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Obama: caring for veterans a "sacred covenant"

Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 01:37

U.S. President Barack Obama says military veterans who risk their lives abroad to protect Americans ought to be taken care of when they return home, and says 'Obamacare' is helping make that happen. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to veterans at the 95th convention of the Disabled American Veterans organization in Atlanta on Monday. Obama said Americans have a duty to take care of their veterans when they return home from conflict abroad. "Our commitment to our veterans is a sacred covenant," Obama said. "It's a covenant because both sides have a responsibility. Those who put on a uniform, you took an oath to protect and defend. While the rest of us, the citizens you kept safe, we pledge to take care of you and your families when you come home." Obama went on to say that thanks to the Affordable Care Act, or 'Obamacare' as it's commonly referred to, veterans who fall off their Veterans Affairs plans now have access to Obamacare. He said that because of it, private insurance companies cannot "discriminate" against veterans for pre-existing conditions, like post-traumatic-stress disorder.

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Obama: caring for veterans a "sacred covenant"

Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 01:37