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?