Obama Trying to Force Military Personnel into Obamacare by Cutting Military Health Care, Union Workers Unaffected

Written by Zack Duncan on March 2nd, 2012
Summary:

“President” Obama is trying very hard to cut our nation’s defense spending. Obama thinks that we are spending way too much money (which, honestly, we are) but is cutting our defense really the best place to start? What’s even worse is that in trying to cut spending, the Obama Administration is also planning on cutting health benefits for active duty and retired military personnel and their families while the benefits given to unionized civilian defense workers won’t be touched.

military personnel“President” Obama is trying very hard to cut our nation’s defense spending. Obama thinks that we are spending way too much money (which, honestly, we are) but is cutting our defense really the best place to start? What’s even worse is that in trying to cut spending, the Obama Administration is also planning on cutting health benefits for active duty and retired military personnel and their families while the benefits given to unionized civilian defense workers won’t be touched.

Congressional aids believe that this move is an attempt by Obama to force these military personnel into Obamacare. According to Bill Gertz of The Washington Free Beacon, “The proposed increase in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, is part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget, and $12.9 billion by 2017.”

What this basically means is that military personnel would see their Tricare premiums increase anywhere from 30% to 78% in the first year alone. After that, their premiums could increase exponentially, “ranging from 94% to 345%, more than three times the current level. According to congressional assessments, a retired Army colonel with a family currently paying $460 a year for health care will pay $2,048,” Gertz added.

In addition to higher premiums, active duty personnel would also see an increase in the price of pharmaceuticals with the incentive to use cheaper, generic drugs disappearing. Health benefits have also been a big reason many people sign up for the military. If you take that away then it could greatly decrease recruitment and retention.

Human Events’ John Hayward also added, “Veterans will also be hit with a new annual fee for a program called Tricare for Life, on top of the monthly premiums they already pay, while some benefits will become “means-tested” in the manner of a social program – treating them like welfare instead of benefits for military service. Naturally, this is all timed to begin next year and ‘avoid upsetting military voters in a presidential election year.’”

Aside from that, there are other concerns that this will provide a double standard between uniformed military personnel and civilian defense workers who belong to public sectors. Representative Howard McKeon (R-CA), Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, is standing by the troops on this issue.

According to McKeon, “We shouldn’t ask our military to pay our bills when we aren’t willing to impose a similar hardship on the rest of the population. We can’t keep asking those who have given so much to give that much more.” Nearly 5 million members of the 32 military service and veterans groups will join McKeon as they call the plan a “breach of faith.”

All this “hope” and “change” from Obama didn’t mean that he was going to change our country for the better and give the American people hope; it was I “hope” the American people don’t notice when I “change” the country from Democracy to Socialism. If he gets re-elected in 2012, I may seriously consider moving out of the country.

Source: Examiner.com – Obama to cut medical benefits for active, retired military, not union workers

Human Events – Obama cuts military health care benefits, leaves unionized civilians untouched

The Washington Free Beacon – Trashing Tricare: Obama to Cut Healthcare Benefits for Active Duty and Retired US Military

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4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Brutus says:

    Why is Bill Gertz the only one who has seemed to get the memo? As a cbroniouttr of the washington post, you would think that his thoughts would be valid. Then you could actually go to the washington post website and view the real suggestions, not the propaganda you fling.Wary of the political fallout from cutting benefits for troops serving in two wars, the White House plan said “any major military retirement reforms should include grandfathering provisions that ensure that the country does not break faith with military personnel now serving, including those serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.” ~ Washington Post[The administration is proposing to introduce annual fees to Tricare for Life, a Medicare supplement entitlement for military retirees and their dependents who are older than 65. A $200 annual fee would be charged beginning in 2013, and it would gradually increase. The proposal would save $6.7 billion over 10 years, according to the White House.“We remain against any such fees, most especially on seniors who reside on fixed incomes,” said Joe Davis, a spokesman for the VFW.The White House wants to raise Tricare pharmacy co-payments closer to parity with federal employee health plans such as BlueCross BlueShield. The increased co-payments, which the White House estimates would save $20.6 billion over 10 years, excludes active-duty members but would affect their families and all military retirees.] ~again, The Washington Post. Before you believe some half-assed writer on his own website, why don’t you ask yourself why he didn’t post it under the washington post. Oh wait, they must be for Obama right? Everyone is for Obama doesn’t that make you a minority? I bet you feel smaller just thinking about it. Research, put out the truth, not the jargon that your buddy told you. By the way, cuts won’t be effective until 2013 because that fiscal year begins this October. Yes, you must make plans and proper provisions, not just drop the hammer the next day. Think about it. This president has gone into war, and come out in a few months, not a decade. As a member of the intelligence community, I can obviously say that if Bush had knowledge of where Osama was and DIDN’T kill him, then why were we fighting in such a long war? Profits maybe?! C’mon, I won’t hold this against you, because you can’t possibly think that anything you said holds real merrit. Ask youself which publication holds more merrit: The washington beacon, or the washington post?

  2. ETN2 Hamilton says:

    Bush increased tricare copayments in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Pretending like increase in tricare copayments is a new thing invented by Obama to screw the military is absolutely absurd.

    http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA501362

    Beyond this, civilian contractors have seen their copayments rise during this same period as well, as have pretty much everyone else covered by private insurance policies through their employer.

    Beyond this, tricare covers military family members and veterans, not active duty military personnel. Active duty military personnel do not have any copayments at all for service.

    I say this as a military veteran that never paid a single dime for insurance or medical care during my time in the military; despite having two surgeries during my time in service. A civilian contractor would have paid thousands in copayments for the two surgeries I received for free.

    Get your facts straight.

  3. HM1DV Glenn Koch USN Retired says:

    I am sick at heart that obongo got himself re-elected. My country is in very deep kimchee and may not survive 4 more years of Obongo’s idiocy. This president is a lier and a Marxest. His grandparents that raised him were marxests, his mother was a marxest. His father had more kids out of wedlock than U can shake a stick at. This man is a threat to the United States and desperatly needs to be impeached.

  4. Brujo Blanco says:

    ve iiI knew someone would bring up fees raised by Republicans as justification to do the same now. This tired garbage of saying someone doing wrong in the past justifies others doing wrong now. Retired benefits for the military were earned. As a retired soldier I now know that I have been lied to. Obamacare will be used as a political weapon for years to come. I was promised no cost health care for 20 years service. I now pay a substantial premium which likely will increase by 345% while DOD retired civilians are unaffected.

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