Veterans groups are noticeably and rightfully upset.
Veterans groups are angry after President Obama told them Monday that he is still considering a proposal to have treatment for service-connected injuries charged to veterans’ private insurance plans.
Leaders of the country’s most prominent veterans groups met Monday at the White House with Obama, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Steven Kosiak, the director in charge of defense spending for the Office of Management and Budget.
Some of the veterans groups were caught off guard when the president said the administration is still thinking about the idea as a way of generating $540 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2010. The groups and some members of Congress have been very vocal in opposing the idea.
The message, according to some of the people in the room, was that if the groups do not like this idea, they need to come back with another way of saving or raising revenue for the VA.
“I got the distinct impression that the only hope of this plan not being enacted is for an alternative plan to be developed that would generate the desired $540 million in revenue,” Cmdr. David Rehbein of the American Legion said in a written statement.
Obama and his buddies in the Congress have been spending like drunken sailors and American taxpayers will EVENTUALLY have to pay.
Although this issue may disappear, look for increased taxes or reduced Medicare/Veteran medical benefits to help reduced the national annual deficit or hyper-inflation returns – just like Jimmy Carter and the late 1970’s.