Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Obama Administration's kick to veterans

According to various published reports, the head of the American Legion and the leaders of other veteran organizations are upset about a plan the Obama Administration has for charging a soldier’s private insurance company for a soldier’s serviced related health care.

While there is no doubt some well meaning money cruncher came up with the idea, it is a kick to wounded veterans. Throughout the history of the United States, there has always been an understood obligation for the country to pay for the care of those who are injured or otherwise obtain health problems in connection with service to the United States. To so many Americans, paying for such is a matter of sacred honor. For that group, there is no price on honor.

Sacred honor aside, it also hurts soldiers with their personal financial lives. Suppose a member of the National Guard goes to Afghanistan and is injured in combat. As a part time soldier, that guardsman likely would have a private insurance policy with his full time employer. If the Department of Veteran Affairs demands that private insurer to pay for the guardsman’s health care costs, then that information goes to a database insurance companies look at. Chances are if that guardsman tries to get private insurance, he will find it difficult to obtain or be forced to pay higher premiums. With the myriad of state laws on insurance, it is difficult to truly measure if and how much those who sacrificed for the country will be punished for doing so.

It is puzzling why the Obama Administration would move to make such heroes exposed to any punishment for their service. While one certainly hopes that the Obama Administration is making its move based upon the best of motives, the results could be devastating for those who America owes the most to. While Obama supporters will likely contend it is making big insurance pay, the result will hurt veterans.

Indeed, VUI completely agrees with American Legion Commander David K. Rehbein, who stated, "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!"

Amen, Commander Rehbein, amen.


  1. This is a cheap shot against my President, cracker. My President is not going to send brothas and sistas to die because of some cracker ass President's daddy.

    Besides, what are you bitching about cracker? Most of those who get that VA benefit are good for nothing Southern crackers who were too dumb to anything else but join the army. My President knows how dumb those crackers are and knows that ain't got nothing but the military. Might as well make that cracker insurance pay for their cracker asses. It is time you crackers paid up your bills.

    War heroes my ass. My President knows you crackers have attacked people of color for years and years. Now, he is making your cracker asses pay for it and you don't like it.

    But, you better learn to like it crackers, because my brotha Barack is the President and he is going to take to your cracker asses. Honor that bitches.

  2. The American Legion supports and honors those of America's military from all cultures and color...

    "Obama Man said" is one confused individual, who dishonors America's history and one who would never be qualified to protect and serve our nation. Others must protect his ignorance!

  3. Brian, I know that I am about to get bent on this jerk, so edit if you must...

    You know...I read my cousin's blog for his in site, and the occasional chuckle at the inept and asinine comments. It seems that there is no shortage of "Stupid" in the South.

    But today, "Obama Man," you have taken the cake.

    I hope someone knows you, and stomps the ever-loving shit out of you. Today.

    You deserve it, you piece of crap.

    What you don't deserve is to live in the very country that many have died for, just to give assholes like you the right to be an idiot.

    Barry Hussein Obama would single-handidly destroy this country if it weren't men and women of valor, honor, and courage to fight, both for this country, and possibly against him.

    And for the record, your "President" doesn't give to shits about you.

    Nor do I.

  4. I verified this trough the American Legion website and I am apalled. What is the President thinking on this? Why is everyone in the mainstream media so worried about AIG when this kind of thing is being to done to those who gave so much to the country?

    I was not all that worried about Obama. Now, I am. I am going to write him and my Congressman.

  5. Baghdad Class of 03March 17, 2009

    The VFW is standing against this as well.

  6. In the private sector, all medical costs for treating a worker injured on the job are to be carried by that company's workers' comp insurance provider.

    To suggest that those who go above and beyond the call of duty deserve less medical care than those they protect - that's inexcusable.

    If you're free, thank a vet.

    If you're a vet who can't get health care, thank one of those "Veterans for Obama".

  7. Obama has bowed to pressure from veteran's group to drop this stupid idea of not honoring our obligations to veterans!!!

    I know that our President admitted to drug use as a youth... but I am kinda wondering is he still smoking some of that Mexican sinsemilla???

  8. I am glad to learn that the Obama Administration is not going to go with this idea.

    Again, some number cruncher came up with it without thinking.

    If the President does in fact nix the idea once and for all, I give him credit for being smart enough to understand how dimwitted the idea is.