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This is how Barack Obama Upholds the Sacred Trust?

Yesterday it was reported that President Obama committed to "uphold the 'sacred trust' with those serving in harm's way abroad." Sounds inspiring. He must really respect the men and women who serve in our military risking their lives to protect our nation. That's what you'd think, at least. Typical of the inconsistencies between Obama's words and deeds, a policy that he's proposing will do anything but uphold the sacred trust with our military.

President Obama wants to shift the cost of treating our wounded warriors, injured while in the line of duty, from the government to third party insurance companies. For all intents and purposes, this places the burden of treating wounded vets directly into their own laps because insurance companies will eventually drop them or raise their premiums so high that those serving won't be able to afford to pay them. So much for that sacred trust business.

The head of the American Legion spoke with Barack Obama today in an attempt to convince the president that this is a terrible idea. He came away perturbed to say the least:

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.

"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."

The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, "This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ' to care for him who shall have borne the battle' given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm's way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America's veterans!"

Commander Rehbein was among a group of senior officials from veterans service organizations joining the President, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Steven Kosiak, the overseer of defense spending at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The group's early afternoon conversation at The White House was precipitated by a letter of protest presented to the President earlier this month. The letter, co-signed by Commander Rehbein and the heads of ten colleague organizations, read, in part, " 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."

What makes this so egregious is that at the same time he wants to offload the cost of treating wounded vets, President Obama wants health care reformed so more Americans fall underneath the umbrella government care. Why? Because he thinks health care should be a right. This is what he said during a debate with John McCain:

OBAMA: Well, I think it should be a right for every American. In a country as wealthy as ours, for us to have people who are going bankrupt because they can't pay their medical bills -- for my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they're saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don't have to pay her treatment, there's something fundamentally wrong about that.

Here's the video so you can watch it for yourself:

Let me see if I've got this right: dealing with an insurance company is simply below the dignity of the American people, yet it's just fine for the men and women of our military risking their lives to protect this nation and its citizens? To quote President Obama, there's something fundamentally wrong about that.

In order to see that health care is treated as a right for all Americans, he's going to need money and a lot of it. The $540 million dollars that he's banking on receiving by outsourcing our wounded vets' treatment is one way of making it, I suppose. But how will the American people, who are very protective of those serving in the military, feel knowing that their health care is being funded on the backs of our selfless warriors?

What the president fails to see, or maybe he does see this but just doesn't care, is that insurance companies most likely won't cover a military serviceman or servicewoman as they pose too much of a risk. And even if an insurance carrier does accept a military serviceman, his premiums most certainly be exorbitant it would make the policy very difficult for a military family to afford. The result? Our military men and women will find themselves paying for their own treatment themselves if they are wounded in battle.

I'd like to know where First Lady Michelle Obama stands on this issue since she is so "distressed by the plight of many military families who are struggling to keep their heads above the poverty line while the soldier, airman or marine of the family is in harm's way in Iraq or Afghanistan." Her husband's proposed policy will cost cause military families money they don't have and will compound the stress they already feel. How is this upholding the "sacred trust"?

And what about future warriors? Who will volunteer to defend this nation if one of the requirements is to pay for your own treatment if you are injured? A draft may have to be an option if the volunteer rate drops. Just imagine the government forcing men to enlist in the military and then making it their personal responsibility to pay for their treatment if they suffer any injuries.

Upholding the sacred trust is not the message the military is getting here. It's more like this:

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Milblogger Blackfive says there will be a war over this policy.

I expect the House and Senate will overwhelming reject this idea because it's out and out sick and disgusting; however, the American people, especially those who voted for Obama with the belief he supports and respects those who serve in the military, need to know how little regard or respect he actually has for the military.

Update: Many military organizations have voiced their outrage about Obama's money grab by making servicemen and women pay for their own treatment. What is the White House's response?

Roberts said that 11 veterans service organizations were told to come up with another plan if they didn't like this one. The groups met on Monday with Obama, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Office of Management and Budget defense spending chief Steven Kosiak.

"What we've been tasked with now is to raise this money through alternative means and we're supposed to have a conference call in two or three days ... with Rahm Emanuel. So the implication was ... you guys come up with a better idea or this is what's going to happen," Roberts said.

Update II: Locutisprime at Brutally Honest has a post that is a must read. As a Vietnam Vet, he has much to say about Obama's disdain for the men and women serving in the military.


