March 4th, 2009
09:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Vets object to billing private insurance for service injuries

Veterans groups say it's wholly unacceptable to charge their private insurance for service injuries.
Veterans groups say it's wholly unacceptable to charge their private insurance for service injuries.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Veterans groups are warning President Barack Obama against going ahead with a possible administration move to charge veterans' private health care for service-related injuries.

In a letter sent by 11 of the most prominent veterans organizations, the groups warned that the idea "is wholly unacceptable and a total abrogation of our government's moral and legal responsibility to the men and women who have sacrificed so much."

CNN obtained a copy of the letter sent to the White House last Friday by groups including The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Read the letter

A White House spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the option is being considered.

"The details of specific proposals will be transmitted with the full submission in April. The president has made it clear that meeting the needs of veterans is one of his priorities, and as a result has requested an 11 percent increase in discretionary funding for 2010, and the administration is actively working with the veterans community to ensure we get the details of this budget right," said White House spokesman Nick Shapiro.

In the letter, the groups said they have been told by sources on Capitol Hill and at the VA that the idea under consideration would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to bill health insurance for a treatment of a disability or injury that was a result of military service.

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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Annie

    I am on the Vet's side.....it is a disgrace to charge them for injuries they sustained while defending the freedom of this nation.

    The administrations attempts to charge the veterans is a slap in the face to ALL VETERANS !

    March 4, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. ijoe

    when are you people going to realize the repubs stir up these stories to created trouble,without any crerdible source!! come on people wake up.if it does,nt come from the presidents mouth then it's bull.

    March 4, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. A little sad

    @Billy Allen March 4th, 2009 10:23 am ET

    That man in the white house is so emotionally tainted, immature and inexperienced that he does not understand anything about real sacrifice for this country. Good luck, vets. I just hope things don't continue to get worse for you with this man in the white house.

    *********************************************
    Then why was Obama supporting increases in Veteran's benefits when McCain was against them?

    McCain didn't support increasing veteran's benefits because he was afraid that would encourage people who had ALREADY DONE THEIR PART to leave the service and enter civilian life. I guess 4-6 years sacrificed was not enough for him.

    13 members of my family either are in the service or are veterans (3 served in Iraq or are currently deployed there.) They were all appalled at McCains' attitude.

    March 4, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Ken

    Don't worry. The loving and generous Comrade Obma the merciful will save us all!

    March 4, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. still hoping

    Dear Mr President,
    Do you have any clue what you are doing or is Hillary, Biden, and countless others right is saying your were too inexperienced to be president?
    So far, sad to say they are right.
    If I were your boss, which technically I am, I would put you on probation pending job performance improvement. I know it's only been a short time, but all indications are you have no idea what you are doing and are in so far over your head that there is little chance of recovery.

    March 4, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Dear Vets,

    Dear Vets,

    It'll be ok b/c cutting your health care will benefit 95% of the Americans and 100% of the poor and lazy (sarcastic). Cutting Vet benefits is a big no no (even tho I’m not a Vet but can relate and understand why this is a BIG topic)... Then again, this should not come as too big of a surprise b/c remember during the election that most of people who disliked Obama are the elders (our Vets)! I guess he wants to pay you back for the love…

    March 4, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. john

    who cares about the stupid political war. if i had to listen to what every news cast had to say about any political view....it would drive me crazy!

    Every cable news organization has to fill the 24hour programing and at times they lose focus of the REAL news.

    Ever since the election, i've avoided cable news and my doctor has told me that my stress level has dropped. I wounder what would happen if I moved out of the Washington DC area?

    March 4, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. No Way

    Politics at work- White House needs Congressional IOU's and is willing to consider victimizing our troops for what??? NO WAY – Wrong way.

    We need Veteran groups to get more vocal through the media to kill this option

    March 4, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. KC

    Spitting on the Vets .... just like Vietnam.

    March 4, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. cal

    ijoe, kevin in ohio, billy allen coments

    You people are ranting and raving on an issues based on hear say. These 11 vet groups are men and women that fought for our country and I honor them always, however why in the hell would they send the President a letter based on hear say? If I were these vets i wouldn't send a warning to the commander and chief without gettig the facts straight.

    March 4, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. susie

    Obama pretends to care for the Vets.

