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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

To all fellow military retirees: BOHICA, MF

Found this at via, some harsh language is in my commentary:

Military healthcare reform no longer taboo to talk about
By John T. Bennett - 02/28/11 08:05 PM ET

For the first time in nearly 20 years, members of the U.S. military might have to pay more for healthcare.

With the nation at war for nearly a decade, military healthcare and benefit programs have been considered sacrosanct. The Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts have generated reverence among the public for the U.S. military, making it unthinkable for most lawmakers to vote against any proposal that would take dollars out of troops’ pockets.

“This is one of the hardest rocks to crack,” said Gordon Adams, who ran defense budgeting for the Clinton administration. Reform in the area of benefits has proven “very, very hard,” he added.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, however, are pushing of late for a modest hike in healthcare premiums paid by military members, and some lawmakers are listening.

Mullen recently told the House Armed Services Committee that people costs account for “60 [percent] to 70 percent of our budget,” adding that the military is “on track to almost be immobilized” by healthcare and benefits costs.

To begin paring down some of those bills, the Pentagon’s 2012 budget plan seeks to increase medical premiums for working-age military retirees by $30 — from $230 to $260 — and by $60 for family policies — from $460 to $520. That plan is one aspect of a Pentagon goal of slashing personnel costs by about $7 billion.

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), House Armed Services Committee ranking member, recently told reporters changes are needed to bring down costs.

“We have to examine where some of that money is going,” Smith said during a Feb. 17 breakfast with reporters in Washington. “It is a significant driver of the budget.”

When a business encounters budget trouble, “the first place it goes is labor costs,” Smith said. “There may have to be some increases in those fees [for] employment-age retirees.”

Asked about DoD healthcare changes during a Feb. 15 roundtable with reporters, Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee, said: “Everything needs to be on the table” as Washington grapples with its budgetary woes.

Other lawmakers are talking openly about — or at least not dismissing outright — changes to DoD healthcare policies untouched since 1995. That was the last time any fees in TRICARE — the name of the decades-old military healthcare system — were changed.

Pentagon officials have tried in recent years to bring about changes.

During a major budget speech last May, Gates referred to several attempts by the department to convince lawmakers to approve “modest [TRICARE] increases in premiums and co-pays.” All were defeated by a “furious response from Congress and veterans groups,” Gates said.

Defense leaders were spurred to seek those increases because “healthcare costs are eating the Defense Department alive,” Gates said at the time.

The military expected to spend $244 billion on personnel costs in 2010, more than a third of the $636 billion appropriated to DoD. Some analysts peg the actual number at over $300 billion.

Pentagon officials have said healthcare costs have swelled over the last 10 years, from $19 billion to $50 billion.

With the nation in dire fiscal straits and the defense budget expected to shrink, Congress watchers see lawmakers’ resistance ebbing.

David Berteau, a former Defense Department official and now a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) analyst, said “the votes may be there this time.”

Berteau sees evidence of “cracks in the uniform procedure of voting against” dollars for defense programs.

Any enacted reforms likely will come after several legislative moves, “not a one-time, everyone-come-together kind of solution,” Berteau said Friday.

But there will be resistance among some lawmakers.

One is Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who has promised to fight the department’s latest try to boost premiums.

“As someone who grew up in the military and served in the military, I start from the presumption that lifetime healthcare for career military personnel is part of a moral contract between our government and those who have stepped forward to serve,” Webb said in a statement. “For this reason, I oppose any proposal to raise TRICARE fees for military retirees.”

Some say tightening budgets and ever-escalating personnel costs are setting up a fight inside the Pentagon budget: people versus machines.

But Michael Bayer, until recently chairman of the influential Defense Business Board, on Friday said personnel programs will compete for funding with overhead and support functions, not hardware programs.

“Political constituencies for forces decline and increase for overhead over time,” Bayer said. “In past [defense spending] downturns, overhead and support won political [battles] with forces.”

(End of story. My comments follow.)

Patriotism doesn't end with retirement after a military career. There will be occasions when those of us who proudly wore this nation's military uniform can bet we'll be asked for further sacrifice.

So I'll go for having my medical benefits adjusted AGAIN (as the article states, it last happened in 1995) if that's what the country needs. But only if every other federal retiree of any stripe, every federal welfare queen, every Medicare/Medicaid/SSI recipient is impacted in a similar manner. That means each and every swinging dick currently sucking on the public tit.

Otherwise stand the fuck by, if you think the NRA has clout in Washington just wait until all the veterans organizations get revved up on this one.


MightyMom said...

might need to rewrite that post honey,'s a little ambivalent.

Not to sure how you feel about them docking your benes....

Cookie..... said...

HEAR HEAR mate!! If things keep going the way ther are, I see bad days ahead for our once great country.

Cookie..... said...

BTW, tomorrow's post is gonna link back to this post.

Subvet said...

MM, will do.

Subvet said...

Cookie, thanks for the referral from your blog.

ignorant redneck said...


you know where i stand, vis a vis my personal well being and the current administration.

I'm gonna link this on my FB page, because my liberal buddies read it.

WomanHonorThyself said...

hey there my friend...if it were up to this administration..vets would probably get nothing..such ingrates.

Subvet said...

IR, thanks for the link. I've been told that site hits are everything.

Subvet said...

WHT, it may yet come to pass.

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