“If the president’s proposed budget cuts are enacted, nearly 60 percent of the 1,600 veterans will lose their daily stipend that allows them to stay in our state’s nursing homes, literally forcing them out into the cold.”
Vet co-payments for prescription drugs were tripled two years ago, Rendell said, and “now the president is proposing to again double those increased co-pays.”
“In the midst of a war, when many new men and women will join the legion of veterans, does it really make sense for the president to increase the cost of vets’ prescriptions by 100 percent?”
Rendell criticized a proposal calling for a $250 fee “to be paid by every vet wishing to participate in the Veterans Administration health care program. “
“There may well be some veterans who can afford to do so, but can all vets come up with an extra $250 a year to pay for health care? I doubt it.”
In all fairness to Bush, he might have thought he was sending the troops on a suicide mission anyway, no armor and all that. So he didn’t REALLY think they’d notice the cuts in veterans’ benefits since they wouldn’t be around.