Obama’s War on the Troops

Panetta calls for soldier pay freeze one year after TRICARE cut proposal
Soldiers attend a deployment ceremony Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala. (AP)

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1 percent increase next year due to “budget uncertainties” related to sequestration.

Obama to Soldiers: Pay Up

Threatens to veto bill unless it hikes health care fees for service members

The Obama administration on Friday threatened to veto a defense appropriations bill in part because it does not include higher health care fees for members of the military.

The Tricare Twist

Pentagon to pay new contractor $200 million more while upping fees for military retirees

The Pentagon has agreed to pay a health care provider about $200 million more than a competing contractor’s bid for military retirees’ Tricare services at the same time as it is asking retirees to pay large increases for their care. UnitedHealthcare won the bid last week over TriWest, the health care provider for retirees in 21 western states since 1996, despite TriWest’s bid on the three-year, $20.4 billion contract that was about $200 million less than UnitedHealth’s winning offer, according to a source close to the competition.

The Obamacare Surge

Cuts in Tricare program could add billions to cost of Affordable Care Act

A proposed increase in health care fees for active and retired military members could add to the ballooning costs of President Obama’s health care reforms.

The War on Tricare

Panetta defends Tricare cuts as House leaders call them ‘another hit on the military’

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday defended the Pentagon’s plan to increase healthcare fees for military personnel as a senior House Republican called the increases another Obama administration “hit” on the military.

Tricare Fury

Obama Cuts to Military Health Care Spark Outrage

The WFB’s recent report on an Obama administration proposal to slash health care benefits for active duty and retired military has sparked a fierce reaction against the White House from friends of the American military. The American Action Network, meanwhile, has started a Facebook petition to tell “the president that our men and women in uniform should come before his union cronies.” Here is a taste of what some of our readers had to say about the article.