Obama to slash military healthcare while leaving civilian union benefits untouched

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.

The disparity in treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention.

The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget, and $12.9 billion by 2017.


Many in Congress are opposing the proposed changes, which would require the passage of new legislation before being put in place.

“We shouldn’t ask our military to pay our bills when we aren’t willing to impose a similar hardship on the rest of the population,” Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a Republican from California, said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon. “We can’t keep asking those who have given so much to give that much more.”

Read more at the FreeBeacon.com HERE.

  • carol myhren

    Since Obama is Commander-In_Chief, then does that mean he falls under the category of our military and he can pay more for his insurance?

    • Missy Schafer

      As commander in chief, Obama should have to have the same pay cuts he’s trying to impose! No reelection for this man!!!

  • CTRC, USN-RET

    Unbelievable, but so typical of this community organizer. Let’s penalize the people who swear to defend this country and leave crony union types untouched.

    Remember in November.

  • Joy444

    There are so many charges of treason that Congress can bring against Obama and they do nothing!! Now the Men and women that have put their life on the line for all of us are being sacrificed for Obama’s Union Buddies, enough is enough, if Congress let’s this fly, then it is time for we the people in mass go to Washington and do the removing of ALL involed. We are a Nation with NO leaders in Washington,DC.

  • Barbara J Struble

    Nothing that I think of is printable. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Let’s eliminate this illegal alien and true the vote for electing constitutional conservatives and Dr. Ronald Paul as president.
    Peace,

    • Kurtis

      Really, Barbara…illegal alien? The “Spirit of the Lord” certainly doesn’t seem to reside in your heart.

  • This is pitiful. It is time that our elected officials start taking some cuts themselves. They continue to drive us further in the hole while, they set back and lose nothing. Everyone should write their Congressman and Senators and demand that they take some of the cuts they are demanding us to take. Our benefits are cut while we pay in excess of $15,000.00 each of their plans. We take cuts in pay while they continue to get raises. A 3 % raise for us is far different than a 3 % raise for them. When we get a raise our medicade and medicare go up and usually ends up costing us the raise. When they get a raise it is all money in their pockets. Now they want to cut the Military healthcare and force the members to pay more. Lets get them to contribute to the National Debt and budget debits that “THEY” have created. They keep taking away from the American people and it cost them nothing. They need to be shown that the people are tired of their continued careless spending. Our troops are the ones laying their lives on the line and not the people setting in their air conditioned offices in Washington

  • I wake-up everyday and automatically begin to shake my head because I know EVIL will be in our faces. This is Just another blatant example.

    We have a community organizer as POTUS, hell bent on destroying this country. He is surrounded by radical, communist, marxist czars implementing the plan.

    I ask God, every night, to protect our great nation from evil incarnate. Please make sure we vote this dictator out of office.

  • Garry

    First off – I’m ashamed! ASHAMED to see this come about after serving for 20 years. But I also have to say “duh!” Why are they making us pay more? It isn’t going to CUT ANYTHING – It’s going to add to insurance dollars. I’m paying for insurance and its going to cost me more to pay for insurance. I’m going to get less medical care and its going to cost me more to get it! LOL – this is right up there with STUPID! Answer me… where’s the cut when I’M PAYING FOR IT!???

  • siteunseen

    Haven’t we abused our men and women in uniform enough? So now that we’ve maimed and wounded them with these wars for oil, we’re going to cut their medical benefits. This is oppression of the poor, and is a sin which cries to Heaven for vengeance. Obama your day is coming and so is your Judgement.

  • sfcpete

    After serving over 20 years in the military the politicians now as before decide to screw the retiree that was PROMISED free medical care for life. Little by little the crooks in DC whittle away at the benefits promised us all the while lining their pockets and making sure they are taken care of for life at taxpayers expense

    • sfcpete, Thank you for two decades of service to America!

      My Dad served 23 years and I don’t see the medical care as being provided “free”, but as EARNED!

  • Edward

    I understand, as a retired military member, that we must feel some pain to lower the cost and improve the status of the debt. However, why do we abuse our military alone? Is this not like what the left cried about the police, fire and teachers? That the debt of the communities were shouldered by those forces alone? Seems like they are attacking the “untouchable” group of the Right. Sad.

  • Mike Parsons

    That is just plain crazy. I am in the UK and we have enough problems for our military and retires, but we have free healthcare and benefits system. It’s not perfect but it works.

    For the US, the most powerful nation on the planet to screw over its armed forces is a kick in the teeth for every serviceman and woman.

    But let’s be real. It isn’t just Obama’s doing, he has a whole heap of senators and aides to advise……blame them as well. Blame Bush for starting this mess off. Blame terrorism if you want but don’t start on the illegal alien bullshit. According to native Americans, white Americans are illegal aliens too……should all of you be deported?

    Ignoring the stupid comments of Barbara Stuble for a moment. This reform will affect the families of the armed forces that defend your country, be they black, white, Hispanic, Chinese, Indian or British. If they are willing to die to protect your country, don’t show your ignorance by bringing race into this argument.

    The armed forces keep you safe, allow you the freedom to share your comments, no matter how racist or stupid they may be Barbara.

    Bush, Reagan, Obama, Clinton and whoever follows next……all need to respect them and treat them much better…….or soon you may find yourself a country without an army……then it’s the US people who suffer.

  • Obama wants to destroy the U.S. Military by demoralization and attrition. To do these things is totally unacceptable, but during wartime, is TREASONOUS! Our enemies know Obama is doing these things AND THEY take comfort in knowing!

  • K D

    Obama is spending close to $200k/hour to fly around on Air Force 1…. lets cut that part of the defense budget first! Next cut the wages of the federal employees so they are equal to the private sector.

  • Marti

    My parents came to US to escape tyranny. They were so proud to be become citizens and raise us kids in freedom. They taught us to love our God, country, and family, work hard, and never disgrace family or country.
    How sad they would be to see what has become of their beloved country.
    I have only a few more years on this earth, but I will gladly go down fighting for my kids and grand children.

  • Dbrooks

    This is part of the plan – to deincentivize anybody from wanting to join the military and to encourage those in the military to leave. That way, he has total control and can lead America to her d eath without protest. We will become a third world country just like the one his relatives live in and he will be the exhaulted ruler, ultimately of the new world order……..I used to think an idea like this was cra zy but I see the handwriting on the wall…..we have another h it ler in office….

  • Don Vander Jagt, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

    As long as the pundit’s and the Republicans refuse to come to grips with who this Moslem is and refuse to tell it like it is; that his agenda is to destroy our nation he will keep getting away with this stuff!

  • there are 20million or more veterans living in this great country.let us vote as a block to get the country we were defending back from the communist leaning president we now have.

  • MFinSC

    He is a shameless piece of detritus and needs to be removed in November. If he’s not, then it leads to my personal mantra that “the American people are to f***ing stupid to be allowed to vote”.

  • David Roberts

    Seems like everything Obama does is a sham. Unions, my ass. Don’t they realize that when Socialism takes over, it takes over the Unions? Those Union bosses can’t be to bright.