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I need absolute clarification on this please!!

What is the Presidents Plan on making private insurance companies pay for treatment of disabled veterans?

I heard about this on radio, I don't want to react without facts. Please provide me links.
Cody Heitschmidt
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5 comments:

  1. http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/17/obama.veterans/index.html

    This would not be a wise decision for Obama to pursue this.

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  2. Here's the deal-io so far as I have read it. They are considering charging any private insurance first. Just insurance. No out of pocket. Just insurance. The ones that are going to run screaming from this and should is the private insurance companies. They should be allowed to treat this like they do any work related injury, they turn it over to the employer's insurance, or in this case the VA Plan.

    No matter what they try to do, this plan is dead in the water. If the Insurance lobby doesn't kill it populist anger will.

    I don't see why Obama's staff would even float this idea. To cut the budget this has to be one of the biggest third rails out there. I haven't hear anything but speculation that he is planning this. I don't think he has said anything publicly. Which will allow him to now say "Who me? Never!"

    Just a weird non-story that will get everybody all pissed off for a day or two. I'm guessing some AIG execs started this one to get the attention away briefly...

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  3. Here's John Stewart's take on the whole thing (courtesy of the KC Star)

    http://www.kansascity.com/637/story/1093180.html

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  4. Going along with the link Aaron posted:

    1. Most private insurance contracts exclude pre-existing conditions which really means this plan wouldn't fly on that alone.

    2. If the government changes the requirements for private insurance companies to cover service related pre-existing conditions, it'll backfire on veterans and especially wounded vets. Employers will hesitate to hire vets if it means their company/corporate insurance policies will rise dramatically porportionate to an adjusted actuarial expectation.

    Either way, vets will be left out in the cold.

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  5. In my email box from the VFW:

    Jolene,

    VFW took swift and immediate action to protect our wounded and disabled heroes.

    As a result of the outcry from the veterans’ community, President Obama withdrew a controversial proposal that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to bill a veteran’s private health insurance for the care and treatment of service connected wounds and disabilities.

    Read VFW’s joint letter to President Obama (PDF)

    In his testimony before Congress this week, Glen M. Gardner Jr., VFW National Commander-in-Chief, made it absolutely clear the VFW is adamantly against a third-party billing system.

    Read the entire testimony here.

    Gardner also addressed other issues in his testimony such as:

    *
    the need for advanced VA funding
    *
    suicide awareness and prevention
    *
    increased traumatic brain injury research
    *
    women veterans’ health care needs

    The VFW applauds President Obama’s decision to honor the sacred trust America owes her veterans. Thank you for your continued support.

    Links in email:

    http://www.vfw.org/PR/Legislative/Joint%20VSO%20Letter%20to%20President%20Obama.pdf

    http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=news.newsDtl&did=4963

    http://donate.vfw.org/site/TellAFriend?msgId=10882.0&devId=10422

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