Obama to charge for healthcare for wounded soldiers?

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    I'm trying to read the headline that Drudge has which reads:

    Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment...

    Which basically means our soldiers have to pay for their healthcare.

    Now I click over the link, here:

    The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment

    The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment

    Again, same interpretation.

    Now I read the first paragraph:

    WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.

    So in this instance, Blue Cross/Blue Shield would have to pay the medical bills.

    The article does not say who would pay the private health insurance company.

    Do soldiers have to pay a monthly premium on their own health insurance right now? If so, would this save a soldier money? If they don't have to pay health insurance, and Obama's plan is going to force them to pay health insurance, well that's a TERRIBLE idea. Why should soldiers have to pay for private health insurance when private citizens will soon be able to pay for public health insurance.

    This article isn't very well written and it needs more information.
     
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    i read it too- seems a weird mix -long on outrage and short on details - it looks like if a military person has insurance the VA will ask the insurance company to take on some of the cost-it looks like either way the soldier isnt paying


    either their insurance pays or the VA pays- where people are getting that soldiers have to pay sounds like hackery.
     
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    the private insurance will turn around and increase the premiums the veteran pays. as the article mentioned, if the disability is significant enough; it could max out the veteran's total max payout and then the family will be without insurance.

    There are enough veterans in Congress, both democrat and republican, to ensure the veteran is not having to pay for service related injuries.
     
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    This has got to be the dumbest thing yet I've seen the idiot in chief propose!
     
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    Health insurance companies don't insure Veterans. They get their insurance through the government.
     
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    Is he right? Well, as usual, partly. I heard this a few minutes ago on rant radio. Shaun Hannity was going on about how Obama wants injured vets to pay for their own medical care.

    As soon as I got home, I checked it out. This is the rest of the story:

    Veterans Groups Blast Obama Plan for Private Insurance to Pay for Service-Related Health Care

    OK, so now you and I both know all of of the story.

    What do you think? Of course, asking injured vets to pay for their own care is unthinkable, unconscionable, and never going to happen. What about asking the insurance companies to kick in?

    I say no, it's wrong to ask private insurance to pay for war related injuries. What do you say?
     
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    It is wrong, those men and women served this Country, regardless of how one feels about the conflicts we are in, these servicemen need to be cared for....by our Government!
     
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    that is essentially saying that the vets have to pay for it themselves, since they have to pay for that private medical insurance
     
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    Some of them do have private health insurance. Some are National Guard who are on leave from jobs that provide it. Some have spouses whose insurance covers them.

    Health insurance is not like car insurance that increases when you have a claim. The company isn't going to increase just the veteran's premiums, but all of the premiums for everyone.

    What could happen is that the veteran could max out his coverage. Most insurance plans have a lifetime cap of two million or so, and that much could easily be reached with a major injury requiring rehab. Were that to happen, then there would be no coverage for subsequent claims.

    The question I have is, how did the Obama administration come up with such a stupid idea? For one thing, it doesn't have a snowball's chance of passing. For another, even if it did, it wouldn't make a huge financial difference to the government. For a third, it just makes him look bad, look even more anti military than he already is perceived as being, and just plain makes people mad. It also gives his opponents ammunition to make the proposal look even worse than it actually is.

    Dumb idea, dumb!
     
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    As a former soldier I can tell you that there is a small amount <$100 taken out of military pay checks for health care, but as a disabled vet I can tell you that, for now, vets don't have to pay for health insurance as long as you are medically retired with a disability rating of 30% or higher. If you are given a rating of 0-20 you have to pay a deductible with your medical care.

    Now I know there will be questions about the 0% rating so I will explain it now. A 0% rating is given to someone with a (non-service disqualifying) pre-existing condition that was made worse or aggravated in line of duty.

    Now...On to the topic at hand. When I heard about our fearless leader's latest anti-military blunder I am not exaggerating when I say that I had to hold back tears and suppress the growing lump in my throat. I just cant believe that our president would turn his back on all of my fellow vets and I. I say this knowing that he has never had the absolute best interest of the military in mind, but I never thought it would go this far. I have had several friends fall in the name of their country, and it disgusts me to think that this is the mindset of the man that sends down the final orders. Especially when I read other articles that inform us that "The Mexican consul in Los Angeles proudly announced that nearly 300,000 Mexicans in the area have benefited from his government’s health referral program." Yes these are "MEXICANS" not Mexican-Americans. That means immigrants. So the government is willing to pay for the care of someone that has no claim to anything in this country, but turns it's back on vets? What sense does that make?

    Does anyone know of an active link to a video of this debacle? I live in D.C. and this being such a liberal area I would love to show a few voters how this whole "Change" thing is working out.
    Thanks in advance.
    Jimmy

    R.I.P. SPC Joshua Givens -I love you bro.
     

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