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Posted by Jolly on February 29, 2012

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I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails from irate veterans over proposed increases to Tricare premiums.  Those of us who gave 20+ years of our life to Uncle Sam were promised health care for life, or so we thought.  If you’re wondering how the “Healthcare Affordability Act” might effect you as a military veteran, we are beginning to see that’s it’s affordable healthcare for a few at the expense of the many. 

I especially like the part where civilian unionized employees of DOD will see novet1.jpg increases to their healthcare premiums while military members will see increases of up to %350. According to congressional assessments, a retired Colonel with a family currently paying $460 a year for health care will pay $2,048. That makes all kinds of sense.  Let’s make the folks on the pointy end risking life and limb pay the bill while our unionized REMFs (Rear Echelon types) see no increases.  WTFO?

There’s one “nutty guy” running for office who feels this is unacceptable.  He wants to cut a Trillion from out budget, reel in the Federal Reserve, bring our troops home, vets2.jpgand actually honor his oath to protect and defend the constitution.  He has no plans to make cuts in Social Security or Veterans Benefits because he feels those are promises we have made to Americans who have paid their dues into the system.  For all of this he’s considered a “little crazy” and “dangerous.”  If following an oath to the constitution and keeping promises makes someone a kook, then I guess I’m a kook too.

Here's what one kooky Veteran had to say yesterday about the proposed cuts:

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Ron Paul Issues Statement on Obama’s Proposed Tricare Cuts

“Failing to meet the promises we have made to our troops would be unjust and immoral”

 LAKE JACKSON, Texas -- 2012 Republican Presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s latest proposal to seek cuts in Tricare benefits for veterans and active military. See comments below.

“As a Doctor, an Air Force Veteran, and Congressman, who serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee and has always fought for the best interest of our troops, I am appalled at President Obama’s disregard for the health and well-being of America’s military families and his continued fealty to union boss special interests.

“The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget would require military families and retirees to pay exceedingly more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. This is unacceptable.

“Our military men and women have fought bravely, and in exchange, our country made a promise to them that we must honor. There are trillions of dollars in unwise and unconstitutional spending we must cut. And there are few other leaders in Washington willing to cut spending as deeply as I am and truly balance our budget. But we must make sure we take care of our veterans and military personnel who fight to take care of us.

“We have put our troops in harm’s way, and we must honor our promises. Our troops have paid a heavy price these past 10 years. Over 5,000 have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, 40,000 have seen crushing injuries, and hundreds of thousands more suffer from brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Failing to meet the promises we have made to our troops would be unjust and immoral.”

“Instead of cutting our veterans’ benefits, President Obama should truly support our troops by bringing them home to protect our borders and defend our country. Re-unite them with their families and make sure they no longer play policeman in dangerous foreign civil wars. Cutting the benefits of our veterans while we subsidize the security of other wealthy nations like Germany and Japan and play ‘world policeman’ makes no sense.

“As a Congressman, I have taken very seriously my duty to ensure that our fighting men and women are well taken care of and given the respect, dignity, and appreciation they have earned. That is why I introduced H.R. 1092, the Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act, which prohibits the Department of Defense from increasing Tricare fees without congressional approval. I urge my fellow members of Congress, and the other GOP presidential candidates to support this action and support our troops.

“As President, I intend to keep the promises and commitments we have made as a nation to our troops, because they are the ones that sacrifice everything to keep us free.”

 

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Comments:

Posted by jpwarlock1 on
i am all for our veterans getting all the benefits they are entitled too.my question is why are the politicians not taking pay cuts,why are these same politicians sending millions of dollars in foreign aid,before our troops have to pay more i believe all foreign aid should be cut to zero, and politicians should pick up more of their own costs, also their life time benefits should be eliminated,these are the ones who should bear the brunt of the cost not the veterans.
Posted by Jolly on
Shack JP

Jolly
Posted by Maestro on
One thing I appreciate about the statement of Sen Paul is that it is not based upon some new worldview or policy initiative. It is simply based upon the contractual obligations which the gov't made to the men and women who have volunteered to serve. Healthcare, retirement, pay and benefits are all the state's burden in the value transaction which underlies the citizen-soldiers' decision to serve. We bear our burden, the state and taxpayer must bear theirs.

Jolly, do you have a source for the figure you quoted? I was able to find a couple studies by the VA and UC Davis which showed that the Affordable Care Act may have some adverse effects on veteran's health coverage, but nothing which indicated how I might experience a 300(+)% increase in premiums.

http://www.sciencenewsline.com/medicine/summary/2012022314140018.html
Posted by Jolly on
Maestro,
Here's one of the sources:

http://freebeacon.com/trashing-tricare/

I've read the same thing in a few sources. Bottom line, these are broken promises to our veterans, and the kicker is that the civilian union member is seeing no increases. YGBSM. We are as bad a Europe. There are so many government workers over there with unsupportable bennies and they strike constantly, not mention bankrupt budgets.
Posted by Maestro on
Thanks for the source.
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