published Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Troops deserve better

As America remains focused on the Supreme Court Ruling regarding Obamacare, an important veto threat issued by the President has gone largely unnoticed.

Unbelievably, President Obama has threatened to veto this year's defense appropriations bill unless the legislation includes a significant increase in the fees paid by active and retired military members for health coverage.

By increasing premiums on Tricare, the military health plan covering 9.3 million beneficiaries, Obama hopes to rake in $1.8 billion in 2013 alone.

President Obama calls for increases that range from 30-78 percent in Tricare annual premiums during the first year. In next five years, Obama wants America's military heroes to pay up to 345 percent more for their premiums.

The House Armed Services Committee proposals regarding Tricare, in contrast, increase co-pays for some services, especially name brand drugs. Overall, however, this GOP plan is much more budget-friendly to military members and their families.

Writing for the Washington Free Beacon, Bill Gertz claims, "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."

As a commander-in-chief, Obama remains committed to funding failing solar farms, sending billions in foreign aid to nations that are hostile to America's freedoms and bailing out any industry that appears willing to cut him a campaign check. Unfortunately, the president also seems committed to squeezing every last penny out of America's brave servicemen and women, while shoving Obamacare schemes down their throats.

Not in recent memory has an American president made the comfort, health and well-being of the nation's military personnel a lower priority.

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Easy123 said...

You folks at the Free Press aren't telling the whole story. It's all Right-wing misinformation. When will you losers ever tell the WHOLE truth?

July 14, 2012 at 12:12 a.m.
moon4kat said...

The truth doesn't further the FP's editorial agenda, so it's amputated and contorted to fit a manipulated message. The FP editorial page cannot be trusted.

July 14, 2012 at 7:32 a.m.
conservative said...

The active and retired military are not Obamination's people (voters). It is not complicated.

July 14, 2012 at 7:39 a.m.
anniebelle said...

The warhawks, such as Lindsay Graham, says it's o.k. to not pay your taxes, like Mittler Romney, even called it the American thing to do. Who do you think pays for this bloated military budget in this country, the nail ladies and the Wal-Mart greeters?

July 14, 2012 at 9:33 a.m.
HiDef said...

You know how I know this story is garbage? Because active duty members don't pay premiums. At least not when I served...

July 14, 2012 at 5:15 p.m.
Downtownman said...

Once again Easy nailed it. The cons pick the part of a story they want and ignore the rest. Then conservative comes along behind him and shows that he doesnt really care what the truth is.

July 14, 2012 at 7:11 p.m.
Easy123 said...


You're full of crap. But I'm glad it scares you. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

July 14, 2012 at 7:19 p.m.
Easy123 said...


Your mother wears combat boots.

July 14, 2012 at 9:05 p.m.

Wow, you haven't seen a scandal worse than this since the 1930s?

You must have missed the Nixon years. Or the last 4 governors in Illinois. Or Enron.

July 15, 2012 at 1:33 a.m.
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