Republicans Seek To Cut 1.3 Million Vets

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    Republican’s War on Veterans Benefits Continues

    by Ben Krause

    Remember Michele Bachmanns’s attempted $4 billion cut from disabled veterans compensation? Well, “they’re ba-ack…” Except this time they are looking to cut away at our VA healthcare.
    Republican Paul Ryan and the House of Representatives are looking to end VA healthcare for over 1.3 million veterans who are Priority 7 & 8. These veterans are the least disabled veterans using the system, usually with disability ratings of 0 percent or no service-connected disability. According to the Congressional Budget Office “Option 35,” the cuts would leave 130,000 veterans with no healthcare alternative. This means veterans with conditions not recognized by the VA, like certain diseases from Agent Orange exposure, would have to pay for healthcare out of pocket if they had not other service connected disability.
    Currently, the VA spends over $4 billion yearly to treat these vets, despite co-pays intended to offset the expense. Ryan’s cuts are intended to save $6 billion off the VA’s tab and $62 billion over the next 10 years. Instead of merely increasing the co-pay or taxing Wall Street, Congress wants to just cut your benefits out, all together.
    Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is fighting the across the board cut because many of the veterans in question have come to rely on VA healthcare over the years. In times when healthcare costs are astronomical, these veterans will go without the care they were promised, if the proposal becomes law. DAV voiced additional concerns that this attempt is just the start of a gradual and specifically focused erosion of veterans’ benefits.




    Update: the cuts discussed above did not make the “markup.” Once the topic was run up the flagpole, public outcry caused the House to go back to the drawing board. Instead, the House cut spending for the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims by half of the requested funds from the White House. This court is one of the last resorts for veterans’ disability appeals. Meanwhile, they did allow funding for the VA to police the hand washing of its employees using RFID technology. So while veterans may not get the care they need or the disability rating they deserve, VA employees will not have pee on their hands. At least the government contractor responsible for implementing the system will get paid.
     
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    First they want to do away with funding for the "Special Olympics" and now "Veterans?

    Where is the "revenue"? Where is the "investment"? They don't have a clue on how to make money, other than sell their services to the richest millionaire or the biggest company.

    Wonder how many tax cuts you can give millionaires by cutting programs that help Americans who are least able to help themselves?
     
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    Ahh that support for our veterans.
     
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    I knew they would do this.

    Every war they are all gung ho and scream about not supporting the troops right up until its time to take care of them post war.

    How can anyone think like that?

    This plus the false outrage about the latest personal scandal and their reaction in light of their OWN peoples "mis steps" being largely ignored makes it very hard to not think of the right as completely morally bankrupt.
     
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    What happened to the Dole/Albright comission on improving Veterans care? And Bush's promise to improve things?

    LOL I just got negged for this factual question.
     
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    When I pointed out that when Republicans sent our young soldiers to Iraq with old and rusty equipment, then were hesitant to buy new equipment, right wingers on this very board said there wasn't time to get modern equipment. Even Rumsfeld said you have to use what you have.

    Then there was John McCain who said you have to limit benefits, otherwise, soldiers won't stay in the military. No, because they will want to go to college or buy a home.

    And this is the party constantly accusing Democrats of being "soft" and "unpatriotic". Too bad they were softer on Bin Laden than on our soldiers.

    Oh, that's right. The current Republican party complains about about helping those from Joplin. They don't want to spend the money, not when there's a needy millionaire that needs to be taken care of. We should have been clued in by what they did after Katrina. No wonder they call the President names. To take the focus off of their destructive plans. It won't work forever.
     
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    Rumsfeld to GIs’ families: I’m not Santa Claus
    Secretary of Defense responds to criticism over extending Iraq deployments (no wonder the press was barred)

    Rumsfeld: I

    Complaints Of Soldier Who Confronted Rumsfeld

    President Bush told reporters Thursday that he sympathizes with the concerns of Tennessee National Guard Spc. Thomas Wilson, who confronted Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Wednesday during a question and answer session after a rally in Kuwait.

    Wilson drew applause from the 2,000 troops who attended the rally when he asked Rumsfeld while troops in Kuwait awaiting deployment to Iraq "have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles? And why don't
    we have those resources readily available to us?"

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    Republicans say, "But those are the guys we elected into office to express our views, they don't really express our views".
     
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    I got negged for my OP, and the Veteran hating coward couldn't even say why!!!
     
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    The Congressional Budget Office's "Budget Options, Volume 1, Health Care" that contains this "Option 35" was released in December 2008. Who was running Congress then?
     
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    Right on! And people claimed the GOP wouldn't do anything worthwhile. I guess they were wrong. Go Boehner! Go Bachmann!
     

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