Lou Gehrig's Disease - Motor Neuron Disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Thought it had been cured by now? Still no known cause. Still no cure. Still quickly fatal. Still outrageous.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In Appreciation For Your Sacrificing Your Health For Our Freedom, Here's The Bill

Hmmmmm... in this morning's WSJ there is an op-ed from a veteran regarding some proposed changes in healthcare for disabled veterans. Every veteran with ALS is classified as having a service-related disability, so this issue should interest all ALS advocates.

Here is the explanation and the stance of the American Legion.
WASHINGTON, DC (March 16, 2009) – The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization says he is “deeply disappointed and concerned” after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.
“It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan,” said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. “He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it.”

This would appear to be a crucial issue for the thousands of veterans dealing with ALS. Please read the entire item on the American Legion site and google on the issue to become informed so that you might communicate your opinions.


  1. The plot thickens...

    The Washington Post: "An Obama administration proposal to bill veterans' private insurance companies for treatment of combat-related injuries has prompted veterans groups to condemn the plan as unethical and powerful lawmakers on Capitol Hill to promise their opposition. Nevertheless, the White House confirmed yesterday that the idea remains under consideration, and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and leaders of veterans groups are scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss it further."