    March 4, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Ray Fisher

    The VA shoved me to Medicare to cut costs but continuing to receive health care, I guess it is OK, no opinion upon any difference.

    March 4, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Gary

    ijoe, you are paranoid. The Republicans don't control the media or the stories that it prints. If this leaked info was completely false then the Obama administration would quickly and completely deny it, they would not say "no comment." Obama is looking for practical solutions to cover the Vets medical expense. I completely disagree with Obama on this issue, we need to take care of the Vets. We wasted $870 Billion on a pork filled stimulus package – – we need to first take care of our vets! Then we need to balance our budget! Then if there is money left over we can fund one of Nancey Pelosi or Harry Reid's pet projects. We seem to have our prioritites out of order in this country.

    March 4, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Amy

    We owe more to our vets than that. As mentioned in the article it may make them subject to denial for preexisting conditions. In addition, many private health policies have coverage exclusions for service related injuries.

    March 4, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Franky

    "Veterans groups are warning President Barack Obama against going ahead with a possible administration move to charge veterans' private health care for service-related injuries."

    Hey, is not our fault that a broken leg in combat costs 10x as much as a broken leg here in the states, our system is a joke! And quite frankly, if this is true, I do find it hard to believe that somehow or someway we are gonna tax this people for their injuries, little that people know that everything is connected. If we allow funding still for the military like normal business, of course health benefits can alter and so on. If we are wasting less, then maybe, just maybe, we can work on something else. But the most important aspect of this is balance. You can't have one way or the other, it'll be interesting how the military will be spent and so on.

    And health care by the way...is a flaw system, you heard me?? A flaw!!! We've checked it out and studies, me personally and I'm telling you, it is one of the biggest jokes I ever seen...

    March 4, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Hallie

    Obama hit the ground running on Jan 20, 2009. Oops, looks like he's failing at an amazingly rapid pace.

    March 4, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Rick

    Start the impeachment proceedings now. The community organizer is screwing up everything he touches.

    March 4, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Hawk

    Stop jumping to conclusions people

    March 4, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Steve (the real one)

    ijoe March 4th, 2009 10:35 am ET
    when are you people going to realize the repubs stir up these stories to created trouble,without any crerdible source!! come on people wake up.if it does,nt come from the presidents mouth then it's bull.
    --------
    Exactly where in this article does it state this was a republican scheme? I said before vets are dems and repubs, and independents too! As for you believing only what comes out of the President's mouth... You do realize he IS a politician, right?

    March 4, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Ohio Man

    would be nice if some of you would read the story instead of looking at the pictures before you comment ... it says "the groups said they have been told by sources on Capitol Hill and at the VA " .... please read first... as we all should know by now reading is fundamental

    March 4, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Griff............... on The Truth...

    This Guy is Exporting more, Than the USA did in Life's History.
    They call it the American Liquidation of all accets..

    March 4, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. Mike Syracuse, NY

    While Michelle Obama is doing fake photo ops with military families, Barry is gutting Vet benefits and the military budget that provides our servicemen and women the tools they need to defend the country. Liberals hate the military, always have and always will.

    March 4, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Zion

    Rick, Rick, Rick. Are you guys still angry from electing the cowboy? Yep, you know what's funny about community organizers, they have lead some of the greatest movements of our time. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Gloria Stinem, Gandhi, and the list goes on. Wow, those community organizers seem to make a real impact. Oh, and the dear lady you got that quote from, Sarah Palin, once described herself as a community organizer because she worked with her children's PTA. Isn't that something how all these community organizers get recognition, and yet you are only blogging on CNN.

    March 4, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Karen S Crow

    Umm .. BIIIG problem with this move. Most, if not all, private insurers have exclusions regarding injuries incurred during military service. It is NOT a covered benefit and the only thing that will happen is that the soldier will get a denial from his insurer. Wasting time, resources and money for both the federal government AND the private insurers in question ... NOT a good move.

    Just my opinion.

    March 4, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Peace

    Kevin in OH wrote:

    "A White House Spokesman will neither confirm of deny the option is being considered"…… yep, that's the openness Obama was talking about. Change we can believe in…..

    May I add "More pied piper politics.....The revolution will not be televised."

    March 4, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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