Obama Cuts Military Healthcare: Austerity or Insult?
President Obama's promise of less expensive has failed to deliver. Private insurance rates have skyrocketed to comply with the requirements of "free" services and benefits like free contraceptives for nuns. Now Obama wants to raise the cost of healthcare costs to the military, but only uniformed soldiers and not the unionized civilians. The Washington Free Beacon reports:
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.A congressional aide described the cuts as far-reaching and unbalanced with the national budget. “We all recognize that we are in a time of austerity... But defense has made up to this point 50 percent of deficit reduction cuts that we agreed to, but is only 20 percent of the budget.”
If Obama wanted real austerity (policy of deficit-cutting, lower spending, and a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided), he would apply the higher costs to the unionized civilians. Obama's targeting of the fighting force and his disproportionately high targeting of the military insults the men and women who defend America's freedoms.
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