For most Americans who oppose Obamacare, the constitutionality of the law’s mandate to buy insurance is less important than the power government has under the law to rob them of medical freedom. Ironically, those that lose freedom under Obamacare first could be the wounded warriors who fought for our freedom.
In 2010 President Obama promised Obamacare wouldn’t diminish health benefits for service families or retirees. He told the 9.6 million veterans and active duty personnel, who use TRICARE — the Defense Department’s health plan — or go to Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and clinics, that they would be better off:
“If you’re in the VA or TRICARE, this will not force you to change systems…veterans would be eligible, potentially, for this health care exchange where they could select from a different set of plans and get some help in paying for their premiums depending on income levels.”
Yet, last week the administration unveiled a plan to remake TRICARE that breaks that promise. Most observers have focused on a proposal to raise premiums for military retirees younger than 65 from $460 a year to as much as $2,048 by 2017 (if they’re receiving more than $45,178 in retirement pay)
Nearly 12 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans live in poverty. A staggering 30 percent are either unemployed or have stopped looking for work altogether. Medicaid is their only non-TRICARE alternative. Veterans with family who with a combination of military pension (available after 20 years of service) and income make up to $32,000 a year would be required to enroll in Medicaid if they forgo TRICARE. Anyone earning above that could pay more out pocket under Obamacare than the $3,000 TRICARE cap on such costs.
Veterans should be given more liberty to get the care the need, when they need it. Whether or not the Supreme Court decides Obamacare is constitutional, one thing is certain: The president’s proposal forces our veterans to fight one more battle to get the care our nation owes them.
Originally posted by sligtlyskeptical
If you are getting a $45,000 pension then you may have to pay $2,000 for health care. Doesn't seem unreasonable to me as it is better than what 90% of Americans get when they retire.