Monday, May 28, 2012

Flip-Flop Flashback: Obama Wants War Vets to Pay for Their Own Prosthetic Limbs

The Obamas attending a Medal of Honor ceremony
for U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, who was
killed in Afghanistan in June 2006. Mrs. Obama
wears a party dress, green shoes, and chandelier earrings.
It's an election year, so Obama has suddenly recalled "that the nation needs to honor veterans, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, by ensuring that they have access to jobs, health care, and higher education."

I guess the president's golf caddies have informed him that he might lose more than a few votes if the public was aware that one of his first actions as president was an attempt to force combat-injured veterans (or their wives) to pay for combat-injury-related health care, including buying their own prosthetic limbs.

Back in March of 2009,  Investor's Business Daily was aware of the travesty and, in a editorial scathingly critical of Obama's health care plan for wounded warriors, quoted:
a "furious Commander David K. Rehbein of the American Legion," who, together with representatives of 11 veterans groups, met with Barack Obama on Monday [March 17, 2009]:
[The President] refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by [the plan].
According to CNN, at that meeting, Barack Obama challenged those veterans "to come up with an alternative way to raise revenues."
Just 6 weeks after taking office, Commander-in-Chief Obama petulantly argued that, if American veterans want medical treatment for their combat injuries, it's up to them to figure out where the money should come from.
  
Interestingly, only a month before his election, Obama was promising to "restore our sacred trust with our nation's veterans" and "was committed to creating a 21st Century Department of Veterans' Affairs that provides the care and benefits our nation's veterans deserve [italics mine].

This is the man whom many Americans still trust with their own health care.

Think about it, civilians. If a president who doesn't think a combat-injured veteran deserves having his health care paid for by U.S. taxpayers, what makes you think he genuinely believes that you deserve health care?

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5 comments:

  1. I remember this story very clearly, and it's a good issue for people to not forget. Congrats on reminding us.

    I'm still not sure if this Obama blunder was just crass amateurism or a poorly thought out attempt load up for the Obamacare push ("crippled soldiers need our [Obama/Feds] help so desperately"). Either way it was disgraceful.

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    1. Hello Yukio --

      I am constantly amazed that people believe that someone who would deny health care to combat-disabled veterans, the elderly, and helpless infants will go to the mat to deliver health care to them.

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    1. Is there a statute of limitations on impeachment?

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  3. This is the most stupid thing I have read, for anyone to believe that this story is true,then they need to have their head examed. The President never ever wanted wounded vets to pay for artifical limbs. I am a veteran

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