Thursday, March 26, 2009

What is this guy thinking?

So, our Dear Leader has recovered from his attack of complete dumb-assness and reversed his earlier decision to have veterans pay for their injuries with their own private insurance. Does the current administration have no one in charge of discussing plans with the President? Am I to believe that a well-oiled political juggernaut like the Democratic Party is letting a junior Senator from Illinois make decisions about policy on his own? This is the blind driving the retarded to school, while taking directions from a deaf guy whose parents were cousins. President Obama continues to shock and surprise America with his complete lack of understanding that his actions have ramifications on the national scene. He operates as if he is deciding what to put in his kid’s lunches, instead of taking away health benefits from American Veterans. In a time of dire need, he is trying on policies like khakis at The Gap, looking for something that will make his ass look good, or solve our myriad social, political, ethical and economic problems. Priceless, simply priceless. This is what you wanted America. I remind you that you chose to drink the Kool-Aid.

From Fox News- President Obama, after an uproar by veterans groups, has scrapped a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs for the treatment of troops injured in service.

“In considering the third-party billing issue, the administration was seeking to maximize the resources available for veterans," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday in a written statement. "However, the president listened to concerns raised by the [veteran service organizations] that this might, under certain circumstances, affect veterans' and their families' ability to access health care.

“Therefore, the president has instructed that its consideration be dropped," Gibbs said.

Obama met with 11 veterans service organizations on Monday and explained his plan to increase funding for Veterans Affairs by $25 billion over five years and bring more than 500,000 eligible veterans of modest income into the VA health care system by 2013.

But the American Legion, the nation's largest veterans group, said the president's plan would have increased premiums, made insurance unaffordable for veterans and imposed a massive hardship on military families. It could have also prevented small businesses from hiring veterans who have large health care needs, the group said.

The American Legion applauded Obama's decision to drop the plan on Wednesday.

“We are glad that President Obama listened to the strong objections raised by The American Legion and veterans everywhere about this unfair plan," Cmdr. David K. Rehbein of the American Legion said. "We thank the administration for its proposed increase in the VA budget and we are always available to assist by providing guidance to ensure a veterans health are system that is worthy of the heroes that use it."

The American Legion wants the existing system to remain in place. Service-related injuries currently are treated and paid for by the government. The American Legion has proposed that Medicare reimburse the VA for the treatment of veterans.

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