Then it’s “wham, bam, thank you ma-am”, but we’re sorry, we can’t afford to pay for your health care any more. You’re on your own.
From USA Today:
Pentagon spending on healthcare has soared from $19 billion in 2001 to a projected $50.7 billion in 2011, a 167 percent increase. Attributed to the surge in physical and mental health problems experienced by deployed military members and their families, the exploding costs are “beginning to eat us alive,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Congress in February.
Well dah! Did you really think getting ourselves into two wars we never should have gotten into in the first place wouldn’t come at a cost? Did people think the US was so powerful, everyone would lay down at our feet, and pay homage to us?
As a result, some military retirees and active-duty families may see their out-of-pocket expenses rise for the first time in 15 years, Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, deputy director of TRICARE, the military healthcare program, told USA Today.
Currently, active-duty troops and their families receive free healthcare except for out-of-pocket co-payments of $3 or $9 per prescription at civilian pharmacies. Retirees receive the same benefits by paying $230 a person or $460 a family each year, along with small co-payments for various types of care. Unlike continually rising private-insurance copays, TRICARE fees haven’t changed since 1995.
“I want to be generous and fair to all those who serve, but there’s a cost-containment problem,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said at a recent hearing. “I don’t see how we can sustain this forever, where TRICARE is never subject to adjustment in terms of the premiums to be paid.”
Yeah, sure he does [wants to be fair and generous], as long as it doesn’t cost him anything.
Besides who cares about the military and their families? [Lindsey Graham sure doesn’t.] When it starts costing too much, all of a sudden, even compassion for those who put their lives on the line for this country, goes down the toilet.
It’s that same old right wing mantra, as long as I got mine, why should I give a rats ass about anyone else? Even if they are fighting to protect my cowardly ass, and those of my family, I didn’t force them to join the military.