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Veterans and troops set to lose health benefits under Obama's budget: Increases up to 345%!
The Londaon Daily Mail ^ | February 28, 2012 | Meghan Keneally

Posted on 03/04/2012 3:30:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Concern is sinking in over the long-term effects of President Barack Obama's proposed budget cuts to military health care spending.

Critics say that by taking aim at the military health care program by adding additional fees and increasing required payments, the President is dishonoring troops and hurting the military's recruiting power.

The budget put forth by Mr Obama- which still needs to be approved by Congress before being enacted- would create $487billion in cuts over the next 10 years.

One of the biggest areas of contention is the increases of health care fees that specifically target military retirees by boosting their co-pay charges and deductibles.

Some reports cite unidentified administration officials as saying that they hope that the increases would put pressure on the retirees to opt out of their veterans benefits and sign up for the program put in place by President Obama's controversial Affordable Care Act which was approved in 2010.

'Would you stay with a car insurance company that raised your premiums by 345 per cent in five years? Probably not,' an unidentified congressional aide told Fox News, hinting that their plan to get veterans to sign up with other insurers would work....

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: military; obama; obamacare; veterans
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To: EGPWS

“eldest”?
NOt really, most valued is more likely.


51 posted on 03/04/2012 5:28:41 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Terry Mross

Luckily (so to speak), I’m at 40%, so my only co-pay is the $8 for non-service connected medications. If I to 50% or more, that goes away, too, IIRC.


52 posted on 03/04/2012 5:31:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Texas Colonel
I think this guy might be a troll.

Seems you're right. He has been ZOTTED!

53 posted on 03/04/2012 5:34:51 PM PST by PalmettoMason (South Carolinians need to start choosing a primary challenger to Nikki Haley NOW!!!!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
'Would you stay with a car insurance company that raised your premiums by 345 per cent in five years? Probably not

Should you be F'ing with the pitbull you trained to kill on command? Probably not.

54 posted on 03/04/2012 5:36:48 PM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Brian_Candy
Please hear me out and don't flame me. Raising co-pays and deductibles is happening to everyone. It is a huge necessity because it makes a person really think before going to the doctor - the patient has a financial stake in the decision. This is being applied to all medical benefits, including the richest private plans as well as to plans for the poor (Medicaid). All I'm saying is before you pan this decision please read about it and think it through logically.

Did you miss this part of the article?:

Some reports cite unidentified administration officials as saying that they hope that the increases would put pressure on the retirees to opt out of their veterans benefits and sign up for the program put in place by President Obama's controversial Affordable Care Act which was approved in 2010.

These cuts have nothing to do with whether the government can afford to pay for vets insurance and everything to do with Obamacare. BTW, you sound like a first class liberal. This idiot in the WH has raised spending to levels unheard of before but can't keep vets insurance intact.

55 posted on 03/04/2012 5:37:12 PM PST by calex59
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...the President is dishonoring troops and hurting the military's recruiting power.

....to expect anything different from a lying Constitution stomping, American hating MUSLIM would be puzzling

56 posted on 03/04/2012 5:39:21 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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Congress has to approve this and I just don’t see this happening,...at least with the numbers cited....it would be political suicide for congress critters to vote for this.


57 posted on 03/04/2012 5:53:08 PM PST by mystery-ak (gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: silverleaf
Comments like yours make the public think all retired military get $460 a year TRICARE prime and we’re bitching about paying more

It wasn't my comment. Please read the article and see the comment below. Plus my information is different than what this person stated so I was requesting more information.

58 posted on 03/04/2012 6:56:56 PM PST by OafOfOffice (W.C:Socialism:Philosophy of failure,creed of ignorance,gospel of envy,the equal sharing of misery)
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To: big'ol_freeper

Took the words right outta my mouth...


59 posted on 03/04/2012 7:04:53 PM PST by gibsosa
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was thinking he was a union plant for Obama. Then I wondered if it would affect only new military and not the present retired.

My husband is military but not retired military so it won’t affect us. We have private HC insurance Obama is destroying that as we speak.

The agenda is we all will be under Obama government control in the end.


60 posted on 03/04/2012 7:09:16 PM PST by OafOfOffice (W.C:Socialism:Philosophy of failure,creed of ignorance,gospel of envy,the equal sharing of misery)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Oliver Stone was in Vietnam. My husband just said as I read that to him, "don't we know that. He (Oliver Stone) wants everyone to believe the move 'Platoon'was the way everyone was in Viet Nam."
61 posted on 03/04/2012 7:15:08 PM PST by OafOfOffice (W.C:Socialism:Philosophy of failure,creed of ignorance,gospel of envy,the equal sharing of misery)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How will this work when the military fills with homosexuals?

They require an enormous amount of healthcare.


62 posted on 03/04/2012 7:18:00 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: GlockThe Vote

You can turn the auto correct off go to Settings General Keyboard turn off auto correct.

It is a pain, but more good than bad for most.

I swear it changes words for me after I hit post {:-)


63 posted on 03/04/2012 10:56:43 PM PST by itsahoot (I will write in Palin, if Romney heads the ticket. Fair warning to the E-Pubs.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I totally agree with your post.

Before I retired in 1990, they had already reduced my "Free Healthcare for Life" by making it mandatory that I convert to Medicare when I reached age 65. (Never mind that I can't receive full Social Security retirement pay until I'm age 66). My wife retired from the Federal Government and she has kept her Blue Cross/Blue Shield @ about $400 per month...which also required us to subscribe to Medicare at age 65. Our Medicare premium is $140 per month apiece.

Our bottom line is that at age 65 we now pay almost $700 per month for less coverage than we had before we had to subscribe to Medicare as it has been recently adjusted by Obama.

I personally would like to have the option to not be required to take Medicare, but I don't have that choice the way the law is currently written.

SKCM(SS) USN Retired

64 posted on 03/05/2012 6:14:36 AM PST by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: silverleaf

What prevents you from being in Tricare Prime? Just curious. As an aside, it’s interesting that under the current system somebody who is a 70 year old retired federal forest ranger gets far superior health care than a retired airborne ranger...just saying.


65 posted on 03/05/2012 10:24:41 AM PST by MSF BU
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To: MSF BU
no space available...nearest facility 30+ miles away. I am not some retired fart who can make a whole day out of a doctor visit that takes 60 days advance to schedule.

yeah fortunately my Mom who is retired school teacher has good health plan, better than mine

obamacare is gonna be one swell HMO for the whole country isn't it? With gatekeepers brought to us by the people who run the TSA and the IRS

I am already paying cash out of pocket for my kids to see specialists they need since no one here takes TRICARE FL

66 posted on 03/05/2012 2:14:01 PM PST by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: silverleaf

I guess you’ve looked at Brighton Marine? I agree with you and those who say things will just get worse. What puzzles me is that I’d think the GOP would make more of an effort to cut out obvious fat (Vista, Americorps, etc.) before benefits were touched.


67 posted on 03/05/2012 2:21:28 PM PST by MSF BU
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