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Obama Out To Triple Military Healthcare Ins

From Bill Gertz, who is now the senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon:

Obama to cut healthcare benefits for active duty and retired US military

Bb Bill Gertz – February 27, 2012

The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched.

We have been saying that this was coming for some time now. You simply cannot cut $1 trillion dollars from the Pentagon’s budget, and not cut healthcare benefits, which like with every other organization, make up a lion’s share of the Pentagon’s spending.

But note how “unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits” will not be cut. (As we have suggested before, maybe the military should unionize. It might be their only salvation under Obama.)

The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges

That is the goal of every single one of Obama’s moves when it comes to healthcare.

The disparity in treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention.

Does anyone have any question of who Obama would protect in a choice between the military and public sector union workers?

The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are 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

Why not? After all, the military’s healthcare system was already notorious for being so lavish.

Administration officials told Congress that one goal of the increased fees is to force military retirees to reduce their involvement in Tricare and eventually opt out of the program in favor of alternatives established by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

“When they talked to us, they did mention the option of healthcare exchanges under Obamacare. So it’s in their mind,” said a congressional aide involved in the issue

Again, this is the thinking behind every one of Obama’s healthcare initiatives.

Under the new plan, the Pentagon would get the bulk of its savings by targeting under-65 and Medicare-eligible military retirees through a tiered increase in annual Tricare premiums that will be based on yearly retirement pay.

Significantly, the plan calls for increases between 30 percent to 78 percent in Tricare annual premiums for the first year. After that, the plan will impose five-year increases ranging from 94 percent to 345 percent—more than 3 times current levels.

According to congressional assessments, a retired Army colonel with a family currently paying $460 a year for health care will pay $2,048

The changes are worrying some in the Pentagon who fear it will severely impact efforts to recruit and maintain a high-quality all-volunteer military force. Such benefits have been a key tool for recruiting qualified people and keeping them in uniform

Don’t worry. Women and homosexuals will take up the slack.

“Would you stay with a car insurance company that raised your premiums by 345 percent in five years? Probably not,” said the congressional aide. “Would anybody accept their taxes being raised 345 percent in five years? Probably not.”

It’s just the military. Cut away. We won’t ever need it.

But this is just another way for Obama to force us all into a single payer system run by the government. After all, he has promised his unions pals he would do this, as he proudly admitted to the AFL-CIO, back in 2003:

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.”

And every day he brings us one step closer to his dream.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama Out To Triple Military Healthcare Ins”

  1. Petronius says:

    I have been assigned to a shock-work gang in order to earn points for my ObamaCare ration book.

    Dr Hammurabi at the Shady Grove Rehabilitation Clinic told them I am too old, feeble, and stringy to be used for organ harvesting or blood donations, so instead Dear Leader has assigned me to work the third shift in the algae beds.

    It is wet, cold work, but somebody must do it. Dear Leader says we cannot allow an algae gap. And after all, it is for the good of the state and the Eternal Revolution, and so we must all do our part. Let Shared Sacrifice be our watchword.

  2. JohnMG says:

    OK. So if increases from 30% to 78% is allowable in the first year, and increases from 94% to 345% are allowable within five years, what is to say–once we’ve started down this path–that at the end of five years someone can propose………….

    ……..an increase from 30% to 78% in the first year, and increases from 94% up to 345% within five years………………………….blah, blah, blah, tax increases on the richest 1%, blah, blah, blah,……………..

    Vote Democrat. Suicide via stupidity is practically painless to the numbed intellect. ”

    How’d you like a nice warm bath, Froggie?”

  3. canary says:

    As chief of the Army, Obama should not get paid a penny after he leaves office. Heck, he just announced we’d be seeing him driving a Volt 5 years from now. No doubt it will be a GM commercial paid for by our taxes.

  4. reking99 says:

    Please support EFMP Families and sign the petition OPPOSING these changes to our spouses EARNED benefits! Our petition which is in conjunction with the White House & We the People will go LIVE on Monday, March 5th! https://www.facebook.com/events/396000990426694/

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