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Comments (26)

Obamalala's disdain for the... (Below threshold)
MPR:

Obamalala's disdain for the military and what it does in order for our country to remain free knows no bounds. Obamalala would make a good proctologist. It takes one to know one. What a disgrace.

Hussein, the democrat party... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

Hussein, the democrat party and the rest of the left have nothing but contempt for the American military. This hasn't changed, especially as military members vote overwhelmingly for republican candidates. So as disgusting and perverse as this proposal might be, don't be surprised to see dems in the house and senate support it. The MSM will have to figure out a way to misrepresent the plan to the public. It will undoubtedly repeat any dem talking points received from the White House.

Those reservists like mysel... (Below threshold)
MSG Cotton:

Those reservists like myself that have employer provided health insurance know one thing for certain..when we deploy our companies drop us from the insurance rolls and the policies state explicitly that the insurance does not cover service in war zones.

SO when we return, we will have to reapply for insurance because while we are gone...we are NOT active employees.

$545M seems like such a small number compared to his other policies. Seems like he is trying to kill the military.

2010 is looking good for us...any democrat votes for this will have to answer this charge.

This makes my blood boil!</... (Below threshold)
TOhio:

This makes my blood boil!

How much more does Obama need to do for people to see that we've got an anti-America liberal in office that needs to be removed.

OK the douche wants to save... (Below threshold)
geo Author Profile Page:

OK the douche wants to save $550 million dollars by outsourcing wounded vets care. How about just dropping the $900 million he wants to send to Hamas to rebuild Gaza? that saves more than enough money and does not cause the heartburn of the American people really seeing what this administration has in mind for the rest of the nation. Stand by guys..this crap is coming in droves. I really think this is a distraction to avert attention from the real failures of the messiah and his demo comrades. He cannot win with this. Alienation of the military and the American people is not going to go far.

I cant believe that Obama i... (Below threshold)
LiberalNitemare:

I cant believe that Obama is stupid enough to think that he can make this fly.

Decietful and niave? Sure.
But not this stupid.

"....you guys come up with ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"....you guys come up with a better idea or this is what's going to happen,"

Translation: "We won".

Bastards!

Hey, all you Obamabot supporters. You want to chime in here about the wondefulness of your master.

What a lying lib POS, but t... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

What a lying lib POS, but then, most of us already knew that.

This does not just effect t... (Below threshold)
Stan25:

This does not just effect the wounded vets of OIF and Afghanistan, but the wounded vets of past wars and conflicts. The present VA administrator want this to be for all vets. The idiot who came up with this asinine crap is a Vietnam vet. This shameful display of ineptitude knows no bounds and will get worse as the years go by.

Fine. The Vets should come... (Below threshold)
Leigh:

Fine. The Vets should come back with a list of pork from Obama's "stimulus" bill, or earmarks from his omnibus spending bill, that can be cut. Then they should ask the American people which is more important, medical care for wounded vets, or the Buffalo Bill Museum in Wyoming.

Hey, all you Obamabot suppo... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hey, all you Obamabot supporters. You want to chime in here about the wonderfulness of your master.

......crickets chirping...........

There is NO WAY this could ... (Below threshold)

There is NO WAY this could ever possibly fly, unless the Obamanation just wants military personnel and vets to go without coverage for medical care entirely. As far as I am aware, (and this comes from over a decade in the insurance business) all medical insurance policies specifically exclude coverage for injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the military, or as a result of military action.

My husband, a Navy vet and father of a recently returned (healthy, thank the Good Lord) Iraq war soldier, is absolutely livid over this.

Once again, I underestimated the foul depths of the liberal mind. How can anyone have seriously conceived of this plan? And taken it seriously enough to allow a trial balloon to float? And even more importantly, how can anyone continue to support a President who thinks that this is a good idea? If you still support this President, then don't dare try to tell me how much you really support the troops because you are a lying hypocrite if you do.

If you still support thi... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

If you still support this President, then don't dare try to tell me how much you really support the troops because you are a lying hypocrite if you do.

You probably shouldn't say such awful things about all of the troops who support their President.

Shinsecki? What say you Mr... (Below threshold)
SShiell:

Shinsecki? What say you Mr Secratary of Veteran's Affairs? Are you going to stand by and watch this Obama-nation continue? Don't you know that once this passes, one of two things will occur: 1) Veterans will be denied civilian health care insurance because of the potential catastrophic risk to the insurer; or 2) The cost of said insurance will be astronomical.

