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Obama administration considers making veterans pay for their own treatment?

By - Mar 13th, 2009 12:01 pm
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Please say it ain’t so, Barry O.

Peter at The Underground Conservative brings to our attention a controversial plan, proposed by the Obama Administration, that would have injured veterans “paying for treatment of their service-related injuries using private insurance.”

From a CNN report, earlier this week:

“Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.

But the proposal would be “dead on arrival” if it’s sent to Congress, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, said.

Murray used that blunt terminology when she told Shinseki that the idea would not be acceptable and would be rejected if formally proposed. Her remarks came during a hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs about the 2010 budget.

No official proposal to create such a program has been announced publicly, but veterans groups wrote a pre-emptive letter last week to President Obama voicing their opposition to the idea after hearing the plan was under consideration.

The groups also cited an increase in “third-party collections” estimated in the 2010 budget proposal — something they said could be achieved only if the Veterans Administration started billing for service-related injuries.”

Veterans groups and certain lawmakers, including Democrats, are lining up in opposition to the plan. Yet, this week’s revelation begs the question: No matter how sacred, is anything off-limits with this administration?

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