Mere words cannot express my contempt for the latest presidential effort to drive as many people as possible into a frothing rage. See, he needs money. At least that part has sunk in. He actually needs to cut costs somewhere so he can toss largesse to the stuff he likes. And what are a bunch of gimpy vets going to do to him, anyway? He could save a whole whopping $540 million
if the VA bills private insurance for service-related injuries. Really! And that will work for sure, because the insurance companies would *never* refuse to sign up people who are in the military, or exclude "pre-existing conditions". And if forced to cover vets, they *certainly* wouldn't raise premiums. Perish the thought!
Your Humble Snarkatron has a much better idea. $540 million is chump change. Why, if the government simply stopped funding the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) -- you know, the plan that provides the health coverage for Congress?-- we could save at LEAST $12.1 BILLION dollars (per this 1997 document
, it is probably much more now). How about that? I'd much rather Nancy Pelosi have to wait hours in line at the County General emergency room with all the undocumented TB patients than make a veteran worry for even a second about how they were going to pay for their prosthesis.