October 22nd, 2009
02:54 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama signs bill to improve budgeting for veterans' health care

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a bill to ensure that government funding for veterans' health care avoids any gaps in the budgeting process.

The Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act calls for Congress to approve funding for veterans' medical care a year in advance, Obama said. Such advanced funding will give the Department of Veterans Affairs more time for planning how to spend the money, he said.

The bill also requires the Government Accountability Office to audit the budget process to ensure that veterans' medical care is receiving sufficient funds, according to supporters.

Filed under: Health care • President Obama • Veterans
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. vet in texas

    interesting, there are over 300 comments about what Cheney said, instead of commenting on things that are actuallly concrete. We've spent so much time being "Monday morning Quarterbacks" for the actions of the former and current administrations, when there isn't any effort or energy spending time on things that are actually happening that we can see. I wonder why they don't ask Hannity, Beck, Olbermann, LImbaugh, Matthews, or Cooper anything regarding this......wonder why? It doesn't create divisions among us because you can't utilize your imagination on what you think should be done, or what this person thinks the outcomes of this issue brings. Shame on all of us for falling this crap from all sides, instead of taking care of those who took care of you, so that you all can blog, hide in your holes, and criticize from the rear! Get some rubbing alchohol and see if you can remove that "blow pop" stamp from your forehead from being a sucker! Essayons!

    October 22, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Vets4Obama

    Just more proof that democrats are the party that truly supports our men and women in the armed services. Republicans would lower their pay, lower their benefits, and find new ways to slaughter them in search of the tooth fairy (or WMD's).

    Republicans talk like they are patriotic, but when push comes to shove, or they are drafted, they dodge it, running like cowards. Just ask Dick Cheney about that one.

    October 22, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Paul from Phoenix

    So, this bill doesn't really do anything except preventing the Dems from screwing over the veterans.


    October 22, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    Thank you Mr President. I would like to point out that in 1998 the Congress passed legislation fullfilling the promise made to veterans. That being that the VA would provide medical care and treatment to all Veterans. The Congress however has never fully funded the VA despite their very own legislation, this has resulted in means testing and denial of services to veterans that are entitled to care if they wish with in the VA. While I doubt that this will fix the situation, it would appear to be a step in the right direction. Now if we could have a National VA System where a Veteran could receive needed care from any VA facility and not at the Regional VA facility in which he registered, we would be making strides in cutting through the red tape that makes the VA such a pleasure to deal with.

    October 22, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. joc,alabama

    Lol Cheney got a lot of people killed,with his wreakless abandon,and his own company with no bid contract also killed troops who took showers,its about time

    October 22, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Paul from Phoenix

    Everyone needs to read what Rose posted.

    You people who think Obama is taking care of veterans, remember he wanted them to pay for their own medical bills when injured while serving. They didn't even deny it!!!!!!!!!

    Look it up.

    October 22, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Can't wait till 2010

    AS someone who actually wore the uniform unlike you cowardly progressives who think we can talk everything over a few beers like the coward in chief, I HOWEVER applaud him for signing this bill.

    Now if he would NOT fund abortion and illegals in the new healthcare bill WHICH HE IS, more of that money would go to the real heroes in this country and the not the people who jump rope and do the hula hoop and run around the world apologizing for us shedding blood to help MILLIONS live freely over the years.

    I applaud him for this bill, but quit apologizing for this great countries deeds coward in chief.

    October 22, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. God Bless Our President

    How American is that- supporting our troops!!! I am so glad to have voted for him. He actually cares for his American citizens, ALL OF THEM!!

    October 22, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. JP

    He is just trying to buy votes to support his asinine healthcare "reform" because so many people hate him right now.

    October 22, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Denis

    That is great. Veterans need as much help as they can get but evern now more than ever!!! Obama is never afraid to do the right thing!!

    Now about the word "AFRAID" in the context of what CHENEY has said about Obama, well the man is a complete F ing idiot.

    His SHOOT FROM THE HIP kind of decision -making which pretty much somes up the amount of thought that he and his TEXAS pardner put into the WMD thing which put us into a stupid war that has killed over 5000 American Service men and women has been great for the country and its economy.

    Brilliant mind. An example of GOP republican logical thinking!! Cheney is the ultimate JERK. Obama is intelligent and thoughtful and thank GOD not a Republican ASS

    October 22, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    I kind of figured that this would be too good to be true if right wingers could find NOTHING to complain about over this bill. And just like clockwork some of them DID! I wonder if he had NOT signed it what they would say. You GOPers need to get a life other than whinning about the president 24/7.

    October 22, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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