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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 11:54 AM
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Military's health care costs booming
Source: USA Today

Military health care spending is rising twice as fast as the nation's overall health care costs, consuming a larger chunk of the defense budget as the Pentagon struggles to pay for two wars, military budget figures show.

The surging costs are prompting the Pentagon and Congress to consider the first hike in out-of-pocket fees for military retirees and some active-duty families in 15 years, said Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, deputy director of TRICARE, the military health care program.

Pentagon spending on health care has increased from $19 billion in 2001 to a projected $50.7 billion in 2011, a 167% increase.

The rapid rise has been driven by a surge in mental health and physical problems for troops who have deployed to war multiple times and by a flood of career military retirees fleeing less-generous civilian health programs, Hunter said.

Total U.S. spending on health care has climbed from nearly $1.5 trillion in 2001 to an estimated $2.7 trillion next year, an 84% increase.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-04-22-vet_N....
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 11:58 AM
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1. Transfer a few hundred million of that 700 Billion ...
from the yearly defense budget and transfer it from those "pretty weapons" to "military health care."

Problem Solved! :shrug:

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cap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 11:59 AM
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2. and so many of them are down on Obamacare
and yet, they want socialized medicine for themselves.
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 12:01 PM
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4. I'm in the military health care system, and I support HCR. I would love
for everyone to have the sort-of-single-payer care I have, actually.
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Wendio Donating Member (37 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 12:36 PM
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7. Are you aware
Edited on Fri Apr-23-10 12:37 PM by Wendio
that Tricare does not fall under the new HCR law? We just realized it when we looked into extending health benefits out through age 26 for our oldest who is a full time student but won't be for long.
There is a bill proposed but I haven't read or heard anything since.

eta HCR law instead of bill.
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 12:53 PM
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8. No, but I'm not surprised--hopefully they'll change Tricare to
allow coverage for those up to 26 as well, same as the civilian law. I don't know if kids up to 26 need to get counted as dependents, or whether that makes a difference.
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cap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-10 07:00 AM
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11. you are the exception
most military are down on HCR for the rest of us.
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 11:59 AM
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3. Best ways to keep military family health costs down are to end the wars, and
make civilian health care more affordable and attractive. Many people are in the military FOR the health care, alone.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 12:19 PM
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5. Candidate for this year's 'You Call This NEWS?" Award
If anyone should qualify for Medicare For All, it's veterans!!!

:mad:
rocktivity
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hayu_lol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 12:21 PM
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6. Bill the Bush and Cheney families...
for the total amount of the increase.
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KrazyinKS Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 01:22 PM
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9. Brother-in-law collects from Vietnam
My brother-in-law was in Vietnam and was exposed to agent orange. So 20 years later he gets prostrate cancer (by the way he worked for an exterminating agency for years) and he gets dumped by the insurance company he was being covered under. So he can collect as a war injury because agent orange can cause prostrate cancer. He has had extensive treatment at the VA hospital. This is over 20 years later and we are still paying for stuff from Vietnam. But get THIS-here we are sitting peacefully at home one Saturday morning and his wife calls and wants directions to the tea party rally here in town (she lives in a small town) so we give her the directions. She goes to TEA PARTIES!!!. Lord have mercy.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 01:56 PM
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10. Another rustic
biting the hand that feeds him
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