Veterans Health Bills Where Obama and McCain Break

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 4:41 pm

In 2006, McCain voted against, while Obama supported, an amendment to provide $20 million to the Dept. of Veteran Affairs for health-care facilities. The measure was defeated, 39-53.

In March 2006, McCain opposed — and Obama backed — an assured funding stream for veteran’s health care that took into account annual changes in veterans’ population and inflation that would have been paid for by reducing the tax cut for those earning more than $1 million and closing some corporate loopholes. The amendment failed by 46-54.

McCain was one of 13 senators to oppose an April 2006 vote to spend $430 million for medical services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans. Obama supported the measure.

In July 2006 McCain voted against setting up a $1-billion trust fund for military health facilities. The trust would have been funded by repealing tax cuts for those making more than $1 million a year. Obama backed the amendment, which did not pass the Senate

In 2005, McCain opposed spending $500 million a year from 2006 to 2010 for counseling services for veterans with mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. Obama voted for the measure that failed by 43-55 margin.

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    Charlie Goulf
    Comment posted September 28, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

    Senator McCain just might suffer from a top down point of view about veteran and military issues. The son and grandson of Admirals, he himself was a career Navy officer. Its doubtful that he considers the necessity and the needs of citizen-soldiers and veterans. He seems concerned about career military, but has nothing to offer veterans or footsoldiers and sailors and airmen. He appears to hold the view that Veteran's benefits compete with retaining military personnel, and has stated such sentiments especially about education benefits. As a veteran who got all of my college education on the GI Bill after one-four year active duty hitch, I find the Senator out of touch with veterans and common folk. Obama gets it.


    Charlie Goulf
    Comment posted September 28, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

    Senator McCain just might suffer from a top down point of view about veteran and military issues. The son and grandson of Admirals, he himself was a career Navy officer. Its doubtful that he considers the necessity and the needs of citizen-soldiers and veterans. He seems concerned about career military, but has nothing to offer veterans or footsoldiers and sailors and airmen. He appears to hold the view that Veteran's benefits compete with retaining military personnel, and has stated such sentiments especially about education benefits. As a veteran who got all of my college education on the GI Bill after one-four year active duty hitch, I find the Senator out of touch with veterans and common folk. Obama gets it.


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