The plan is in place to reduce health benefits for the military.http://freebeacon.com/trashing-tricare/
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.
Significantly, the plan calls for increases between 30 percent to 78 percent in Tricare annual premiums for the first year. After that, the plan will impose five-year increases ranging from 94 percent to 345 percent—more than 3 times current levels.
The massive increases beginning next year appear timed to avoid upsetting military voters in a presidential election year, critics of the plan say.
Additionally, the critics said leaving civilian workers’ benefits unchanged while hitting the military reflect the administration’s effort to court labor unions, as government unions are the only segment of organized labor that has increased in recent years.
This biggest issue I have with this is the lack of fairness. Federal Defense employees, most of which will never face a deployment or mandated overtime will retain their benefits while the grunts will pay greater rates. Many of the service members are going to require life long treatment for damage to their health directly related to their service.