Obama Scraps Plan for Vet Medical Benefits

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America's veterans will not have to worry about how their medical treatments will be paid.

The Obama administration is scrapping a plan to make disabled vets pay for those treatments through private insurance companies.

That pullback comes after outrage from veterans groups and lawmakers.

Traditionally, the government has paid for treatments for veterans' service-related injuries. However, the Obama administration thought it could save up to $540 million in federal money with its plan.

But after meeting with veterans and military advocacy groups twice this week, the administration has decided to change course.

"In considering the third-party billing issue, the administration was seeking to maximize the resources available for veterans," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. "However, the president listened to concerns raised by the (veterans groups) that this might, under certain circumstances, affect veterans and their families' ability to access health care."

Veterans of Foreign Wars' Commander Glen M. Gardner Jr. said he was impressed the president kept his word to listen to the veterans' community if it objected to the proposal.

"Now we can move forward and work with his administration and Congress to ensure that the rest of the Department of Veterans Affairs budget recommendation is signed into law," he said.

Source: CBN News, Washington Times

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