Our buddy, Rick Maze, at the Military Times, writes about how the liberal think tank, The Center For American Progress thinks they can dismantle our national security apparatus by slicing to pieces the things that make military service attractive to prospective recruits. Attractive enough to make a career out of service. The smelly hippies who hate the military suggest that the military cap pay raises, reduce the healthcare benefit that retirees have already paid for with their service, and reduce the retirement compensation to 40% of their pay instead of 50% and make retirees wait until they’re 60 years old to get it;
Similarly, the report endorses many of the Defense Department’s proposals for cutting health care costs by raising fees, mostly on retirees and their families. But the report goes a step further: “To truly restore the Tricare program to stable financial footing, the Defense Department should enact measures to reduce the overutilization of medical services and limit double coverage of working-age military retirees,” the report says.
One idea would be to modify Tricare for Life benefits for Medicare-eligible retirees so that the program would not cover the first $500 of costs per year and would cover only 50 percent of the next $5,000.
Another idea would be to mandate that working-age retirees could only have Tricare benefits if they or their spouses do not have access to employer-provided health benefits. The report suggests this would be an income-based restriction but does not say what the cutoff should be.
Yeah, I dare them to suggest the same things for Social Security. Tell those people on SSI for life that they can’t get it until they’re 60 and that their out-of-pocket healthcare costs are zooming up. Tell Social Security recipients that you’re going to slash their benefit. I’m not saying that Social Security recipients are itinerant lay abouts, what I’m saying is that stupid hippies would never slash their own social programs the way they attack the military’s benefit programs.
I want to compliment Rick Maze for finally noticing a liberal group and calling it such in his article. I think this is a first for him.