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The Rubicon – Goodbye Tricare For Life

August 18, 2009
via email …..

ATTN: ALL MILITARY RETIREES

This is a call to ARMS! I urge you to forward this to all active and retirees immediately so as to have interesting talking points for our elected socialist officials that may be hosting “Town Hall Meetings” in areas of opportunity within your grasp while they are on their “August Vacations”..

By CMSgt (ret) Roy Penman and the Eglin Chiefs Group.
To: All Military Retirees:

This is a “Heads Up” on a battle we are facing now and down the road with the new Administration. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has already drafted proposed legislation that would basically reduce our TRICARE for Life benefits to a system whereby we pay deductibles and co-pays up to $6,301 the first year for you and your spouse, with future years being indexed to increase with inflation.

What can we do? The article below, obtained from an Air Force Association and written by BG Bob Clements, best describes what we can do. Please read it and check the links for CBO language and do what Bob says-Send this email to every Military Retiree you know and write and email your Congressman often. For those of you that might have voted for “Change”, you should do it more than often!

TRICARE FOR LIFE’S FUTURE . .. .

TRICARE For Life was instituted to correct the broken promise that military retirees would receive free healthcare coverage for life and it covers the Medicare co-pay. Now a heavy assault has begun on Veterans’/Retirees’ benefits to pay for other programs our President promised during the campaign. And it is a high priority of his administration.

The one item of most interest to Retired Military is in Article 189. If approved by Congress the first assault wave would hit in 2011 and would hit hard. It would initiate cost sharing to require retirees to pay the first $525 of medical cost and 50% of the next $4,725 for a first year cost of $2,888 per person. It would be indexed to increase with inflation. A reason given for this action (for PR effect) is “overuse” by Retirees. For those of you who are covered by TFL you will want to pay attention (Below) to what BG Bob Clements has surfaced about the future of TFL.

In any case, on page 189 of the Congressional Budget Office report, see the note below on how to get to that spot, there is a Strong recommendation to eventually eliminate the program as it is too expensive.

Just another move to slight those of us who dedicated much of our adult lives to the defense of our country. Strongly recommend that you contact your elected officials and register your strong opposition to the elimination of the TFL program.

Heads-up from BG Bob Clements, USAF Ret. The following has been added to the Congressional Budget Office Web Site: http://www.cbo.gov/.

a. Budget, Options, Volume 1: Health Care (http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=9925)

For those who have never opened one of these web sites from OMB:

  1. double click on the above URL
  2. click on PDF
  3. click on the binoculars
  4. do a search for TFL

Now here it is folks and I will guarantee if you sit around on your behind and do nothing about it as they bring these options forward this coming year, you will lose one of the best healthcare benefits that the Medicare eligible retired military have. It is short of the promises made that we fought so hard for back in the late 90s and early 2000s but it is still the best healthcare program that anyone in the United States has, bar none.

People who are professionals always look for the channel of least resistance when it comes to cutting money out of the Federal and DOD budget.. I can tell you this straight on, military retirees are one of those channels of least resistance noted for sitting around, doing nothing, and waiting for ole Joe to do it for them. You had better wake up. Your medical benefits are prime target. If you lose them, you have nobody to blame but yourself. Let me repeat that …. you have nobody to blame but yourself.

The way to secure your benefits is to write to your members of Congress and to keep writing and writing and writing. ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH!! Keep repeating the above statement until you are blue in the face.

Now I’m going to make one more statement to all of you younger people out there who are not yet eligible for TRICARE for Life. HEALTH CARE WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME THE DOMINATING FACTOR IN YOUR LIFE. Remember that . . . it will impact you big time with the utmost in cruelty unless you are fortunate enough to die from a heart attack or get run over by a truck. The service organizations will put up a fight, but, they will need your help and can’t do it by themselves. I hope this makes it clear as to what you can expect if you do nothing.

To show you how stupid these professionals can be at times just read the data on the noted sites closely. You will see that in spite of the MTFs (Military Treatment Facility) need to get patients back to keep their doctors busy and the hospitals from going to clinic status, these people from OMB would employ a means to keep retirees from using MTF facilities by charging them a fee for services.

How dumb can you get. Even if you are an Obama fan, and believe that change cometh, TFL option from OMB will not go away. They need the money they spend on you for other programs for people who produce nothing but votes to keep their boss in office..

If you know of anyone who is Retired Military, please forward this on to them. Remember- TFL is an “Earned Benefit” that’s been granted by a previous Congress.

Ed note ….. Links to contact your representatives are located on the “Quick Links” tab at the top of this page. Once you are on the “Quick Links” page, scroll down to “Government Contact Info …..”, then select “My Elected Officials“.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. steve permalink
    November 9, 2009 7:04 pm

    Please keep an eye on the Military Officers Organization of America for up to date information on this topic:

    http://www.moaablogs.org/battleofthebilge/2009/10/cboagain/

    It is VERY important to monitor the true and actual facts on this matter ESPECIALLY with regard to this particular message (seen above) that has been making it’s rounds on email.

    Knowing the facts helps to squelch the spread of myths and false information. You don’t want to look like one of those knee-jerk forwarders that don’t check the facts first.

    I, myself, will be keeping a close eye on what this health care bill is saying and I hope you do to.

  2. Jacqueline Gray permalink
    October 12, 2009 5:46 pm

    Keep the promise that was promised. It’s extremely important for TRICARE to stay alive. Please, Please, Please keep your promise.

  3. September 12, 2009 11:43 am

    We need are Tricare for life to meet our medical expenses Ron

  4. Alfred J. Hill Sr permalink
    September 4, 2009 9:58 am

    God Loves Unconditionally – People Loves Conditionally – People HATE Unconditionally ! Think about those words Country Leadership.

    KEEP THE PROMISE ALIVE – “Tricare For Life” – For Our Military Retirees !

  5. August 24, 2009 1:56 pm

    Make it three ditto’s here. As a chapter president with the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association, and a Retired Air Force Smsgt I have found it to be true, in order to get a substantial number of opinions to our Sen’s and Rep’s we need to make it as easy as possible for folks to send, call, or email. If it takes too much thought they will not respond. I think it’s called apathy, in most cases.

  6. Jerry Townsley permalink
    August 22, 2009 10:41 am

    I agree with Mr. Daniel Baird we need to make it easier for all to email there reps. you need to attach a short letter to this so they can copy and add to it or just sent it as is. Some people don’t know what to or how to put into words what needs to be said.

  7. Daniel Baird permalink
    August 22, 2009 8:59 am

    I just send emails to both senators and one congressman in Ohio (Steve Austria) It took a little searching to find how to contact them – I suspect it will be more difficult for the elderly that are not familiar with computers to contact their law makers.
    This article could be made more useful if it included contacts websites and how to do it.

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