Obama VA: Let’s charge vets for care on service-related injuries

posted at 10:57 am on March 12, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

If the Obama administration wanted to come up with the most politically offensive policy it could imagine, within the bounds of reason and reality, what elements would it have to include?  Insulting veterans and looking like cheapskates in a time when massive government outlays to private industry would certainly help it along.  Comes now Hero of the Anti-War Left, retired General Eric Shinseki, who wants to save a few bucks at the Veterans Administration by making men and women injured in the service of our country pay for their care:

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. …

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.

Asked about the proposal, Shinseki said it was under “consideration.”

“A final decision hasn’t been made yet,” he said.

Let’s see.  The same administration that wants to give tens of billions of dollars to GM, Citigroup, AIG, and a host of other banks and manufacturers wants men and women injured in service to their country to pay for the medical care that arises from these injuries?  In what universe does Shinseki and the Obama administration live, anyway?

And people used to complain that Bush didn’t care enough about veteran care – even though he increased the VA budget by 56% from 2001 to 2008.  Bush never offered the notion that the nation should shirk its duty to those who gave their health for the defense of America, especially not in the same week in which his administration signed a record omnibus bill with 8,000 pork items in it.  In fact, I don’t think any administration has ever signaled such a policy, mostly because previous administrations weren’t dumb enough to try it, let alone crass enough to consider it an area to save a little cash.

Obama said he wanted to bring bipartisanship to Washington, and he may succeed here — by annoying both Democrats and Republicans.  Patty Murray (D-WA) declared that any such suggestion would be “dead on arrival” in the Senate.  Richard Burr (R-NC) told Shinseki not to count on that revenue stream.  If Hope and Change means dunning wounded warriors, Capitol Hill will say thanks, but no thanks, in as united a voice as one can imagine these days.

It’s just another incompetent moment in an administration trying to set a record for them.

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How much you want to bet that when this get out through the Vets, we will be seeing a lot less “Right-Faces” around Obama, or some other subtle insult that the Liberals will never get and someone has to spoon feed the meaning to them.

It’s not even hatred, its contempt.

GunRunner on March 12, 2009 at 9:48 PM

Again, as I’ve been saying since the election, and as someone deployed overseas now:

America gave the military a big middle finger when they elected BO.

TTheoLogan on March 12, 2009 at 10:04 PM

I’m pissed — they better lay off this pathetic idea, our troops deserve all we can give them.

What a horrible horrible policy.

Richard Romano on March 12, 2009 at 10:06 PM

eerrrrrrr !!!

jerrytbg on March 12, 2009 at 10:10 PM

What do you expect from a CIC who thinks that they “air raid villages and kill civilians?”

Star20 on March 12, 2009 at 10:17 PM

I can’t wait till the military families tell Michelle exactly how they feel about this. Michelle Obama Visits Ft. Bragg

Another “tepid” reception?

PattyJ on March 12, 2009 at 10:24 PM

Just having a “thought” about doing this goes to proved how much Obama is willing to destroy America. This is getting really close to being the “last straw”.

fbcmusicman on March 12, 2009 at 10:26 PM

I just saw in Politico that Michelle Obama will visit Fort Bragg.

Supposedly military families are going to be her “signature issue”. This I will have to see to believe.

After her visit, which is being coordinated with the West Wing, the first lady will have a debriefing with the president to make sure that his polices are in line with what military families need, aides to the first lady said.
I certainly hope that some of those families bend her ear about this outrageous idea of Obama.

INC on March 12, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Her HIGHNESS???? Only just recently proud of her country???

She better not evah!! approach this USAF mom….

ladyingray on March 12, 2009 at 10:58 PM

Incompetence is indignant.

Entelechy on March 12, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Between this, getting rid of rules barring gays serving openly in the military, and the Obama administration’s considerations to subject service members to the ICC, I’m seeing a lot more reason for Obama to consider having “a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded [as our military].” Frankly, there won’t be anyone else left. Maybe that’s his plan… If the military can’t recruit nor retain its people, then he’d have all the justification he needs in order to bring about such plans.

Send_Me on March 12, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Send_Me on March 12, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Lock and load.

Johan Klaus on March 13, 2009 at 12:08 AM

My grandson, who was wounded in Afghanistan, and my USMC son have both said that will not re-up.

Johan Klaus on March 13, 2009 at 12:13 AM

ladyingray on March 12, 2009 at 10:58 PM

Blessings to you & your dear family! Thank you for being a patriot.

