Apparently the new regime in Washington is taking their cue from the headless wonder. CNN reports that "the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance."
Like a lot of other things in the news lately, my initial reaction is, "they are kidding, right?".
No official proposal to create such a program has been announced publicly, but veterans groups wrote a pre-emptive letter last week to President Obama voicing their opposition to the idea after hearing the plan was under consideration.Let me see if I understand.
The groups also cited an increase in "third-party collections" estimated in the 2010 budget proposal -- something they said could be achieved only if the Veterans Administration started billing for service-related injuries.
We have an all volunteer army. Everyone who enlists does so willingly because of a desire to serve their country. They knowingly put themselves in harm's way. Their reward is . . . pay for your own damn health care.
Asked about the proposal, (VA Affairs Secretary) Shinseki said it was under "consideration."Under consideration. So this is one way Obamaman wants to save money and pull us out of a nosediving economy?
"A final decision hasn't been made yet," he said.