Bush Plan Denies Health Care to 600,000 Military Retirees
Once the uniform comes off, you're on your own. From American Progress:
President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have proposed fee hikes to the Pentagon's health care system, TRICARE, that could deny health benefits to as many as 600,000 veterans. Under Bush's proposal, military retirees would be forced to pay higher prescription drug co-payments and annual enrollment fees. The plan would triple health care costs for retirees. The Military Officers Association of America says the administration is playing a "shell game" by steering military retirees away from TRICARE and instead toward health plans offered by their current employers. Rep. John McHugh (R-NY), military personnel subcommittee chairman, said, "I guess we could talk about the morality of that, if that's the way to contain costs [by] persuading people not to use health care. But I'm going to put that aside."