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2009 at 12:53 AM


AMERICAN VETERAN on March 13, 2009 at 3:19 AM

This might have been stated above, but the purpose of this policy is REALLY obvious: to advance the cause of socialised health care.

The argument goes like this: 1) the government doesn’t have enough to pay for its veterans’ health care, so 2) we are going to ask the vets to pay for it themselves, and, as this is horribly offensive, 3) the Left will point out how this wouldn’t be an issue if we had nationalised health care, since any American could get their injuries taken care of.

Of course, the total disconnect between 1 and 3 may be ignored. It’s our job to not get upset about this, but to hammer home to every single person who thinks that the government should take over our health care that THIS is what we can expect. If the government can’t meet its current obligations, we shouldn’t give it any more.

Roxeanne de Luca on March 13, 2009 at 3:59 AM

Roxeanne de Luca on March 13, 2009 at 3:59 AM




That was my first reaction as well. This is nothing more than a calculated move to get people thinking GOVT HEALTH CARE GOOD, PRIVATE INSURANCE BAD.

angryed on March 13, 2009 at 6:15 AM

Send_Me on March 12, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Roxeanne de Luca on March 13, 2009 at 3:59 AM

Both are valid points. In WI they are trying to pass a law that allows the governor to sue the President if he calls up National guard members for anything.
Adding up your ideas and a bunch of states that will not let troops serve for a President and Bingo the civilian national security force becomes much more attractive.

Gracelynn on March 13, 2009 at 7:46 AM

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. …

Hey! Why stop there? After a soldier is killed on the battlefield, he is of no further use to Obama. Let’s just leave him there or either make his family pay to ship the body home. Look at all the money we could save by eliminating all of those Military Funerals…money that could be redistributed to those who are deemed more needy.

For that matter, look at all of the valuable real estate going to waste at Arlington. The government could dig up the veterans there and convert the land to a more socially acceptable use.

Uniblogger on March 13, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Roxeanne de Luca on March 13, 2009 at 3:59 AM

They will, in their tone deaf arrogance, try to spin it that way but it will fail miserably.

You have to remember that the 0bamamessiah, Queen Nancy, Dirty Harry, their court heralds and jesters in the MSM and Hollywood and the rest of the Corruptocrat “royalty” have lived for decades in a gated community of the mind inside Corruptocrat machine controlled bleu states where the serfs vote as they are told to by their ward and union bosses. They have absolutely no knowledge of this country and the people who live in it, which explains why they simply do not understand that we are not cheering their stupidity that they claim they are doing for the “common good”.

However, their flunky congresscritters and senators who are not members of the “royalty” have to face the people of this country and are not “shoo-ins” to be reelected, either. Already you can see signs that these people are getting ready to bolt because they know that if they just go goosestepping along with the 0bamamessiah, Queen Nancy and Dirty Harry that their chances of getting reelected will be zero come this time next year no matter how much money and how many dirty tricks the Corruptocrats pull and no matter how many union and ACORN thugs they send to assist them.

Nahanni on March 13, 2009 at 9:17 AM

One other point in reference to my post of 9:17am….

Now you also understand why the 0bamamessiah has taken over the 2010 census personally. The mass migration of people out of the Corruptocrat economic and social basket case bleu states will radically shift the balance of power if the Corruptocrats can not “fix” it, as in skew the results to favor them.

The bleu states are going to lose alot of house seats and electoral votes if the census is done the “normal” way.

Here is a handy map for you.

If you want to see just how worried the Corruptocrats are just do a Dogpile search for “house and electoral seat losses projected by the 2010 census”. You will note that there are alot of moonbat blogers talking (and worrying) about it, in fact I had to go to page two of the search to come up with an article by Michael Barone about it.

Nahanni on March 13, 2009 at 9:39 AM

We know how Gen. Shinseki got into the military, now we know for sure how he made General, giving the politicians what they want to hear.

If this plan makes its way into a regulation or law he should receive the equivalence of a court martial – immediate dismissal.

As a retired G.I. the trust meter in our administration and its leaders is pegged at -10.

MSGTAS on March 13, 2009 at 10:39 AM

But, but, but, Michelle Obama was just on T.V. this morning saying she was “shocked” military families are on food stamps. Guess Obama sent out the honey to show how compassionate this administration is about the plight of the military??!!

Cheryl from Texas on March 13, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Frikkin’ Marxists.

May Hussein’s camel produce copious flatulence during copulation.

thaDeetz on March 13, 2009 at 11:29 PM