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Friday, March 13, 2009

Let's See Someone Defend Obama on This One

Obama and his administration have been toying with the idea of forcing veterans and wounded Soldiers to use their private insurance to pay for combat-related injuries.

Veterans groups are warning President Barack Obama against going ahead with a possible administration move to charge veterans' private health care for service-related injuries.

I sincerely hope this is not a serious consideration.  The fact this would even be considered is unconscionable.  There is no good reason for this proposal.  First of all, wounded service members have already sacrificed their health, many for the rest of their lives, to ensure the freedoms of this country.  To tell them "now you have to pay for your own health care" is just adding insult to their already painful injury.  Frostbite nerve damage from Korea? Here's your bill.  Spinal cord injury from being shot down over Germany? Hope you can afford it.  Unbelievable.

I'm hardly a fan of VA hospitals as many have certainly heard the stories about having the wrong kidney removed in a surgery or doctors leaving their wrist watches sewn up inside someone, but for many people who served in the military, this is their only option for healthcare.

The irony of the whole situation is that the group possibly considering this is so gung-ho about nationalized medicine, giving everyone else in the country free healthcare, but we're going to make service members pay for their own? Oh and by the way, if healthcare is nationalized, exactly what private companies will be around to provide said health insurance?  What sense does this make?!  If we can't even afford to take care of our nation's heroes properly, how are we supposed to foot the bill for everyone else?

My first thought with this was "what private insurance?"  Many low-income service members rely on VA benefits for their healthcare and didn't get private healthcare when they could simply because they were promised these benefits when they signed up.  Not to mention it's the least we can do for people who have defended this country and lost their health because of it.

In addition, it would add to premiums on people in the military trying to get private insurance because of the high-risk nature of the military.

So, so far, the message I'm getting from Obama's America is "don't get a job, don't produce, don't try to rise above your station in life or better yourself in any way and you will be taken care of.  If you try to better yourself or earn more than we tell you to, you will be punished and all the layabouts will get your obviously ill-gotten gains."  That about right?



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