Even when individuals leave the military, there is a mandatory 5 year commitment to the ready reserve and what Insurance Company will take the risk to insure a former military member if this is hanging over their head?

Where are you on this Shinsecki?

And where are all the Obama apologists/trolls out there? What say you guys about your hero screwing our fellow citizens in the military?

"You probably shouldn't say... (Below threshold)
STaylor:

"You probably shouldn't say such awful things about all of the troops who support their President."

And their reward for said support;
Hey guy's, if you get shot by some Jihadi you are going to have to pay for it; your fault for joining up in the first place. Hope and and Change unto you brother.

Obama understands perfectly... (Below threshold)
Lyn:

Obama understands perfectly that private insurers don't want to pay for the kinds of car wounded and disabled veterans require. Obama understands. He just doesn't care. He'll make a grand speech about how we must respect the sacrifices of our veterans and live up to our commitments, and then he'll turn right around and screw them.

This kind of betrayal is disgusting. I hope Obama fails. We should all hope he fails.

"You probably shouldn't say... (Below threshold)
Justpassingthrough:

"You probably shouldn't say such awful things about all of the troops who support their President."

He's the CIC, support has nothing to do with it.
They take a pledge to defend the Constitution and people not political parties.

I think its far more likely... (Below threshold)
LiberalNitemare:

I think its far more likely that Obama intends this as low hanging fruit for the republicans in the senate and congress.

The house and senate repubs will fight for this one (they pretty much have to.) It will make alot of smoke and noise, and theres no way they can lose but something else will be ignored or overlooked.

Obama is NO Commander-in-Ch... (Below threshold)

Obama is NO Commander-in-Chief of this military! How dare he think he is going to cheat our brave men and women out of my tax dollars!!! Gives our hard earned tax money to his militant police force ACORN, 900 million to Hamas, 40 millinon in his heatlhcare plan to go for healthcare for Africa! Who does he think he is!!!!!!!!! Raise your exemptions to 15!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We'll figure out next April down the line. We pay the bills in this country!

The time has come to rise up! This is our money and we better all be ready to fight for our Brave Warriors as they fight for us! Calling All The Clans Together!

This morning was the ultimate. On St Paddy's Day no less, he now announces he is Irish too! Without that birth certificate, he can be all thigns to all people! A donnybrook and shillelagh comes to me mind!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Calling All The Clans To... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Calling All The Clans Together!

I can think of one "c"lan that would be down with your sad little tantrum. But he is the Commander-in-Chief, so you might want to edit this before publishing it in your neighbourhood watch newsletter.

hyper - "You probably s... (Below threshold)
marc:

hyper - "You probably shouldn't say such awful things about all of the troops who support their President."

You better define "support."

If by support you mean to carry out legal orders issued by the commander-in-chief (lower case intentional) you're correct, they will.

If you mean support of this and other policies well, you're just gonna have to prove it.

Show me. Link a poll or other evidence that displays any support for this policy by military members.

So what do you think about ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

So what do you think about it, hyper? Or are you just here to cast aspersions?

Personally, I can't believe they're even considering this. I wonder how long they've been discussing this, what with all this transparency they've been promising.

How much longer do we have ... (Below threshold)

How much longer do we have to keep giving Obama the benefit of the doubt? I'm tired of pretending that I don't believe that Obama hates this country and the people who fight to preserve our way of life.
http://www.rightklik.net/

I think soldiers--and every... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

I think soldiers--and every other American--should have government-funded health care, Oyster.

And I can think Obama is wrong to disagree, without leaping to generalizations about what every single member of the armed forces thinks about him, as Kim did.

$540 million won't be a dro... (Below threshold)

$540 million won't be a drop in the bucket in comparison to the cost of a government-run health care system.

He is a disgrace!!!! These... (Below threshold)
Kristen:

He is a disgrace!!!! These men and women serve our country and protect all of us, including him! My father in law served over 25 years in the U.S Army and I could write a 2 page list of all his medical problems, which are a direct result of his time served. He wants to save money??? How about the 77 million dollars in bonus's that the AIG employees just received? Everyone's taxes keep going up and all this bail out money keeps getting handed out, and meanwhile the middle class people are suffering and losing their homes and jobs. Its disgusting, if I were him I would resign. He is a disgrace to this country.




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