The Jury Talks Back

3/16/2009

Obama to provide for Gaza rebuilding … but not for injured American vets

Filed under: Uncategorized — aunursa @ 8:40 pm

The Obama administration has pledged more than $900 million to help rebuild the Gaza Strip, whose devastation by Israeli forces was precipitated by a series of Hamas rocket attacks on the Jewish state.  The money will be distributed through the UN and other groups.  For anyone who believes that Hamas will not get its hands on the aid and turn American taxpayers’ dollars into bombs and weapons, I’ve got a bridge spanning the Golden Gate I’d like to sell you.

Meanwhile, the President has decided to outsource on the national commitment to military veterans who suffered disabilities and other injuries related to their service.  The administration plans to require private insurers to reimburse the government for such treatment, which would likely make it more difficult for current and future military personnel to obtain private medical coverage.  Obama expects to save $540 million with the plan that reneges on a commitment the country makes to those who risk their lives in order to protect our liberties.

As expected, the American Legion is furious.  In a letter to the President, the veterans group stated, “There is simply no logical explanation for billing a veteran’s personal insurance for care that the VA has a responsibility to provide.”  [emphasis added]

We can’t afford to pay $540 million to care for veterans injured while protecting us from terrorists, but we can afford to throw another $900 million at a terrorist-infested land that hates America!

This would be a perfect juxtaposition for a Republican Party ad campaign designed to increase the momentum of Obama’s slipping approval ratings; it would surely appeal to independents and moderate Democrats.  Do Republican leaders still have a light on?  Or perhaps it could be distributed in the talking points to the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy…

6 Comments

  1. Short and not so sweet. Obama is spitting on the Military.

    Will White House Aides start spitting on officers in uniform doing their duty?

    I haven’t seen a newspaper pick up the story yet.

    Again, who says Democrats are patriotic to the US???

    Comment by PCD — 3/17/2009 @ 4:25 am

  2. This is being widely discussed in the blogsphere:

    Hot Air – American Legion commander “angered” after meeting Obama

    BlackFive – There’s Going to Be a War Over This

    PowerLine Forum – “The One” Wants War-Injured Vets to Pay For Their Own Medical Care (UPDATED: 16 March)

    The comments being left at the various threads are instructive. Even if this is only a “trial balloon”, people are upset that it is even being mentioned.

    (Full disclosure: I post at all of these fora as either ‘cvproj’ or ‘Rusty Bill’)

    Comment by cvproj — 3/17/2009 @ 6:03 am

  3. Click on my name to see the short post I posted early this morning on this.

    Comment by PCD — 3/17/2009 @ 8:01 am

  4. I’ve left comments at a couple of milblog sites; this is insane. I’m a vet with a service-connected (non-combat) disability that would have probably run out my lifetime medical benefit under a private medical insurance, and it’s left me with a pile of pre-existing condition disabilities and disqualifications for coverage. The military and VA gave me (at least) superb medical care, although the paperwork …

    If I was a bit more paranoid, I’d think that this was a scheme to destroy the voluntary military and bring back the Draft.

    Comment by htom — 3/17/2009 @ 8:23 am

  5. That would be a valid surmise since this has been a goal of Charlie Rangel, the tax cheat, for years.

    Comment by PCD — 3/18/2009 @ 7:42 am

  6. This balloon seems to have been deflated, at least for now. I’m sure it will be back, though.

    Comment by htom — 3/19/2009 @ 9:43 am

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