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I wrote her a letter explaining my concerns about cutting military spending:
FURTHER CUTS TO MILITARY PAY AND BENEFITS
I am disheartened to learn that the Obama Administration is looking to make deeper cuts into the pay and benefits of current military and retired military personnel. I am always appalled at the fact that the military people are always the first people congress goes after when cutting budgets. It is as if Congress has little or no empathy for the very people who put their lives on the line every day to make this the greatest country on the planet. It is as if they are looked upon as nothing but “cannon-fodder” to use and abuse at will, at the whim of Congress when it is “convenient” to do so, apparently not caring about these people and families who sacrificed so much. It is as though now that there is a consorted, intentional effort to completely dismantle not only the structure of the military, but the notion of honor that goes along with it. With the constant misuse and abuse of the military people by the Federal Government, the notion of serving in the military to serve our nation is being severely negatively impacted. You have to ask yourself, if you were a young person thinking about serving, “What is the benefit to me if I join the military”? In the past, in my era, there was a sense of honor, knowing that America stood for justice and peace, and also knowing that if you stuck with it, there would be a reward at the end, a brass ring, if you like, in the form of the benefits that military retirement brings. Take away all that, and what do you have left..? Answer, very little. Take away the pride and nobility, the barely equitable pay for volunteering to serve, and the retirement benefits, especially the medical, and you have little or no incentive left. If the people see that the Federal Government is NOT going to treat you well in the military, why join? So, with that being said, how is the military going to be able to recruit enough volunteers for service? The short answer is; they’re not. So, unless that is the plan so conscription can be reinstituted, it’s not a good idea to keep punishing the military every time there is a budget shortfall, especially when there are thousands other areas in the government that can and should be trimmed.
With all this being said, I must remind you that your election cycles will be very difficult and contentious should you decide to slight the military any further. While your cycle is not due for several years, you can bet that your party as a whole will suffer a huge loss at the polls should the Democrat Party continue to punish the military people. We are watching your votes in the House and Senate and we are watching the committee actions. Do not fool yourself, WE ARE WATCHING AND WE WILL VOTE ACCORDINGLY. You have to ask yourself; “How many military, active duty, retired and vets do I have in my State or district?” I’ll be there is a bunch..
Here is her reply I got today:
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about military spending. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter, and sincerely regret the delayed response.
On March 4, 2014, President Barack Obama submitted his fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress. This proposed budget would provide $494.6 billion to the U.S. Department of Defense for fiscal year 2015, which is about $31 billion less than last year’s requested amount. The request seeks to reduce the number of active-duty soldiers serving in the U.S. Army from 510,000 to about 450,000 by fiscal year 2019, and the number of National Guard and Reserve service members from 831,000 to 798,000. This budget would also increase TRICARE deductibles and copays in an effort to restructure and reduce the cost of military benefits.
I have concerns about the proposed cuts and increases in health care costs. I look forward to learning more about the Department of Defense’s budget proposal and its potential impact on Washington state’s military community. After a decade of war, I know that long and frequent deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have greatly strained our state’s military families. Please be assured that I will keep your concerns in mind as the budget process continues this year.
I am profoundly grateful for the service of America’s service members and for the sacrifices they have made to defend and preserve our great nation. I will continue to work to ensure that the brave men and women of our armed forces have the essential tools and resources they need to accomplish their mission on behalf of the people of the United States. I know this is particularly important in our state, which is home to the tenth largest military population in the country. As such, we have an important responsibility to ensure that our service members and their families are provided the benefits and assistance that they so greatly deserve.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator
This reply is a non reply and she goes on to further explain that they are going to raise my out of pocket health insurance costs. Is this the kind of Senator we should re-elect or should the State of Washington recall her? ALL her replies to me are like this and I am sick and tired of it.
