Obama Stops VA Private Billing Talk

An update on this story:

President Obama yesterday abandoned a proposal to bill veterans' private insurance companies for the treatment at VA hospitals of combat-related injuries amid an outcry over the measure from veterans' service organizations and members of Congress.

The proposal would have authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs to charge private companies for treating injuries and other medical conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, that are related to military service. The measure was intended to save VA about $530 million a year, but the administration's pursuit of third-party billing sparked resistance from leaders of veterans groups, who met this week with Obama.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement yesterday that the president has "instructed that its consideration be dropped."

Saving a few bucks at the expense of making it near impossible for a Veteran to find work was not a very good idea, at all. Who would hire a Veteran knowing that it would skyrocket the insurance premiums for their company because they had to cover the costs of treating their injuries?

Never mind that it would be walking away from the real answer needed for everyone, Veterans and civilians alike: Single Payer Health Care.


Anonymous said...

WTF was he thinking anyway? Did he read an old post-it note from Shrub stuck in his desk in the Oval Office?

Connecticut Man1 said...

He is listening to the same right wing Democratic ANALysts that dumped on Clinton's policies way back when.

There will be some good things that will come out of the Obama admin. but ya still got to sleep with one eye open. Something Dems did not do when Clinton was president because they were too excited they had a Dem president.

Distributorcap said...

at least it was dropped ---

just goes to show in many ways - same old same old in DC

Connecticut Man1 said...

"just goes to show in many ways - same old same old in DC"

There is a difference this time around. We have an intertubes network to keep eyes out everywhere for what we can try and pressure into change.