One of the most shocking revelations to come out of the new administration is not the approved “pork barrel” laden budget or the highly skeptical stimulus plan, but the new proposal to have private insurance companies pick up the health care of battle injuries for our veterans instead of the government.
Yes, you heard me correctly; Mr. Obamas’s administration has a plan on the table to have private insurance companies like Blue Cross/Blue Shield and United Healthcare pick up the tabs for battle field injures from a gun shot in the butt to an amputated leg brought on by IEDs.
Isn’t it the government’s responsibility and fundamental promise to take care of our veterans when this great country sends these fine people to war to protect our liberties and way of life? If you answered yes, then why should the private sector pick up the tab? It wasn’t the insurance companies who sent these honorable individuals off to battle.
My guess is that proposal is the first of too many controversial spending cuts that this administration will try to implement as a way to pay for the monstrous spending programs that have been passed these last 50 or so days in office.
A better way would be to save money would be to eliminate or veto the enormous earmarks populating the new budget. Welcome to Mr. Obama’s “change.”.
Hass the White House considered what would happen if the private sector picks up the tab for veterans? I am betting that cost would be passed on to the consumer through increased premiums and increased employer costs. These added costs would damage an already frail health care system and economic situation.
I am not sure what the correct answer is to fix the health care our veterans are getting except by increase funding and providing less bureaucracy in managing the care which would improve efficiency.
However, having the private sector pick up the tab is not the answer. Give less money to the bailouts of GM, Citibank, Chrysler, and AGI and more money to our veterans. They are the ones that need it!