The assault on veterans includes not just those who have served in wars that the Democratic Party opposes, but also members of the Greatest Generation, Korean and Vietnam War veterans, who fought in wars overseen by Democratic Presidents, and who were promised that no matter what happened to them, their health care would be taken care of. Now that promise is being broken.
Older veterans will face an enrollment fee. Also included is a doubling of the co-pay on prescription drugs at pharmacies and a tripling of the co-pay for mail order medication. Standing in the way is Congressman Joe “You Lie” Wilson who serves as Chairman for the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, and has vowed to defy any such efforts.
But it’s not only Wilson who is standing up to the war on veterans. Senator Webb has crossed the aisle, joining Senator Ayotte and other Republicans, in opposing these measures. Mitt Romney responded to a question from the father of a wounded soldier by asking, “Why is it we go after military families. Why isn’t Obama going after government workers that are represented by the big government unions? “
The Center for American Progress’ paper advocating premium hikes noted that premiums for Federal employees had been adjusted to compensate for health care increases. What it does not note is that few bureaucrats come back with traumatic brain injuries, severed limbs or post-traumatic stress disorder. It also does not note the dramatic differences in salary.
An E1 private in the army earns less than 18,000 dollars while an entry level letter carrier at the post office earns more than twice as much. A Second Lieutenant takes in under 34,000 while a City Carrier Grade 1 Step D postal worker takes home 52,000 dollars. The greatest threat a mailman faces is angry dogs, while a soldier who navigates IEDs and bullets for a fraction of the income has his health care benefits cut when he comes home. It’s not as if he did anything important like deliver the mail.
The unspoken engine behind the war on Tricare is Obamacare. CAP’s war on Tricare began with a new administration which had made national health care into a major priority. In 2010, the Center for American Progress and Korb claimed that ObamaCare would in no way undermine Tricare. They lied. Administration officials have admitted that one reason for the increased fees is to push more veterans out of Tricare and into Obamacare.
But the increased premiums are just the beginning of a larger assault on Tricare by Obamacare. Just as veterans were first in the line of fire when the Center for American Progress and the left sabotaged the War on Terror, so too they are still in the line of fire on the homefront as CAP and the Obama Administration employ them as pawns in their national health care scheme and their continuing war on the military.
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