Our government will bail you out with taxpayer money if you brought more house than you could afford and are now facing foreclosure. Our government will bail out your business that is failing due to poor management, excessive bonuses and a poor business model. Our government is even trying to ensure that illegal immigrants and their children have health insurance benefits.

Now, this same government that his handing out taxpayer money hand over fist, taxpayer money that has not actually yet been collected but rather will be collected from future generations, is now contemplating having military personnel injured while on duty pay their own medical bills. Eric Shinseki,Veterans Affairs Secretary confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance. Lawmakers told the administration that it would be “dead on arrival” if sent to Congress.

No official proposal to create such a program has been announced publicly, but veterans groups wrote a pre-emptive letter last week to Obama opposing the idea after hearing the plan was under consideration. The groups also noticed an increase in “third-party collections” estimated in the 2010 Overspending budget proposal… something they said could only be achieved if the VA started billing for service-related injuries.

Shinseki, when questioned about the proposal, said it was under “consideration.” “A final decision hasn’t been made yet,” he said.

Many prominent veterans organizations, including, Military Order of the Purple Heart, The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America have been lobbying Congress to oppose the idea. In the letter sent last week to President Barack Obama, the veterans 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.”

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

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