Monday, March 16, 2009

Obama's ultimate insult to the military

When I saw a news item over the weekend that the Obama administration was floating an idea to make service members' private medical insurance contribute to the cost of service-related injuries I didn't take it seriously. Surely, not even this president would dream of such a thing. Via Hot Air, I find that I misunderestimated the depths to which this administration would sink.
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.
Obama the candidate loved trotting out Iraq war veterans who said the Bush administration turned its back on wounded vets and didn't care enough about them. Obama the president, however, is taking that concept to a whole new level. That's change we can believe in?

Just a couple days ago, I received this in an e-mail from a friend and Vietnam vet:
A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of “Up to and including my life.”

That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.
Way too many people in this country, and one too many in the White House.

Update: The more I think about this, the more pissed off I get. A couple more points...if Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki opposes this idea, he should resign in protest. If he agrees, he should resign in disgrace.

And what of Ozeros's supposed "political genius"? Just how politically tone-deaf does one have to be to even give this turd of an idea more than a passing thought?

I don't believe for a second that such a plan would get through Congress, but it's just possible that people who supported Obama might see now who he really is. He'll always have his core of true believers, but this news could cost him a lot of supporters, if the MSM gives it wide enough coverage, which is obviously no guarantee.

Update II: Blackfive is calling on their readers to call their Congress Critter and voice opposition to this piece of shit. Certainly not a bad idea, but there's absolutely no way Congress will pass this, anyway. Better yet: write letters to the editor of your local newspaper. Get the word your local TV stations and demand they cover this. Make this steaming pile of crap stick to Obama so that everyone knows how he "supports the troops".

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