After Uproar, Obama Won't Charge Vets for War Injuries

Jillian Bandes
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Posted: Mar 19, 2009 12:37 PM
After 11 veterans groups cried wolf, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announces that the President will not, in fact, push a proposal to potentially shift the costs of war-related injuries to our nation's battle-scarred service members.
“In considering the third party billing issue, the administration was seeking to maximize the resources available for veterans,” Gibbs said in a statement. However, the president “listened to concerns raised by the VSOs that this might, under certain circumstances, affect veterans and their families’ ability to access health care” and agreed with them. “The president has instructed that its consideration be dropped.”
Thank God.