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  1. It's been like this ever since wall street bought our government two decades ago
  2. While the title specifies retirees the article paints an increasingly worse picture for military families. Welcome back to the clinton nineties where there's no operational or training budget and families are stuck with rising costs while military pay and allowances don't keep up with the cost of living. Once again servicemembers are going to be forced into making the very hard choice between serving their country or taking care of their families. We lost so many of our best and brightest back then because their children became ill and civilian medicine offered much better services than military medicine could provide. This is what happens when civilians who never spent a day in service run DoD. The sad truth is it's only going to get worse because the 2018 budget will once again make a move to dismantle the commissary system even more than it is now while continually raising prices to justify their doing so. Sheer stupidity to try and balance DoD's budget using servicemember's and their families while DoD itself wastes billions on recurring no bid defense contracts and severely over priced programs that don't work like F-35 and littoral combat ship. Stupid is as stupid does. Budget Proposal Includes Major Retiree Tricare Fee Hikes The new Defense Department budget proposal for 2017 sent today to Congress drastically increases the cost of healthcare for military retirees under 65 and reorganizes the currentTricare system, but otherwise includes few other major military family program reforms. Under the new proposal the primary three Tricare options -- Tricare Prime, Tricare Standard and the services used by retirees -- would be combined into two basic plans. Like the current Tricare Prime and Standard options, the newly minted Tricare Select and Tricare Choice would continue to offer free services at Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) and require co-pays for services from in-network civilian providers. Like Tricare Prime, Tricare Select would require users to receive referrals for specialty care, while Tricare Choice would operate like Tricare Standard, allowing users to self-refer. Active duty families and retirees could choose between the two plans and pay graduated fees between $20 and $250 for non-MTF care, depending on the service provided. As in the current Tricare Prime system, active-duty families stationed in remote areas far away from an MTF would be permitted to see in-network civilian providers without paying additional fees. The major price changes are reserved for retirees. Under the new plan those users would be forced to pay a yearly enrollment fee through an open-enrollment type process regardless of which Tricare option they choose. Currently, retirees using Tricare Prime pay $282.60 per year for a single person or $565.20 for a family, while Standard requires no enrollment fee. The new system, however, would require retirees pay a $350 enrollment fee for individuals or $700 for families for Tricare Select, and $450 for individuals or $900 for families for Tricare Choice. The increases are part of a $524 billion Defense Department budget request. Unlike recent years, the request includes no major commissary or housing allowance reform requests. Instead, those programs will continue to be impacted by legislation already in motion, including a push to change raise and lower commissary prices on a regional basis and plans to decrease Basic Allowance for Housing each year until it covers only 95 percent of troops' costs. Tricare deductibles would also increase under the proposal. Active duty families under E4 would pay $100 for an individual or $200 for families, while all other users would pay $300 for an individual or $600 for a family. Catastrophic caps would also increase, landing at $1,500 for active duty families and $4,000 for retirees. Future Tricare for Life users would also experience cost increases. Unlike current enrollees, newly qualified beneficiaries over 65 would be required to pay an annual fee of .5 percent of their gross retired pay for 2017, capped at $150 for most users and $200 for those who retired as flag officers. Those fees would increase to 2 percent by 2021, with a cap of $632 for most users and $842 for flag officers. Pharmacy fees would also continue their gradual increase. Currently a 30-day supply of generic medication at a retail pharmacy is $10 while a brand-name drug is $24. Those prices would increase gradually to $14 and $46 by 2026. 90-day supplies filled through the mail order pharmacy are currently free for generics, $20 for brand name options and $49 for non-formulary. Those prices would increase to $14, $46 and $92 respectively by 2026.
  3. Well said and I apologize if I came on too strong my Brother. My bad. Just kills me to see us all being played against each other. This is insanity where we're all losing.
  4. What are we supposed to believe then? Is the German government just trying to cover this up to avoid further violence or was she actually assaulted? There's so many reports of this I'm inclined to believe she was as this point. For the sake of humanity I sure pray I'm wrong.
  5. Reid is in bed with China over building a solar farm to provide energy to Las Vegas which is what the Bundy incident was really all about so if this isn't the pot calling the kettle black I don't know what is. They're all crooks.
  6. Oh my God. A great victory? Wall street has sold the liberals that ACA is their idea when in truth it absolves companies of providing health care to workers by placing the burden of health insurance on the worker thus freeing up more money for investor's profits. To add insult to injury wall street is using none other than IRS as their enforcement tool so it doesn't cost them a single penny to force you into purchasing their inferior insurance products. Now wall street is union busting which takes away your ability to collectively bargain your fair wage which frees up even more money for investor's profits. Bottom line: You're making less money AND you're being forced into paying more for health insurance while receiving less than desirable services. All hail the great union busting victory in West by God Virginia where hard working Coal Miners will experience even more medical issues as regulations are continually declining along with their wages. Yes sir, real great victory all right. Now come on and level your personal attacks that blast me for how I don't get it when this whole sick twisted greed driven ambush is as plain as the noses on our faces. How can so many normally intelligent human beings like you be so blind not to see what's really going on here? It's beyond me Brother.
  7. Really good analysis that makes total sense IF the election is rigged ... and I believe it is ... Hillary will win and she'll need the very support exactly as you write ALSO Hillary will need SCOTUS backing her own EO's which of course she'll blame on GOP for blocking her initiatives So the obvious question becomes what are "they" really up to now??? The plot thickens ... This is some really underhanded diabolical type outlandish shit wall street and DC are pulling off if it's true .. and I believe it is Very well done Shin
  8. Fifties under Eisenhower seemed pretty good. Lot of people worked and seemed like most had money even if it wasn't a lot.
  9. No matter how many recounts or explanations anyone gives a lot of us will never trust that election and still question every one since Sam you know I'm a big fan of common sense conservatism and GOP but both hurt our Country big time with their insane antics just to get Bush in the White House on that one. Be that as it may both sides should have backed off and let an independent non political group verify the votes so we all could have lived with it either way. Because that process wasn't allowed to happen voter count integrity has been questioned ever since.
  10. Let's see ... Rubio ... Sanders or clinton? Rubio
  11. People can say whatever they want but too many of us still question how his state magically provided the few hundred winning votes for his brother to win the 2000 election. While I like President Bush I still believe Vice President Al Gore won that election. Millions of us believe it so we'll never allow Jeb anywhere near our Presidency. Ain't gonna happen because no election has been the same since.
  12. DNC pulled Grimes' funding two weeks before the election when she was giving McConnell a real race to unseat him. Even though they claimed they didn't see her winning their actions are very highly suspect given Mitch is one of the good old boys along with our own on capital hill. Our side is just as guilty as their's no matter how any of us try to explain it. We agree that even though Obama has been one of the most unpopular Presidents he will down as one of the greats even though he hasn't been. I will give him due credit for growing into his office and becoming a much better Wartime President than I thought he would. Great job on that one because he's used economics instead of bullets which saves Servicemember's lives so I'm with him on this. However at the same time, Pelosi and her dems are mad at Obama for endorsing a $1.1 trillion spending bill that she says includes unnecessary eliminations of financial regulations and campaign finance rules. Turn out while they were mustering support to get rid of the eliminations Obama was on the phone trying to kill their efforts on behalf of good old JP Morgan, the fine folks who brought us the 2009 crash. We're as dirty as they are.
  13. Not trying to demean them. They just remind me of all the groups that never made it past the garage stage even though they perform in local bars and such.
  14. Would be nice to see us bank it in our own storage tanks like a savings account for times when we're short of oil.
  15. Wonder what she really is holding and even if it's real. We never know on the internet these days.
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