If anyone thinks Barack Obama is respectful or even cares about America's heroes or the military should be shaking. Via Ed Morrissey, the Obama administration is planning on implementing a plan that came out last week, a plan to screw the heroes and private health insurance companies:
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.”
It is unconscionable that President Hope N. Change would dare to treat like crap those who defend this country with their hearts, minds, and bodies, all to justify Obama's attempted theft from the private sector. But this is just another show of the Obama administration's incompetence in everything it does, whether it's in the area of the military, justice, infrastructure, vetting, and so on; about the only thing where Obama has shown any talent is in the area of public relations for himself, and in that he gets free help from the leftist mainstream media in this country.
What this "plan" does, as noted by Morrissey, is outsource a moral obligation of the United States to the private insurance sector:
First, the United States has a moral obligation to provide treatment for those wounded in the service of their country.
It is one every American should recognize as part of the government infrastructure, one element of what our taxes pay for that should be embraced by all Americans. It's these heroes who guarantee the existence of the United States. Providing treatment to those heroes who have been wounded is a right they deserve, and not just a privilege. Yet Obama, like most leftists, wants to drop the government's responsibility, all to try to appear to be fiscally prudent, even as he and Congressional Democrats bury this economy in all kinds of new government spending.
What's worse is how some on the left see this. They will try to make the comparison that the government paying for the treatment of soldiers wounded in battle is a form of socialized medicine; Prof. Darren Hutchinson does so in a post that says the following:
Critics argue that a public plan would diminish competition and eliminate private insurance, lead to a single-payer system, and create a system of "socialized medicine." But the public payment of veterans' healthcare is indeed a public plan.
The deep opposition to "privatizing" the payment of veterans' service-related medical conditions demonstrates that the mere idea of having some sort of public plan is not antithetical to a free society.
In Hutchinson's mind, what the VA does is simply just an extension of public insurance plans currently in place in other sectors run by various levels of government. As can be seen, Hutchinson completely ignores the moral obligation mentioned by Morrissey. That is a problem.
But because he is the President, with a huge amount of power, Obama is doing something far worse, and doing so in order to wreck the private health insurance industry. Morrissey [emphasis from original]:
Second, vets with service-related injuries and illnesses can only get third-party insurance because insurers know the US will cover all service-related medical treatment through the VA. If the government reneges on that commitment, it will put insurers on the hook for veterans already enrolled — but it will make it a lot harder for the next set of veterans to get insured. It will also raise costs to the rest of the insured by those companies, when the burden should fall on all Americans equally.
What Obama is doing should be screamed far and wide in the harshest terms possible. Obama, a politician with power, is using that power in an immoral fashion, something that is a hallmark of a member of the left with real power (remember Rod Blagojevich?). Obama, and any other who supports this, needs to hear from all of us about what America's heroes mean to this country, and that it is a worthy endeavor for us taxpayers to support them when they are wounded after the government, and by extension the American people, has ordered them into battle to defend us.