Here’s the official White House statement sending a proposal to change VA health benefits to the round file.
You know, the Deep Six, the 86, the kybosh. Sounds like this SNAFU was FUBAR. Whatever, It’s toast.
Statement from Press Secretary
Robert Gibbs on the President’s Strong Commitment to America’s
President has consistently stated that he is committed to working with veterans
on the details of the 2010 VA Budget Proposal. The President demonstrated his
deep commitment to veterans by proposing the largest increase in the VA budget
in 30 years and calling VSO and MSO leaders into the White House for an
unprecedented meeting to discuss various aspects of the budget proposal. In
considering the third party billing issue, the administration was seeking to
maximize the resources available for veterans; 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. Therefore,
the President has instructed that its consideration be dropped. The President
wants to continue a constructive partnership with the VSOs and MSOs and is
grateful to those VSOs and MSOs who have worked in good faith with him on the