Pentagon Considers Cutting Health Benefits For Our Military Retirees

November 29, 2010 7:18 am 8 comments

by eschipul

After nearly two years of the hearing the Obama administration explain how amazing our lives will be once Obamacare has passed, we now find Defense Secretary Robert Gates looking for ways to cut the health benefits of our nations heroes.

I’m still waiting for Obama to deliver on his promises. Health care costs should be dropping any day now. Health care quality will increase. Obamacare will be completely deficit neutral. If you like your health care, you can keep it. Yadda yadda yadda. If we are ALL supposed to be experiencing “health care Utopia”, why is our military facing benefit cuts?

“Health care costs are eating the Defense Department alive,” Gates said in a much-noticed speech in May. Defense budget analysts say that rising health care costs will make less money available for new weapons, repairs to a worn-out arsenal and quality-of-life programs like schools on military bases.

“In the long run, it could actually limit our ability to field a military of sufficient size,” said Todd Harrison, a senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington.

Let me see if I can wrap my head around this. We can pay for Chinese prostitutes to learn how to handle their liquor, build a tunnel to help turtles cross the highway, and build a border fence on Mexico’s southern border instead of our own, but we can’t maintain the health benefits of our military retirees?

If our government can’t even maintain the health care needs of the men and women that have fought for our freedom, how could we ever let them get involved in the health care of the entire nation?


  • I think you did a great jog wrapping your head around this Aaron. Well at least as good as anyone can because no one in there right mind can really understand the the thinking aof a mad man.

    The Obama Administration has shown us what they are about. Allah good, God bad, Chinese prostitutes good american citizens bad. Saving the turtles good saving the unborn bad. Letting our enemies enter our nation by the southern border good, honoring our military bad.

    This world in upside down and i fear any do not see it or if they do they don’t care.

  • Michael Joe Thannisch

    The problem is that Obamacare does nothing to actually lower health costs.

    There are several things that can help drop health costs: 1) Tort reform
    2) Enforce the law that only allows pharmaceutical companies to make a 10% profit on items in which the government funded research.
    3) Encourage patients to get three bids for non emergency procedures.
    4) Change the way billing is done. Procedure billing creates multiplicity of procedures in order to increase cash coming in.

    Of course if we want to lower health costs, we can also start watching our diet, weight, tobacco and alcohol, not to mention get enough sleep, and quit worrying.

  • This Wikileaks thing is amazing. Every nation has the right to keep it’s secrets. This Assange guy obviously has a vendetta against the United States. He’s an Austrailian right? Would he like to see all of that nation’s secrets spilled out in the open? There is no country in the world that doesn’t have state secrets. What about national defence? One thing that is being overlooked is that sometimes such secrets help to avoid conflict. Did Assange ever think of that? No….he’s looking to embarass the United States and make a name for himself. I think his 15 minutes of fame will be over soon enough.

  • This guy and all those that are involved with Wikileaks are enemies of this nation and should be treated as such….

    I am no fan of Obama but having said that he is our president and if we have any chance of staying the worlds super power we must have the ability to hold secrets…and our friends around the world need to know we can be trusted…

  • Rhonda Bendell

    Mel Gibson use to be a fantastic actor. Its too bad what has happened to him. I don’t think his career will ever recover.

  • soutien scolaire

    i just want to say I love the blog. thanks.

  • My husband is in the military, and I worry every day for his safety. That being said, I can’t imagine the horror that the people of the middle east that we occupy have to worry about every day, as well. If these documents keep the US honest and one less wife/mothe­r has to live in fear for her family, then so be it.

  • Merry Christmas!

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