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Obama Drops Veterans Health Care Proposal after Intense Criticism

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WASHINGTON - A White House plan to change the way veterans pay for their health care came under intense fire in the nation's capitol, including criticism from U.S. Senator Patty Murray.

Currently, veterans with war or service related injuries receive care from the veterans Administration at no cost. Under the White House proposal, those services would have been billed to a veteran's private insurance instead, saving nearly $500 million a year.

But war veterans spoke out arguing it was the veterans who took care of this country, and it's now time for the country to take care of them.

Democratic Senator Patty Murray agreed saying, "I believe first of all that our men and women who have served us have already paid the price, they don't need to be paying for it again."

Senator Patty Murray said President Obama must have heard the complaints and ultimately backed down from his proposal. She adds there is still a need to find ways of saving money, which Murray hopes will not add further sacrifice to veterans in the future.

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