Bachmann budget cuts propose reducing veterans benefits

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Friday, January 28, 2011 at 11:06 am

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) proposed this week $400 billion in “real and necessary” budget cuts in federal spending to avoid raising the budget ceiling from $14.3 trillion. The cuts include capping increases in Department of Veterans Affairs’ health care spending and reducing Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) payments for veterans, all to save a total of $4.5 billion.

However, health care costs are rising anyway meaning less care, and SSDI payments are only $12,800 a year, reports the Air Force Times:

Her list of cuts doesn’t explain the impact of freezing veterans’ health care funding, but the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in a report issued in October that health care costs have been quickly increasing. VA’s health care budget was $44 billion in 2009, $48 billion in 2010 and is at $52 billion this year. The report forecasts a health care budget of $69 billion or higher by 2020 if trends continue, the report estimates.

Another measure in her cuts is to repeal “Obamacare,” which she claims has “unknown” savings. Actually, the CBO measured that its repeal would not save, but add $230 billion to the deficit over 10 years.

You can see the full list of cuts on her website here (PDF).

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Anonymous
Comment posted January 28, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

More bulls**t and lies from the queen of the tinfoil brigade.

Go ahead and submit legislation on that, see how far it gets.

Then see how far YOU get, in 2012!!


Ron Russomano
Comment posted January 28, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

If our elected officials really want to make some serious budget cuts
Why doesn`t just one of them sponsor a bill to immediately stop all
foreign aid especially to all those govts that hate us ,but still take our
hard earned money. Then stop supporting all the wars. if this was done
our country would be out of debt practically overnight.


Kevin5
Comment posted January 29, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

Like many of our elected officials..Veterans should recieve the care they need as they are our most respected citizens for their sacrifices- let’s make them “sacrifice” some more by cutting their programs! First to the front to defend freedom and the first to be sacrificed when it comes to the budget. How about her giving up her health care so veterans can be taken care of? Oh, she isn’t used to sacrificing anything but veterans is she?!


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Bigdaddybillybob
Comment posted January 31, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

Ms. Bachmann, I have one question for you and that is how many years did you serve in the military? I already know the answer and would venture to say that none of your family has served either.


Thunder1970
Comment posted February 2, 2011 @ 1:50 am

If any party wants to reduce the budget they can start with their wages and perks. No more free healthcare, no more travels, no more government parties. Cuts congressional retirees payments and no more free healthcare for them. They can use Medicare just like everybody else, or maybe they can use VA heathcare and we know how that sucks.


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Don O'Connor
Comment posted February 24, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

I thought Sarah Palin was the most foolish (and under qualified) Republican woman on the national scene but I must admit the Michelle Bachmann takes that title by a landslide! What an empty dress of a woman she is and what a consumate and consistent disservice she offers to our Congress and Country!


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