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Broken Promises: Obama eyes cuts in healthcare benefits for military families and retired military

Here’s an idea, in order to fund unconstitutional entitlement programs, extend unemployment pay outs, and drive military retirees into Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges, President Obama is proposing cuts to the healthcare benefits of military families and military retirees by dramatically increasing the costs.  Yes that’s right; the promise made to our military members now means nothing.  The one thing that our elected officials are required to fund per our constitution (a military) is now on the chopping block in order to help fund all the other unconstitutional programs our representatives support. Talk about backwards thinking.  These cuts are targeted at our active duty and retired military members.  President Obama has decided that unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits are untouchable.  How’s that for fairness.  So let me see if I’m getting this right.  We will compromise our nation’s defense and risk losing highly qualified individuals so that our elected officials can fund all their little pet projects and unconstitutional programs that are driving our nation into bankruptcy.  Yep that’s sounds about right.

As a retired veteran my family and I fall under the Tricare insurance plan.  It’s the low rate insurance plan the government promises all its active duty and retired military personnel.  As a retired veteran my rates are extremely low as compared to equivalent private sector insurance plans; my family and I pay $460 dollars annually.  We do make co-payments for doctor visits and prescription drugs; however overall the deal is a very good one.  It was one of the factors I weighed when I chose to make the military a career, especially when my wife was diagnosed with a life threatening debilitating disease some years ago.  Her doctor visits are frequent and her prescriptions are many.  We count on Tricare to help offset the costs associated with her disease.  The one thing you need to know is that the military offers this low rate plan as an incentive to not only recruit new members into the military but to retain members for an entire career.  Retaining highly trained folks in the military is essential to its long term success.  And let’s face it a military life is not for everyone.  In fact as rewarding as it can be, it can also be an extremely difficult one.

We don’t have stock options or revenue sharing.  We don’t get paid overtime even though we work an average of 60 hours a week.  We live under strictest of rules and regulations; rules and regulations that many simply could not or would not accept.  Many members spend long deployments away from family and friends fighting America’s enemies; enemies who desire to bring harm upon us.  The men and women of our military have defended this nation without complaint or reservations.  They have been successful whenever called upon to defend liberty.  They do it knowing that one day they might be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice and they do it day in and day out with honor.  These are America’s finest and as I said, it’s not a life for everyone.  In order for the military to recruit and retain high caliber individuals who are willing to put their lives on the line they use incentives like college tuition assistance, 20 year retirements, and medical care for life.  In my opinion this is a small price to pay for what we ask these men and women to do for our nation and for us.  It now appears that Obama wants to cut these healthcare benefits to fund his out of control spending and reward his political allies.  And he plans on doing this by raising the annual rates for Tricare.  In my opinion there’s just something wrong when we as a nation can’t keep a promise we have made to those who serve in the military.  Here’s an idea, why don’t we cut the healthcare plans or restructure the retirement plans for our elected officials who can’t do their jobs.  Their spending has left us $15 trillion in debt and 1,000 plus days without a budget.  Maybe we need to be looking at cutting their pay and benefits first before we cut the benefits of the one group of people who have always succeeded at what they do.

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.

How underhanded is that?  Look in the end I don’t mind paying a little more in annual cost for Tricare.  If it means it will help solve our nation’s debt problems I’m in.  My problem is I don’t trust our politicians to use the money they save by cutting my benefits to pay down the debt.  I mean they don’t have the best track record here.  They really haven’t displayed any desire to cut spending.  I also have a problem with them cutting my benefits and the benefits of active duty personnel before they even consider reforming unconstitutional entitlement programs.  I believe these are the programs that should be on the chopping block first long before they even consider cutting military programs.  That’s just the opinion of one retired vet.  Let me know yours.

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  • LD Jackson March 1, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    I would have to agree, John. I am sure you have no problem paying a little more, if it will help pay down our debt and reduce the deficit, but turning over more money to the powers that be in Washington is like turning the fox in with the hens. Their track record stinks, to put it bluntly. The money they save by raising your rates will almost assuredly be put into another program, instead of being used to pay off the debt or to reduce the deficit. It’s a rotten shame they are doing this.
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    • John Carey March 2, 2012 at 6:22 AM

      You’re absolutely correct I have no problem paying more if it will be used to pay down the debt; however does anyone really believe that’s going to happen with this administration. Instead they will take from the retired vets and redistribute to his leftist programs or allies. It’s shameful.
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  • Trestin March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    For the past two years, I’ve been telling guys not to expect to have their retirement benefits. They just rolled their eyes.
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  • Silverfiddle March 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Why is it in those rare instances when liberals decide to cut something, it is always, always, the DoD, and why always the GIs and not civil servants?
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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire March 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    This is despicable even for Obama. His agenda is always more important to him than what is good for America. We are on our way to becoming a second rate power in the world. He wants to put an end to America’s exceptionalism.
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