“Thank you for contacting me United States Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
On June 28, 2012, in the landmark decision of National Federation of Independent Business et. al. v. Health and Human Services et al., the United States Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148). The Supreme Court’s decision is an important step in upholding a law that will help drive down the cost of health care and increase access to those who don’t have coverage. Many important provisions will help reward the State of Washington for its cost-effective, outcome-based, delivery system.
Due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, people can no longer be denied insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. The law provides small businesses tax breaks for providing health insurance. It also will help provide cheaper prescription drugs for seniors, and will permit young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26. It ends unfair penalties for Washington providers who deliver quality health care at a lower cost than other states, and it ensures Washington state’s Basic Health Plan will continue to serve as a national model for expanding access to care using bulk purchasing power. Finally, the law helps to build Washington state’s future health care workforce.
Ensuring that individuals have access to high quality affordable health care has always been a priority of mine. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I will continue to strongly advocate for increased access to quality health care, affordable health care cost, and improved efficiency of our medical delivery system.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator”
MY COMMENTS: After all we now know about this Obamanation of a law, this poor example of a Senator has the chutzpah to crow about it now. She is exposing herself for all of us to see what she really is, just another Liberal/Progressive who wants to make you a servant of big government who in-turn will be telling you what kind of healthcare you will be ALLOWED to have. She is just another tax and spend liberal who believes that raising taxes is the answer to all our ills. As I indicated in a earlier post, she is just another career politician, who happens to be one of those terrible millionaires who doesn’t pay enough taxes, but says we should pay more but I doubt that she pays any more that she has too. Don’t ever lose sight of the fact that the $250k they talk about as the limit, those below won’t pay more, that $250k is gross pay, not net! So almost all small business people will get hammered. SHE IS A DYED IN THE WOOL LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE PERIOD! She must be voted out of office this election!
The only thing I can say to this is “I told you so”! This guy is hell bent on destroying this nation in every way he can. The military folks had better wake up and smell the coffee. He is after them and all the retirees who use Tri-Care. And that’s just about everybody. Click here for the article. The House had better not cave on this otherwise every “R” who allows this will get replaced this year also………
If she doesn’t, that will mark a truly dark turn for the Constitution. She was asked point-blank if she was in any way involved in this legislation and she said “no”. I believe that that answer is a bald face lie and not only should indicate that she MUST recuse herself from the debate, but, her answer being a lie, should cause her legitimacy for her position on the SCOTUS to come into question. If she does not, this will be one of the biggest scandals ever to hit the SCOTUS. Click the pic for the story. In light of this information, I don’t see how she can not recuse herself…
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler [R, WA-3] votes in favor of this CR that would fund implementation of Obama Care . Now if I remember correctly, that is exactly what we sent her to Washington NOT TO DO. Also, a provision of OBAMACARE would force all insurance companies to give the Feds all your medical records/history. She voted in favor of this?! Check this list. Is your Rep listed as voting Aye?
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It seems that all of our “trusted” politicians have been working behind the scenes to put together a plan that will cost Americans billions of dollars of new fees on such things as 401k plans and your healthcare. Click the pic. I guarantee your hair will catch fire!
April 11, 2011
Thank you for contacting me regarding implementation of last year’s health care bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It is an honor to represent the people of Southwest Washington and I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
I realize many families in Southwest Washington are struggling to find access to quality affordable health care, and ensuring that citizens in Southwest Washington have access to quality, affordable health care is a top priority for me. However, I believe we need true transformational health care reform that does not increase taxes or government spending. This is why I voted to repeal last year’s healthcare bill, because I do not believe we should continue to borrow 42 cents of every dollar spent from future generations to pay for today’s policies.
I am a cosponsor of a bill that would allow patients to purchase health care across state lines, because more insurance companies competing for your business will lower the cost of insurance and give you more choices. I also support Association Health Plans for small businesses which will let individuals have the same tax breaks big corporations have.
These proposals are far from the ultimate solution to our county’s health needs, but they are significant because they allow more people to choose the health care that meets their needs. Those of us in Congress have more work to do – like ensuring there are safety nets to help for our most vulnerable. Please know I will not rest until we have put in place innovative reforms that promote access to health care for all Americans while also protecting future generations from crushing debt.
Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. I invite you to visit my website at www.herrerabeutler.house.gov for additional information or to sign up to be kept up to date on these issues. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
(UPDATED 031511) IS THE GOVERNMENT (GOP) GOING TO TURN ITS BACK ON THE VETS AND SCREW UP THIER TRI-CARE MEDICAL BENEFITS?
Posted by conservativeamericanvet in 2012 Vote, BILLS BEFORE CONGRESS AND SENATE, CORRUPT POLITICIANS, HEALTHCARE, HOT NEWS!!, LEFT WING EXTREMIST STUFF, NATIONAL DEFENSE ISSUES, OP-ED, POLITICAL NEWS, RADICALS, TAKING BACK THE GOVERNMENT, UPCOMING ELECTIONS, UPDATED POSTS, UPDATED STORIES, VETERAN ISSUES on 03/11/2011
If they do, they do s0 at their political peril. We veterans sacrifices for 20 years plus, in many instances putting ourselves in harm’s way in order to protect this nation, and now the politicians are threatening our retirement benefits. They are targeting the “working age retirees” on this one. “Working age retirees”?!?!? What the hell, you have to work because you cannot live solely on a single enlisted retirement and expect to be an any way comfortable. This is unconscionable and cannot be allowed to pass. I urge ALL retirees and future retirees to contact their Reps and tell them to resist all efforts to do this. I did… Read the comments on this stories site. It pretty much says it all…
The enemies of the veterans are at it again, trying to renege on the benefits promised to us upon 20+ years of faithful service. If the GOP or Democrats allows this to happen, the GOP and Democrats will feel the wrath of the veterans at the polls. I urge you to resist all efforts to erode our benefits. This latest scheme targets the “working age” retirees. I am sick and tired of my government “Targeting” me, through taxes and now this. My wife and I childless, not by choice and we get raped every year in taxes, and now the possibility of our health insurance being screwed up too. My health is failing and I am none too happy about this situation. The term “working age retirees” is a joke. You cannot live on Military retirement only. You have to work if you want to live any decent existence. I don’t need the government further eroding my standard of living especially since I/we worked over 20 years for my military retirement benefits. When the nation forgets about the vets, the nation will suffer for it.
THE OBAMA DOD PLANS TO INCREASE THE PREMIUMS OF MILITARY RETIREES FOR THEIR MEDICAL CARE TO DECREASE THE DEFICIT….. or WOW! GLAD I STUCK IT OUT AND SACRIFICED FOR OVER 20 YEARS, PUTTING MYSELF IN HARMS WAY EVERY DAY, FOR THIS!! My letter to my new Congresswoman, 3rd District Wa. State Jaime Hererra-Beutler
Message Subject: TRI-CARE PREMIUM INCREASE PROPOSAL
I am retired Air Force. I retired in Feb. of 2005. I initially enlisted in 1975, and at that time, being a serviceman in the United States Military meant something and there were some pretty good benefits of being in the military. Being in the military meant that you could go to the Base PX, or BX, depending on where you were. At that time, you could expect to get discounted pricing on most items in the Exchange. Because the military pay was not very good, it was the only way you could expect to make “ends meet” and make it from payday to payday. The same was also true of the Base Commissary. Grocery shopping at the Commissary was the only way you could afford to put decent food on the table, especially if you were not an NCO, when the pay started to get better. Along with those benefits, medical care was always provided. Active Duty personnel and their families could be assured that their medical needs would be met. This benefit was also provided to the retirees simply because, They Earned It,… by 20+ years of faithful, dedicated service to their country. Well, in the 35 + years since my initial enlistment, I have witnessed a slow, methodical “whittling away” of these benefits at the hands of our elected officials. The prices in both the BX’s and the Commissaries has risen to the point where it is no longer cost effective to shop on base, AND our medical care has been under attack since the DOD decided to change over to Tri-Care several years ago. Being AGR in the Air National Guard, we were “geologically separated” from any military medical facility because we are over 100 miles from any active duty military base. When we were forced to transfer to Tri-Care, all us AGR’s various Dr.’s dropped us like a hot rock because of the small amount Tri-Care reimburses the care givers. We were left high