Wednesday, May 25, 2005

But They Still Have Free Health Care at their Neighborhood M*A*S*H

National Guardsmen and Reservists have lost a battle with Washington. Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has yanked a plan to allow citizen-soldiers to buy health insurance for themselves and their families through the military's TRICARE system. Rep Hunter used a rare authority of his post to kill the plan. The rising cost of health care has Washington looking for ways to cut benefits like health insurance for the military.

It would have let Guardsmen and Reservists buy individual insurance for $75 a month and family coverage for $233.

Roughly 20% of the Guard and Reserve have no access to civilian health insurance. Roughly 100% of them can be called to serve in combat. (

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