This pure crap is the attitude of the far left liberal weenies that come from far left liberal universities that teach this anti-military crap. It starts in high school. We must fight it at every turn.


13 posted on 03/18/2009 6:19:26 PM PDT by TaMoDee
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To: SkyDancer

Perhaps he was intimidated by the thought of ten-million armed veterans marching on the White House.


14 posted on 03/18/2009 6:19:38 PM PDT by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot child is in charge!)
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To: AndrewWalden

This admin is becoming a three ring circus.


15 posted on 03/18/2009 6:23:34 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: reg45

Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his countrymen.
—George Washington


16 posted on 03/18/2009 6:23:37 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: pnh102

What does he mean “off the table” Since he lies about everything I don’t think we have seen the last of this. It will be sneaked in the middle of some bill signed before people can read it and then it will be law. For zero to even think of this reinforces how anti-military the current White HOuse occupant is. God help the USA!


17 posted on 03/18/2009 6:25:55 PM PDT by jesseam (Been there and done that!)
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To: AndrewWalden
Teh Oabam Amdisteration:

Winning military support, one service member at a time. /S

18 posted on 03/18/2009 6:29:08 PM PDT by 444Flyer (Don't beLIEve Obama.............................Never give up, never give in, never give out!)
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To: Batman11; nutmeg; Dutchy; blue-duncan; Andonius_99

In connecticut, they floated taking over local Catholic Chuch leaderships, assisted suicide, and now they are floating transgeneder bill of rights

they are testing the waters nationwide


19 posted on 03/18/2009 6:29:15 PM PDT by RaceBannon (We have sown the wind, but we will reap the whirlwind. NObama. Not my president.)
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To: AndrewWalden

Excellent.


20 posted on 03/18/2009 6:30:22 PM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: Batman11

“This was too easy.”

Right. They ought to know that the “plan” was OUTRAGEOUS!


21 posted on 03/18/2009 6:30:28 PM PDT by Twinkie (Obama is NOT Reagan !)
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To: AndrewWalden

Gee you think perhaps that the phone calls to the WH and capital might’ve come in droves? Or were they afraid that the WH mgth actually be surroundedd by angry vets?


22 posted on 03/18/2009 6:31:27 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: pnh102

I am getting sick of this regime’s unAmerican trial balloons.


23 posted on 03/18/2009 6:32:41 PM PDT by omega4179 (Look out below! Thanks Obamanomics.)
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To: AndrewWalden

This didnt get enough exposure to the public before they buried it.


24 posted on 03/18/2009 6:33:13 PM PDT by mylife ( The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: AndrewWalden

It just shows that pressure from the people is what he is more worried about. Keep up the pressure on everything.


25 posted on 03/18/2009 6:34:07 PM PDT by RC2 (http://www.youtube.com/user/Funbobbasso)
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To: TaMoDee

Oh. . and when the far left liberal weenies who can’t shoot a slingshot are looking down the barrel of a gun toted by a member of a foreign invading army, they’ll be screaming for a marine to save them. Metrosexuals my foot.


26 posted on 03/18/2009 6:34:18 PM PDT by Twinkie (Obama is NOT Reagan !)
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To: Texas Eagle

Yep.

Keep an eye on ‘em. Since they couldn’t get through the front door, they’re headed around back.


27 posted on 03/18/2009 6:34:23 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: reg45

...and those who’d be coming back from Iraq ... I’m scared of this guy ...


28 posted on 03/18/2009 6:35:50 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 2111USMC

Yep...trust but verify!


29 posted on 03/18/2009 6:35:59 PM PDT by rangerwife
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To: AndrewWalden

I think the next proposal will be for the troops to buy their own ammo. Pilots will be required to pay for fuel for their planes.


30 posted on 03/18/2009 6:36:05 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Librerals are more dangerous to liberty than terrorists.)
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To: CondorFlight

I love that one. Thank you for posting it.


31 posted on 03/18/2009 6:37:03 PM PDT by rangerwife
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To: AndrewWalden

Uh, Obama: doncha think mebbe you shoulda talked to the military guys BEFORE you announced your big idea?


32 posted on 03/18/2009 6:39:49 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Good riddance, UAW.)
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To: AndrewWalden

The result of PRESSURE. Keep it up, peeps! Stay EVER vigilant!!!!!!


33 posted on 03/18/2009 6:44:57 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama dozed.....people froze.)
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To: synbad600
Are Secret Service men considered part of the Armed Forces?

