March 22, 2010

Obamacare and Tricare: What's the story?


Okay, because this isn't exactly a one-link answer, and I've gotten several questions regarding how this affects Tricare, I'll try and connect the dots here as best I can. It's pretty simple, really, it just takes a little while to pull together.

There's nothing in the health care bill (HCB) that specifically says anything about Tricare - anymore. What happened was this:

1 - In the original version of the bill, there was a clause specifically stating that Tricare is an approved health care plan under the HCB's requirements.

2 - Last week, Obama proposed a plan requiring veterans and wounded soldiers to essentially repay any medical treatment they were given, until the American Legion and other groups raised a stink about it. Due to the bad press it got, they backed down off of that proposal.

3 - After that happened, the protection clause for Tricare and military health care mysteriously disappeared, according to the Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO). So when the Press Secretary said over the weekend that the military is protected, he lied. Tricare is now no longer considered an "approved" form of health care and is subject to review by the Department of the Treasury (and we as individuals to the IRS) as to whether or not it is considered a "quality" form of healthcare, as well as any future Health Advisory Boards they choose to create, as provided for in the bill - NOT the Armed Services Committee or any other committee or branch related to the military, even though Tricare is specifically a military organism.

The point is, there has been a shell game going on with Tricare for the last week and there's no reason to assume that it's over with yet. Why would they specifically, intentionally remove a clause saying Tricare is approved?

There's no good reason.

10 comments:

  1. Very good point and glad you clarified because I had read your earlier post and was trying to figure out how to make it known to others...but you did a good job of explaining it. Basically if you have an approved health insurance policy right now you are covered and don't have to worry about purchasing any other kind of insurance. They are saying that Tricare is Health Care but not Health INSURANCE. (I believe) Therefore...however many million members of the armed services would have to purchase health insurance. Complete crock and absolutely ridiculous! And I'm sure this will continue being fought so it's not worth freaking out about yet, but good to know what our Senators and Congressmen have been voting to approve.

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  2. Thank you! :)

    Still hate him. ;)

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  3. we received an email today from the wing SgtMajor and it gave some non answer about how legislation will be put forth and passed classifying us as meeting the minimum requirement. I'd like to know if we might have to pay taxes on the perceived worth of the "compensation" of our benefits.

    Oh and apparently I can find your site, I've just been laying low blog wise lately, im feeling overwhelmed at home. sigh. such as life.: )

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  4. just wanted to respond to your comment - I'm still here and following you. It's just that it's been really hard for me to type with my head wrapped in duct tape!!!!!

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  5. Holy cow... I had no idea Tricare was being affected! I thought it was exempt. This is so awful. I hope it gets nipped in the bud and corrected. What a way to show respect for the military.

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  6. I have been wondering a lot about this issue. Thanks for supplying a little clarification.

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  7. Honestly, and I know this is bad, but I'm the type that hides my head in the sand over stuff like this until it passes...Then I decided to learn how it affects me...So thanks for sharing because I was wondering about this very thing last night! Hopefully they get this mess straightened out!

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  8. Although, I'm not a big Obama fan, I was excited when he was elected on the pure fact that he was African-American. I felt, what a great breakthrough. But since then, he's had some pie in the sky ideas that just aren't working out. Our pastor gave a sermon on Sunday about God being in control, not congress. It helped put perspective in my mind and peace in my heart (especially with effects to our children). Thanks for researching this info.

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  9. I hate politics. This whole health care/Tricare issue is so frustrating. Keeping my fingers crossed that it all works out.

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  10. I am so frustrated over this plan and how it is going to effect Tricare. There is so much that is so unclear with this plan and I want to know exactly how it is going to effect the military. Ike Skelton gives our base LOADS of money! We are in Missouri. He will do whatever it takes to protect the military when it comes to Tricare. I have faith in him, but it is the Washington that I do not have faith in. Please update as you find more information. School consumes my life. I am trying to stay up to date on this health plan, but it has been easier said than done.

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