Tricare fee increases and military retirement decreases
I’ve been trying to figure out all day how I could get out of posting this. As certain as the sun rising, it getting colder in winter, and the Patriots beating Buffalo, so is it certain that I will get emails on this one that fall into two almost equal groups. Half the people will cite my post as evidence that the Legion is in bed with the GOP (we are not), and the other half of my hate mail will claim that this is what we get for supporting a Kenyan Muslim (he’s neither.) Mind you, these emailers make up less than 1% of all readers, but that doesn’t make it any better when I get deluged.
So, in finest Sgt. Joe Friday “Just the fact’s ma’am” tradition….
First, from The Washington Post:
The deficit reduction plan put forth by President Obama on Monday would increase pharmacy co-payments for military beneficiaries and establish a first-ever annual fee in the military’s Tricare for Life health benefits for Medicare-eligible retirees….
Peter Gaytan, executive director of the American Legion, said that while the veterans organization “fully understands” the fiscal crisis, “we don’t feel targeting the small percentage of Americans who have chose to serve our country is the way to solve it.”
And from Stars and Stripes:
Included in the president’s deficit reduction plan unveiled Monday are plans to re-examine the military retirement system, calling the current 20-year requirement “out of line with most other government or private retirement plans.”
As a reminder, my friend Jonn Lilyea reminds us of what President Obama said about this a month ago. I recommend you fast-forward to the 18 minute mark and start watching from there.