Credit must be given where it is due. For the past three years, the military has asked for an increase in premiums and copays for its active and retired personnel. It was done in an effort to get people to utilize ‘other programs, such as employer (in the case of retirees) benefits instead of government insurance. As a result, the pentagon estimates a $1.6 billion annual savings.
All three years, the government rejected the proposal.
Now, Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas has introduced legislation to freeze then payments at their current amount. This comes on the heels of the Obama administration tasking the pentagon with coming up with a 10% cut in the military budget (a $55 billion dollar cut).
Nicely done, sir. And I, for one, and glad to see there are those in congress actually thinking ahead on my behalf. I will be honest, an increase would not overly stretch my resources. But the fact that there are those who are taking a stand for our troops, I will applaud them- regardless of party affiliation.
It is notable that similar legislation last year had 215 co-sponsors. Let us see how things go this year.
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