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OBAMA TO CUT HEALTHCARE BENEFITS FOR ACTIVE DUTY AND RETIRED US MILITARY

The Washington Free beacon

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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. 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.

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

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.

Many in Congress are opposing the proposed changes, which would require the passage of new legislation before being put in place.

 

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[h/t   Huckleberry]

» 20 Comments

  1. hi_desertgirl

    February 28th, 2012

    “The massive increases beginning next year appear timed to avoid upsetting military voters in a presidential election year, critics of the plan say.”

    Color me shocked.

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  2. Diann

    February 28th, 2012

    But I bet their birth control will be free…

    God help us, this pResident is a prick.

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  3. Corky

    February 28th, 2012

    My husband and I are both retired military and trust me–the military is already upset. Believe me that we are well informed by what is going on with TRICARE. You might not want to piss off the military before or after elections. I am all about “tightening the belt” blah, blah, blah–just would like to see the civil servant (oxymoron?) take the hits as well.

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  4. Jeff Weimer

    February 28th, 2012

    Lord knows the premiums need to be increased – I pay $38 a month for family coverage. But this is just ridiculous. I could see a doubling – it’s still a bargain instead of nearly stealing.

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  5. GM Car Of The Future

    February 28th, 2012

    All military absentee ballots go missing…
    3… 2… 1…

    :eek:

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  6. ChiefIlliniCake

    February 28th, 2012

    This is another of those things where you go “Huh?”…

    It’s obvious he’s given up on the military, but it’s not so obvious that he understands what repercussions this could potentially have for him…perhaps even personally.

    Ya just don’t fuck with people who guard your ass…is he gonna mess with the Secret Service next too?

    Malignant narcissism will make an Affirmative Action President do the darnedest things, I guess.

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  7. Angrymike

    February 28th, 2012

    Sure screw the very ppl who fight for our freedom, Bammy is undermining this country in every way, I really hate that jerk!

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  8. Nutjob

    February 28th, 2012

    @Gm car of the future.

    Clinton pulled it off on his 2nd election, somehow those dang majority republican ballots for the men on duty were never deliverd on time so they didn’t count. Watch for a repeat of this come November and as well as military personel who’d died in the line of duty all voting democratic.

    As far as the insurance goes, just ask the occupiers, they believe the snot nosed hippies are the real boots on the ground.
    Wouldn’t be surprised if Obama cuts the militaries pay as well….oh wait my bad he has.
    Why would Obama care about a department he detest anyways, he needs all the extra money he can get to spy on citizens who object to his corruption or who might be voting against him……in his weeeee little mind thats his biggest concern and threat……..legal voters.

    Wonder where the UN report is on american voting corruption like the libs complained to about Al Gores loss? But I guess unlike the Gore fiaso dead voters have rights too!…..as long as they are not denied the right to vote (D).

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  9. Abe

    February 28th, 2012

    I’ll show Obummer the same respect he gives the Military.
    Hey Marxist, read my middle finger!

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  10. Carbon Pootprint

    February 28th, 2012

    One of progressive stink tanks was on the Washington Journal in the last 6 months talking about their plan to use the VA system to provide medical care for any slug off the street. As if the wait time for our veterans who have no other place to go isn’t long enough.

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  11. Stirrin the B.S.

    February 28th, 2012

    Enough is enough. It’s time for you stinking, self-serving, self-promoting career democrat congressmen to put your country before your self-interest and oppose this tyrant.

    The repubs have demonstrated that they are either unwilling or unable to do it on their own. It’s not going to happen until you ass wipes step and do the right thing.

    How far are you willing to go to destroy foundation of this country in pursuit of your immediate self-gratification? You are perilously close to biting the hand that feeds you.

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  12. Anonymous

    February 28th, 2012

    obama’s way of reducing recruitment.

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  13. sileceal

    February 28th, 2012

    Hey all you supremely respected and revered (by all of us on the right—and apparently NONE on the left): find a way to start cycling troop transports in and out of Muzzieland every 10 minutes, hop aboard and leave that hellhole AND your “supreme commander” high and dry. Reutrn here, where you DO belong, to a ginormous homecoming!! I’d love to see nothing more courageous than to leave their military-hating ruler slack-jawed. He hates them all and proves it more and more every single week with his preposterous “defilement” of those who fight for what liberties we have left. Obama=POS.

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  14. Doc

    February 28th, 2012

    How about some of those over paid shit stains in DC take a hit on their pay and benefits first? Especially the ones that always seem to be ON VACATION!!!!

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  15. The O must go

    February 28th, 2012

    I don’t EVER want to hear any more BS about how Dimocrats care about the military.

    FUCK YOU BARKY AND FUCK YOUR HIPPIE FRIENDS TOO

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  16. serfer62

    February 28th, 2012

    “Many in Congress are opposing the proposed changes, which would require the passage of new legislation before being put in place.”

    With give-the-POTUS-anything-he-wants Boehner & can’t-we-get-along McConnel this is gonna be stopped?

    You’re shitting me

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  17. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 28th, 2012

    @ GMCotF- That risk would be worth the $13 for REGISTERED MAIL. Harry Winston used to send his diamond stock that way.

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  18. Bob M.

    February 28th, 2012

    Can’t WAIT ’til Der Kommissar and the leftards order the troops to march AGAINST Americans. “You can kill Americans at will, but if they resist, stop & buy your own bandaids from them to patch yourself up!”

    It will be a very SHORT revolution indeed, when the troops turn on Obama, & rock the Casbah!

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  19. TooMuchTime

    February 28th, 2012

    The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.

    – George Washington

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  20. Anonymous

    February 28th, 2012

    Not giving up my Tricare for life even if I was forced to take Medicare Part B when I turned 65.

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