The Obama administration plans to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the treatment service related injuries of military personnel  -Truth! - but Cancelled

Obama said "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice?   It doesn't compute...  I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country.  I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans." - Fiction! & Satire!

Summary of the eRumor:
A forwarded email from an Army wife warning that President Obama wants the military personnel to get their own health insurance to pay for the treatment of injuries in line of duty.  She urges readers to contact their elected Senators and Representatives to put a stop to this plan.
 

The Truth:  
On March16, 2009, members of the American Legion met with President Obama where he discussed "a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries."  The non-profit veterans service organization, American Legion, issued a statement voicing its concerns on its web site shortly after the meeting.  Click here for statement.

Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion said that Obama 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.

A March 17, 2009 CNN article said the "chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs vowed Tuesday that the plan would never gain the panel's approval. 'VA's sacred duty is to care for veterans injured in honorable service to our nation, and the department should not turn to wounded warriors' private insurance to pay for combat injures,' said Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii. 'Under my chairmanship, the Veterans' Affairs Committee will not advance any such legislation.'"

On the afternoon of March 18, 2009 Fox News reported that the Obama administration has changed their mind on this plan.

Later forwarded versions of this eRumor included a quote not by President Obama but by the writing staff of the Jon Stewart show at COMEDY CENTRAL.  Stewart made fun of this proposal during his satirical news/current events program and included a fictional quote attributed to the President.

updated 07/06/09

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Version 1:

Dear Friends and Family,

I know many of you voted for our current president, based on his ideas for change in this country. I was not a supporter of his, and even though I did not vote for him I had hoped he would do what he said and not what his voting record stated.

However it seems as if my first impression of him was accurate.

Before I decided to send out this email and check my facts from different sources, as I did not want to pass on speculation or rumor.

If you have not heard Mr. Obama would like for our Men and women serving in the military wounded in service of our country to pay for their medical care. He feels they should obtain private insurance to pay for these injuries. I am only assuming at the moment but it would be my guess, that he would never ask for workman's compensation to be revoked. However that is what he proposes for our Military members.

I am outraged that the Commander and Chief of our Armed services would propose such an action. Please contact your senators and congressional leaders to make sure that this never comes to pass.

It is because of these brave service members both past and present, that we have the freedoms that we enjoy.

Here are several websites confirming this.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/10/veterans.health.insurance/index.html
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/mar/17/veterans-health-care-may-go-private/
http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_11929167?source=rss

I don't usually spout off about such things, but my husband and many more military members have served their country with honor. Making sure military members who have been injured while serving their country have health care is the least we can do for them.

 

Version 2:

OBAMA IS SURPRISED THAT THE MILITARY WANTS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF HERE IS HIS RESPONSE WHEN HE BACKED OFF FROM HIS DECISION TO LET THE MILITARY PAY FOR THEIR WAR INJURIES.........WHAT A EMPTY HEADED PERSON HE MUST BE....SEND THIS TO EVERYONE TO SHOW JUST WHAT HE THINKS OF OUR MILITARY WHO FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY AND GET HURT PROTECTING OUR FREEDOM!!!

Bad press, including major mockery of the plan by comedian Jon Stewart, led to President Obama abandoning his proposal to require veterans carry private health insurance to cover the estimated $540 million annual cost to the fede ral government of treatment for injuries to military personnel received during their tours on active duty.


The President admitted that he was puzzled by the magnitude of the opposition to his proposal..
"Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained..

"Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn't compute..."
"I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country," Obama continued. "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans."

Please pass this on to every vet and their families whom you know.

Version 3:

He doesn't seem to have much respect for the military.
Maybe in the future our leaders should be veterans.

THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO SEE THIS!!

THE MOST STUPID STATEMENT EVER BY A PRESIDENT-Unbelievable

THIS MOST UNBELIEVABLE PRESIDENT?

HERE IS HIS RESPONSE WHEN HE BACKED OFF FROM HIS DECISION TO REQUIRE THE MILITARY PAY FOR THEIR WAR INJURIES.

Bad press, including major mockery of the play by comedian Jon Stewart, led to President Obama abandoning his proposal to require veterans carry private health insurance to cover the estimated $540 billion annual cost to the federal government of treatment for injuries to military personnel received during their tours on active duty. The President admitted that he was puzzled by the magnitude of the opposition to his proposal.

"Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained. "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn't compute.." "I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country, "Obama continued "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit..

I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans."

Please pass this on to every one including every vet and their families whom you know. How in the world did a person with this mindset become our leader?

REMEMBER THIS STATEMENT...."Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice?"