" There is simply no logical explanation for billing a veteran's personal insurance for care that the VA has a responsibility to provide. While we understand the fiscal difficulties this country faces right now, placing the burden of those fiscal problems on the men and women who have already sacrificed a great deal for this country is unconscionable." (news.yahoo.com)
Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion meet with President Obama Monday and tried to reason with him about the unfairness of this plan. Obama was unfazed in his lack of concern for former members of the military. After the meeting Commander Rehbein said,
"It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan," said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. "He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it."
"I got the distinct impression that the only hope of this plan not being enacted," said Commander Rehbein, "is for an alternative plan to be developed that would generate the desired $540-million in revenue. The American Legion has long advocated for Medicare reimbursement to VA for the treatment of veterans. This, we believe, would more easily meet the President's financial goal. We will present that idea in an anticipated conference call with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel in the near future.
"I only hope the administration will really listen to us then. This matter has far more serious ramifications than the President is imagining," concluded the Commander.(news.yahoo.com)
With the Obama Administration's lack of concern over record deficit spending, it is hard to rationalize why they would insist on this unfair plan to save only a $500 million. Most likely, this is payback for lack of veteran and military support for Obama during the 2008 election.