Obama want vets to pay for their health care, fact or fiction?

The VA scandal has brought back to the limelight the care of our nations veterans. Rush Limbaugh had a caller today resurrecting the story from March 17, 2009 in which the Obama Administration had floated the idea of forcing veterans to pay for their own health care – http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/05/22/flashback_obama_wanted_to_charge_wounded_veterans_for_treatment.

So our first caller of the day, Ralph, is really upset. He said he remembered me, or he thought it was me or Fox saying that when Obama was campaigning or first immaculated into office that he thought veterans, since they volunteer for service, should also pay their own health care.

CNN from March 12, 2009

“Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama [Regime] is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.”

This will have the pro-Obama crowd up in arms. He never said it! Urban myth! Here’s a story from Snopes doing a fact check – http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/veteranshealth.asp.

I received this in an e-mail. Is this true, did Obama say this?


The President admitted that he was puzzled by the magnitude of the opposition to his proposal. “Look, it’s an all volunteer force,” Obama complained. “Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn’t compute.”

“I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country,” Obama continued. “I wasn’t asking for blood — just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I’d have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation’s deficit. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans.”

President Barack Obama did not utter any of the statements reproduced above; the quoted example is a bit of fictional dialogue excerpted from a satirical piece by conservative humorist John Semmens which was published on his site on 21 March 2009.

So what really happened here? More from the Snopes piece.

The basis of Mr. Semmens’ satire was that, in conjunction with meeting with several veterans groups in March 2009, the Obama administration floated a proposal to save the federal government an estimated $540 million per year by billing veterans’ private insurance companies for the
treatment of their combat injuries and other service-related health problems. (Currently only non-service-related medical treatments are so billed.) The proposal would not have, as was often misreported, forced veterans to pay for the treatment of their injuries out of their own pockets or required them to buy private insurance.

So Obama will once again duck blame by claiming that the proposal being floated was for veterans private insurance companies and not the policyholder veterans themselves.

HELLO!!! Are we allowed to think here? Clearly any costs passed on to veterans private insurance companies will subsequently be passed down to the veterans themselves in the form of higher premiums. The insurance companies won’t simply eat these costs. Typical of any Obama proposal in which he promises to punish corporations (evil oil companies for example) by imposing fines and fees or other escalated costs, those companies will pass on as much as possible rather than simply absorb them.

Limbaugh will be skewered for mis-reporting the facts. The media will remind us that this was only a proposal and never became policy.

The truth is that had Obama gone through with it, it was politically toxic. Remember, this was in 2009 when the left controlled all 3 branches and it was still too poisonous to push through.

Now the left will go all out and make the leap tying the VA issues to Bush. Bush took us to war in Iraq and Afghanistan and created all of these VA backlogs or some similar story.

UPDATE***- As predicted, Pelosi delivers the goods – http://washingtonexaminer.com/nancy-pelosi-blames-george-w.-bush-for-veterans-affairs-scandal/article/2548784