“The CBO also suggests an option to raise TRICARE enrollment fees, deductibles or copayments, actions also proposed by the administration last April. For working-age retirees, those under 65, fee hikes should be phased over five years and use a tiered approach so that senior-grade retirees would pay higher fees than lower-ranking retirees.
Philpott reports that the CBO says higher enrollment fees not only would raise collections but also discourage retirees and families from relying on military health care versus civilian employer health insurance. Higher deductibles and co-pays would restrain use of medical services too and also lower TRICARE costs.
Read more: http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2012/11/avoiding-the-fiscal-cliff-could-be-equally-painful/#ixzz2Cj4yl2ny
Sure we promised you stuff for risking your lives, but the baby mammas and baby daddies needs they food stamps and welfare, so you outta luck.
How about cutting the welfre budget by 10%? They wouldn’t even have to cut benefits since most of it is bureaucracy.
Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice, shame on you again.
20 years ago my wise old man told me the government would never pay me my military retirement.
I told him that the government would also find out that the military showed me how to shoot a rifle a long way with incredible accuracy.
Sad truth but we are getting closer every day.
A pittance. Cut out any pensions to members of Congress and their staffs, the executive branch and staff members and convert them all over to Social Security and ObamaCare.
Notice how they never go after the benefits of those who did Jack Squat for their country?
Send these CBO douchebags to a combat zone.
Active Duty/Retiree ping.
Sadly, this will happen. Just like cuts to Medicare and SS will happen.
This is also why we field mercs. Mercs are cheaper long term than US military personal.
the last pensions to be reviewed should be military
first up should be all those local, state and federal employees with massive pension plans lasting decades with little monies contributed
My Mom is 86 this year - born Navy, grew up Navy, married Navy - Hell, she BLEEDS Blue and Gold. Not to mention the 25+ years she has volunteered at Walter Reed/Bethesda ...
Between my 2 Grandfathers, my Dad, and myself - we have a combined 80 years of service ...
NO WAY IN HELL AM I GONNA LET THIS HAPPEN. Van Hollen is my Rep - I am going to tell him that I will do everything LEGALLY POSSIBLE to ENSURE that he loses his next election IF they cut the bennies. There is a LARGE retiree population in our District ...
These are NOT benefits that are GIVEN - they are EARNED !!!
They promised benefits at retirement for those who would for a 20+ year hitch risk their lives, live separated from home, endure hardship conditions, and give strict adherence to rules that stripped a number of rights.
That was the deal.
This is not some comfy-cozy teacher working 8-3, 5 days a week, for 9 months a year, with all federal and state holidays, snow days, and recovery days. And then going driving each afternoon back to the security of hearth and home.
Military career soldiers are the experienced core that makes a military work. Without them, the nation is virtually defenseless.
What was promised should be paid.
There seems to be some confusion in this thread.
The CBO does not make suggestions. The CBO takes a request that some member of Congress makes, like ‘hey, find out how much money we would save/spend if we all wore fruit on our heads’ and they do the math on it.
So, in this case, some Congresscritter has asked the CBO to research what can be saved by cutting into military benefits. The correct target of your ire is that critter, not the CBO. They’re just nerds with calculators.