We hear plenty about AIG and their outrageous bonuses from taxpayer money. But, what we are not hearing are certain things on President Obama’s agenda that are of great concern to citizens, especially veterans of the military.
I have heard that he has quietly been considering the possiblity of having service-connected disabled veterans pay for their own medical and psychiatric treatment through their private insurance companies. Is this how a “grateful nation” treats the men and women who have been disabled, physically or mentally, by denying them government compensation for the injuries suffered while defending our country?
My husband has just such a service-connected disability, and if not for the care he receives through the VA, we could not afford the ongoing treatment he needs. Private insurance companies, and also Medicare set limits on certain areas of treatment of psychological disorders. I have been informed that this plan is now dead. However, there are many “plans” that may not come to our attention which would be detrimental to many of our citizens. It is important that we be ever vigilant about what is going on in Washington. After all, our government is supposed to be working for us, not the other way around.
Editor’s note: The White House announced March 18 Obama instructed “consideration be dropped” of a proposal to require private insurers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs for treatment of combat-related injuries. Such reimbursement is already required for treatment of non-combat-related conditions.