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    Gerard P. Keenan 16 E. Beech St. Central Islip, NY 11722 (631) 582-1262 (ph) (516) 768-9602 (mobile) secureops1@verizon.net gkeenan@suffolk.lib.ny.us
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 2, 2010
      Gerard P. Keenan
      16 E. Beech St.
      Central Islip, NY 11722
      (631) 582-1262 (ph)
      (516) 768-9602 (mobile)
      ACT!For America, NYC/Long Island Chapter
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Beowulf
      To: grendelreport@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 4:18 PM
      Subject: [grendelreport] Fwd: PASS THIS ON TO ALL MILITARY RETIREES


      Please pass on to all your military retired friends so they can be
      educated on how the "health care reform" will change our tricare
      benefits. Read article at very bottom of e-mail string for more
      information. v/r This is true. It is on pages 77, 172, 218, and 434. You
      have to dig to see the charges.

      We (retirees) would lose the Medicare for life benefit and would have to
      pay. We would lose TRICARE as a total care package. We would not be
      allowed to keep TRICARE so when Obama stands and says if you like what
      you have you can keep it, he lies. This is a "Heads Up" on a battle we
      are facing now and down the road with the new Administration.
      The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has already drafted proposed
      legislation that would basically reduce our TRICARE for Life benefits to
      a system whereby we pay deductibles and co-pays up to $6,301 the first
      year for you and your spouse, with future years being indexed to
      increase with inflation. What can we do? The article below, obtained
      from an Air
      Force Association and written by BG Bob Clements, best describes what we
      can do.

      Please read it and check the links for CBO language and do what Bob
      says-Send this email to every Military Retiree you know and write and
      email your Congressman often. For those of you that might have voted for
      "Change", you should do it more than often! TRICARE FOR LIFE'S
      FUTURE.... TRICARE For Life was instituted to correct the broken promise
      that military retirees would receive free healthcare coverage for life
      and it covers the Medicare co-pay. Now a heavy assault has begun
      on Veterans'/Retirees' benefits to pay for other programs our President
      promised during the campaign. And it is a high priority of his

      The one item of most interest to Retired Military is in Article 189. If
      approved by Congress the first assault wave would hit in 2011 and would
      hit hard. It would initiate cost sharing to require retirees to pay the
      first $525 of medical cost and 50% of the next $4,725 for a first year
      cost of $2,888 per person. It would be indexed to increase with
      inflation. A reason given for this action (for PR effect) is "overuse"
      by Retirees. For those of you who are covered by TFL you will want to
      pay attention (Below) to what BG Bob Clements has surfaced about the
      future of TFL.
      In any case, on page 189 of the Congressional Budget Office report, see
      the note below on how to get to that spot, there is a strong
      recommendation to eventually eliminate the program as it is too
      expensive. Just another move to slight those of us who dedicated much of
      our adult lives to the defense of our country. Strongly recommend that
      you contact your elected officials and register your strong opposition
      to the elimination of the TFL program. Heads-up from BG Bob
      Clements,USAF Ret (P38 Bob).

      The following has been added to the Congressional Budget Office Web Site
      **www.cbo.gov/* <http://www.cbo.gov/>*
      * a. Budget, Options, Volume 1: Health Care *
      <http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=9925>*) For those who have never
      opened one of these web sites from OMB: *
      * 1) double click on the above URL *
      * 2) click on PDF *
      * 3) click on the binoculars *
      * 4) do a search for TFL .

      Now here it is folks and I will guarantee if you sit around on your
      behind and do nothing about it as they bring these options forward this
      coming year, you will lose one of the best healthcare benefits that the
      Medicare eligible retired military have..It is short of the promises
      made that we fought so hard for back in the late 90s and early 2000s but
      it is still the best healthcare program that anyone in the United States
      has, bar none. People who are professionals always look for the channel
      of least resistance when it comes to cutting money out of the Federal
      and DOD budget. I can tell you this straight on, military retirees are
      one of those channels of least resistance noted for sitting around,
      doing nothing, and waiting for ole Joe to do it for them. You had better
      wake up. Your medical benefits are prime target. If you lose them, you
      have nobody to blame but yourself. Let me repeat that ... you have
      nobody to blame but yourself. The way to secure your benefits is to
      write to your members of Congress and to keep writing and writing and
      writing. ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH!! Keep repeating the above statement until
      you are blue in the face.

      Now I'm going to make one more statement to all of you younger
      people out there who are not yet eligible for TRICARE for Life. HEALTH
      that . . . . it will impact you big time with the utmost in cruelty
      unless you are fortunate enough to die from a heart attack or get run
      over by a truck. The service organizations will put up a fight, but,
      they will need your help and can't do it by themselves. I hope this
      makes it clear as to what you can expect if you do nothing. To show you
      how stupid these professionals can be at times just read the data on
      the noted sites closely. You will see that in spite of the
      MTFs (Military Treatment Facility) need to get patients back to keep
      their doctors busy and the hospitals from going to clinic status, these
      people from OMB would employ a means to keep retirees from using MTF
      facilities by charging them a fee for services. How dumb can you get.
      Even if you are an Obama fan, and believe that changeth cometh, TFL
      option from OMB will not go away. They need the money they spend on
      you for other programs for people who produce nothing but votes to keep
      their boss in office.

      If you know of anyone who is Retired Military, Please forward this on to
      them. Bob Remember- TFL is an "Earned Benefit" that's been granted by a
      previous Congress. *

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