Aren't Military Brats Good Enough
for Extended Health Insurance Coverage?

Curt Dale

Have any of you Active Duty GIs and Veterans been wondering how Commander in Chief Obama would get his hand in our pockets with his ObamaCare? Well, he's done it big time. Many of us have children who will be going off to college. The civilians can keep their kids on their insurance until age 26. But we GI types are scum to Obama, so he got to us through our kids. Just read through what is now revealed about ObamaCare cutting us off at the knees. It hits many of us. Certainly, it hits me big time. Military members and retirees kids are out of Tricare at age 21 or at age 23 if they are in college under ObamaCare. Read the following FOX news report.

Military members, veterans missing out on key ObamaCare provision (Fox news, November 11, 2013)

"One of the most touted benefits of President Obama's health care overhaul law is the provision allows parents to keep their adult children on their health insurance until age 26.

However, Trace Gallagher reported on "The Kelly File" Monday, this benefit is not being extended to a significant group of Americans: members of the U.S. military.

TRICARE, the Department of Defense program that provides health coverage to active duty and retired military members and their families, only covers young adult dependents up until age 21, or age 23 if they are enrolled full-time in college.

TRICARE recipients can then purchase a plan for their young adult dependents, according to their website.

Air Force veteran Eddie Grooms said he was disappointed to learn he could not add his 21-year-old daughter to his insurance provided by the military, as he thought he had been promised under the health care overhaul.

"It'd be nice if they leveled with everybody and let them know so that people could make plans, because this is going to hit all, I mean it's going to hit thousands of retirees over time," Grooms said.

Jessie Jane Duff of Concerned Veterans for America told Megyn Kelly the reason the benefit has not been extended to military members is the rates under TRICARE are very low because they are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.

She said "unfortunately" this means adult children cannot be covered, saying there has to be some "give and take" for the reduced rates.

"We've been very fortunate because legislation was passed that exempted TRICARE from a lot of the ObamaCare standings, so that actually has benefited veterans to keep the rates that they've had," Duff said."

So, he did shove the shiv right into out backs. We are such easy targets for him. Time for us to start raising #@!! with our congressional delegations.

© Colonel Curtis D. Dale, PhD USAF (Ret), NOVEMBER 2013, Parker, Colorado

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