A Big Slap In the Face to Our Veterans!

$900 billion to Hamas ... and nothing for our Veterans. OUTRAGEOUS!

The funny part is that people are missing the larger picture in all of this.

With all the veterans we have returning from war, the amount on disability will increase quite a bit.

This law will produce the following:

a: Companies will be less inclined to hire veterans due to their increase in health care cost

b: Health insurance costs will increase dramatically, pricing even more Americans out of the market.

c: Insurance companies will no longer be able to pay all the costs being leveled on them and go bankrupt.

This in the end will cause a great health care crisis that our present administration will exploit to demand that we implement national health care, and the sheep will comply.

Please, people need to start looking at the big picture ...


This may well be a gateway plan for the Administrations’ nationalization of health care to be forced on the nation.


Penny Wise and Disgusting (administration plan for private insurance for Vets)

JINSA |http://www.jinsa.org/category/1/6

March 17, 2009

We weren't going to say a word about bank, automaker or insurance company bailouts with taxpayer dollars; economics are not really our thing. But an administration plan to save $540 million by forcing civilian insurance companies to cover claims by military veterans for service-related injuries is beyond the pale. For our government to propose such a scheme at the same time it is spending BILLIONS with not much accountability is disgusting.

The idea surfaced in testimony by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki - a retired Army general who should know better. He told a Senate committee that the plan was "a consideration," and that "the VA's proposed budget for next year included it" as a way to increase revenue. But "a final decision hasn't been made yet."

President Obama, Secretary Shinseki and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel met with a group of veterans' organization leaders yesterday. The American Legion commander said he was "deeply disappointed and concerned" when the President reiterated the plan. The Legion points to several practical problems for the soldiers inherent in forcing their private insurance companies (which are supposed to pay for civilian-related medical care) to pay:

    • Depending on the severity of the medical conditions, maximum insurance coverage limits could be reached through treatment of the veteran's condition alone...leaving the rest of the family without health care benefits.


    • Many insurance companies require deductibles to be paid before any benefits are covered.


    • Private insurance premiums could be elevated to cover service-connected disabled veterans and their families, especially if the veterans are self-employed or employed in small businesses unable to negotiate more favorable pricing.


    • Some employers, especially small businesses, would be reluctant to hire veterans with service-connected disabilities due to the negative impact their employment might have on obtaining and financing company health care benefits.

But the real problem is not practical - it is moral, and the Obama Administration appears willing to sell out its moral obligation to our armed forces for $540 million.

Words fail us - and regular readers know that words almost never fail us.

If there can be $750 BILLION in the TARP program, including $50 BILLION for mortgage bailouts and $85 BILLION for AIG; if the government can spend $25 BILLION bailing out automakers; if Congress can think of EIGHT THOUSAND pet projects on which it wants to spend taxpayer dollars, how is it possible that the White House and VA think wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines should be asked for additional personal financial sacrifice?

Senator Grassley, speaking of AIG and others spending government funds on employee bonuses, said, "The first thing that would make me feel a little bit better toward them if they'd follow the Japanese example and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say, I'm sorry, and then either do one of two things: resign or go commit suicide."

He later said he didn't mean that they should actually kill themselves, but rather show some of the shame that the Japanese traditionally show when they have done something egregious. A little of the Japanese example would serve the President and the VA well, too.


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Veterans assail proposal to have private insurance plans pay for their service ailments

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March 17, 2009 | David Goldstein


Josie06 Josie06
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6 Responses Mar 17, 2009

Let's get real ... The area known as Gaza is recognized internationally as part of the Palestinian territories. Actual control of the area is in the hands of Hamas, the democratically elected de facto government.<br />
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Stay real here ... an know who's spending the money.

The money is not going to Hamas, it's going to GAZA <br />
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U.S. to give $900 million in aid to Gaza<br />
By Helene Cooper<br />
Published: February 24, 2009<br />
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WASHINGTON: The Obama administration intends to provide some $900 million to help rebuild Gaza after the Israeli incursion that ended last month, administration officials said Monday.<br />
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In an early sign of how the administration plans to deal with Hamas, the militant Islamist group that controls Gaza, an official said that the aid would not go to Hamas but would be funneled through nongovernmental organizations.<br />
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By seeking to aid Gazans but not Hamas, the administration is following the lead of the Bush administration, which sent money to Gaza through nongovernmental organizations. In December, it said it would give $85 million to the United Nations agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.<br />
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The United States considers Hamas a terrorist organization, and the Bush administration refused to have any formal dealings with the group.<br />
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The aid will include new spending as well as money already set aside for the Palestinian Authority, and it will be formally announced next week when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton travels to a Palestinian donors' conference in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, the officials said.<br />
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The aid, first reported by Reuters, would have to be approved by Congress, where many lawmakers are skittish about even appearing to help Hamas until it renounces violence and recognizes Israel's right to exist.<br />
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"None of the money will go to Hamas, it will be funneled through NGOs and UN groups," said an administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the aid before Clinton announced it.<br />
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The donors' conference in Egypt is seeking to raise close to $2 billion to rebuild Gaza, which was devastated by the three-week war with Israel. Some of the $900 million from the United States will go to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, officials said.<br />
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But even if the bulk of the money goes to Gaza, it will do little good unless Israel first opens the border crossing into the territory, said Daniel Levy, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, a research organization in Washington.<br />
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"It's a good effort, but the money can't be spent unless materials can get into Gaza," Levy said. "The next step is opening the border crossings, and that requires more than just signing a check."<br />
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Hamas has demanded the opening of the crossings as part of truce negotiations being conducted through Egypt. Israel, which imposed an embargo after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007, demands an end to rocket fire from Gaza, a halt to weapons smuggling and the release of a captive Israeli soldier.<br />
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After the donors' conference in Egypt, Clinton will make her first trip to Israel as secretary of state, Israeli officials said. She is expected to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister-designate.<br />
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Clinton is also expected to travel to Ramallah in the West Bank for meetings with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, and Salam Fayyad, the prime minister, whose Fatah organization is the principal rival to Hamas. Administration officials said it was unlikely that Clinton would go to Hamas-controlled Gaza.

i wish it was .... that could do a lot of good inside the USA.<br />
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news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090223/pl_nm/us_palestinians_clinton_4<br />
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The public should be insenced over this. It's an outrage!<br />
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Josie, I don't know where you came up with - $900 billion to Hamas ... Is this typo?<br />
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i pray it doesn't.<br />
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Former President Bush almost doubled the VA budget during his tenure ... it would be a shame to cut it and do this to our military.

I am in 100% total agreement with you on this one, Josie! It is absolutely reprehensible! It's as outrageous as the way they found the recovering troops being treated at Walter Reed and other places a couple of years ago. What a black eye this is to our government. I have written to take action about this issue. I don't see how this can pass.