Military Healthcare Cuts


by Gretchen Parsons

WASHINGTON D.C.- Alaskan miliatry personell and retirees could soon be up in arms as they stand to lose eight percent of their purchasing power.

New TRICARE policies call to spike out of pocket costs for medical care co-pays.
While a hike in TRICARE costs alone might not be a tremendous amount, combined with cuts in basic pay, housing allowance and commisary privledges, the surge will have an overall, significant impact on more than wallets.
"It is going to have an impact on our national security as they start to wittle away at the services. Their ability to respond to the type of crisis that we need to is going to be impacted," says Colonel Burton.
An impact that Colonel Burton says could eventually lead to hollow forces as this is only the begininning in a series of cuts.
"The department of defense is going to be asked to reduce its spending by  50 billion per year for the next several years and if the very first year they are having eight percent of purchasing power impact on our military, whats going to happen in the out years," says Colonel Burton.
Some lawmakers are left scratching their heads when more cuts are being tacked on to men and women that bravley serve our country.
"Is this the right way  to approach how we deal with our military retirees military members and theyre families," asked Senator Murkowski.
In response to Senator Murkowski's question, Airforce Surgeon General Liutenant Genral Thomas Travis says he supports the President's budget but speaking only to the TRICARE part.
"I'm acutely aware of the fact that you add all these things together, its nickels and dimes but nickels and dimes add up I dont disagree," said General Travis.
While Colonel Burton understands the Department of Defense need to meet budgetary impacts, he suggests another approach.
"What has to happen is our leadership needs to take a step back and look at this in a more thoughtful balanced way and find other places to cut.  For instance aquisitions, merely the overun over the last few years has been in the range of 411 billion dollars so there are big cuts to be made there and we would reccomend that," said Colonel Burton.

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