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Obama’s Cuts Healthcare Benefits for Marines, Leaves it Intact for Unionized Office Workers

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 26, 2013 @ 10:43 pm In The Point | 10 Comments

This is another one of those issues that should have been hammered home during the campaign, and especially during the debates, but that Romney failed to really pick up on. Frontpage has been covering it extensively. It goes to the heart of Obama’s contempt for the military.

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.

Under the new plan, the Pentagon would get the bulk of its savings by targeting under-65 and Medicare-eligible military retirees through a tiered increase in annual Tricare premiums that will be based on yearly retirement pay.

Significantly, the plan calls for increases between 30 percent to 78 percent in Tricare annual premiums for the first year. After that, the plan will impose five-year increases ranging from 94 percent to 345 percent—more than 3 times current levels.

Additionally, the critics said leaving civilian workers’ benefits unchanged while hitting the military reflect the administration’s effort to court labor unions, as government unions are the only segment of organized labor that has increased in recent years.

The administration is asking troops to get by without the equipment and force levels needed for global missions. “And now they are going to them again and asking them to pay more for their health care when you’ve held the civilian workforce at DoD and across the federal government virtually harmless in all of these cuts. And it just doesn’t seem fair,” the second aide said.

It’s wealth redistribution. Got to take away the health care from underpaid military personnel who generally vote to the right and redistribute it to unionized office workers who are more likely to vote to the left.


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