No. They've historically been part of the Treasury Department, although I don't know where they landed after the big homeland security shakeup after 9/11/01.

34 posted on 03/18/2009 6:47:02 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Elections have thousands of consequences. Some minor, some major...and some that can kill you.)
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To: Wolfstar

That’s right. I knew that now that you mention it.


35 posted on 03/18/2009 6:49:40 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: synbad600

As an aside, I suspect that the SS agents are truly earning every dollar these days with this turkey to keep track of.


36 posted on 03/18/2009 6:51:04 PM PDT by dk/coro
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To: chris_bdba

No, I don’t. I think that they will slip it in quitely later on.


37 posted on 03/18/2009 6:51:06 PM PDT by sport
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To: AndrewWalden
White House drops plan to bill disabled veterans for care...this guy is psychotic.....
38 posted on 03/18/2009 6:51:53 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: synbad600

As an aside, I suspect that the SS agents are truly earning every dollar these days with this turkey to keep track of.


39 posted on 03/18/2009 6:52:50 PM PDT by dk/coro
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To: AndrewWalden
Is anyone keeping track of all the proposals/leaks/trial balloons/goofs that the Obama administration reverses itself on?

In and of themselves, the proposals are asinine. The line of reversals makes it look like we're ruled by The Keystone Cops.

40 posted on 03/18/2009 6:53:45 PM PDT by FourPeas (I am the pink flamingo on the great lawn of life.)
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To: AndrewWalden
No. This shows how incompetent the Obama admin is. They are throwing things
out there to test the wind direction.
This shows they haven't a clue what to do, acting very dangerous,
and are capable of marshal law just because of an outraged population.
41 posted on 03/18/2009 6:55:17 PM PDT by MaxMax (RINO=RAT!)
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To: AndrewWalden

The decision to drop the idea was announced by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at a meeting with veterans groups after the meeting with Emanuel.


The White House didn’t drop the idea(Nancy did) so be alert for further clouded movements.


42 posted on 03/18/2009 6:57:53 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: Jeff Head

You are absolutely correct.

NEVER, EVER forget this.

To even think of doing something like this to our veterans is unthinkable.


43 posted on 03/18/2009 6:59:14 PM PDT by GOP_Lady ())
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To: Jeff Head

You are absolutely correct.

NEVER, EVER forget this.

To even think of doing something like this to our veterans is unthinkable.


44 posted on 03/18/2009 6:59:35 PM PDT by GOP_Lady ())
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To: AndrewWalden

Barack Obama hates and despises this country. He has made one blunder after another since he was sworn in. I think that this demonstrates the basic incopetence and irrationality of the left, from obama through the morons in the leadership of the Democratic Party.

It is just a shame that the Republican Party has proven itself to be little better. As Obama escalates his Marxist attack on the American people we are approaching a crisis in America that may result in armed conflict in the streets.


45 posted on 03/18/2009 6:59:43 PM PDT by SkipW
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To: jesseam
True. I don't believe for a second that Obama won't screw over the military every chance he gets. I am fully confident that his eventual socialist health plan will “cover” everyone except for the military.
46 posted on 03/18/2009 7:00:22 PM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: pnh102

“No one can call themselves patriotic and support such a disgusting idea”

No one can call themselves patriotic and support such a disgusting excuse of a president.

There, fixed.


47 posted on 03/18/2009 7:05:11 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Christian and armed)
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To: SkipW
Bill Sammon was on BOR tonight, talking about this plan.

He mentioned that his son just finished a tour of duty in Iraq.

Sammon said this was the most politically tin ear piece of legislation he can remember.

48 posted on 03/18/2009 7:06:19 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: SkyDancer

I don’t know if I fully understand the motives of the Trash in the White House for this.

What was the endgame?


49 posted on 03/18/2009 7:08:34 PM PDT by Boiling Pots
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To: AndrewWalden

My theory - tell me if I’m off base here:

1. Obama messes with veteran benefits.
2. Less people want to join military, knowing this administration won’t respect their service or take care of them if they are hurt.
3. Military numbers dwindle.
4. Obama uses this as an excuse to reinstate the draft. (Didn’t he say that, if we go to war, “we ALL go to war” ??)


50 posted on 03/18/2009 7:09:48 PM PDT by Savagemom (Educational Maverick (at least while homeschooling is still legal))
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