It’s usually considered one of those untouchables, but now even the medical benefits enjoyed by those who served in the military are being scrutinized by cost-cutters intent on saving taxpayer dollars.
President Obama, searching for ways to reduce the nation’s budget deficit, is proposing to increase the size of the co-payments collected from military health-plan beneficiaries for drugs and medication. At the same time, he would establish a first-ever annual fee in the military’s Tricare for Life benefits for Medicare-eligible retirees.
Tricare is the health-care program for military retirees and family members. Costs for the program have raised alarms – they are expected to total $65 billion annually in another five years.
Veterans’ groups, as expected, are not happy with the Obama administration proposals. The executive director of the American Legion, Peter Gayton, said that while the Legion “fully understands” the seriousness of the nation’s fiscal crisis, “we don’t feel targeting the small percentage of Americans who have chosen to serve our country is the best way to do it.”
Read more in the Washington Post.