and dry and were forced to find a care-giver who would accept “Tri-Care” patients. For some of us, that was a daunting task. Since then, many of us “Tri-Care” people have had significant difficulties with the Tri-Care system. I knew we were in for a rough ride when I found out that Tri-Care has a Congressional Office. That tells me, there are significant problems with this system we were forced into. Now, to top it off, the DOD is planning to significantly increase our premiums for this sub-standard plan. My costs are planned to go up $2000 more a year. This is simply unacceptable. I know that we sent you to Congress to make the touch choices, but, you need to understand that, by taking this action, you will be severely and adversely affect the quality of the military. Initially, what will happen is, people like me, still in the system, who are career because they are working for the benefits, will leave. This means that a huge portion of the “Brain Trust”, the very people the military depends on to train and lead, will depart. To say “retention” will suffer, is an understatement. This will also effect future enlistment because there will no longer be any incentive to go in the military. Why would anyone go into the military, be put in harms way, sacrifice and dedicate yourself to your duties, if there is no longer anything worth staying for? Doing this for “just a paycheck” will not suffice.. So now the DOD is going to saddle the retirees who are still of working age, with an additional financial burden, right when we cannot afford it the most. It is my considered opinion that mistreating the very people that sacrificed so much for this country is not only wrong headed, but immoral. I urge you to not support any plan to saddle the military, both active and retired with anymore financial burden. The retirees, especially the disabled, cannot and should not be expected to sacrifice any more. They, we, me, we have all sacrificed enough and can ill afford any more hardships. The economy is hurting enough as it is. This is nothing short of “insult to injury”.
As you will see in this attached article on the House Budget Committee website, it is very apparent that the Libs have pulled out all the stops in hiding the true cost of this debacle. This just demonstrates that the Liberal Progressives will stoop to anything to push their un-American, Socialist/Marxist agenda. We must not ever loose sight of the fact that these malevolent forces have been at work within our government for a very long time and are not going to be defeated without a fight. I say, “Bring It On”! Truth, Justice and the American Way will win the day because we have the side of right and true patriotism on our side, with God as an Ally. We must never shrink from a fight and we must never waiver from the truth. We will fight this internal battle for our nation by sticking strictly to the rule of law and never wavering from the truth, no matter how difficult that may become. Our Elected Representatives must know that we are behind them 100% and they must know that we will hold them accountable each time they waiver. The Libs have demonstrated over that last 70+ years that their ideals do not and will not work. These ideals have been rejected and Conservativism will pull us out of this mess we now find ourselves in. If the Libs think we are the party of “no”, then they will find out what “hell no” means.
This article in the NY Times is a pack of lies. They are filling the public with lies and getting them all stirred up against the military. This is unconscionable. You keep messing with the military people and pretty soon your going to have to re institute that draft because no one will be enlisting anymore because the benefits are gone and oh yea, the pay is going to take a hit too. Then, all you young people are going to have YOUR lives up-heaved and get paid a pittance and have to like it. Click the pic for the article…..
REPUBLICANS PLAN TO “DE-FUND” OBAMACARE – – OR, ARE THEY BACKING DOWN FROM FULL REPEAL IN SPITE OF THE PUBLIC OUTCRY?
After reading this “Bloomberg” article, I am concerned that the Republicans may looking for wiggle room on their pledge to fully repeal ObamaCare. I say this because it seems like they are beginning to dither and look for excuses why they cannot live up to their pledge to America. My position is; There is no doubt that this health care bill is extremely comprehensive and far-reaching, stretching the governments giant tentacles into untold and many yet to be determined area of the nation’s insurance and health care industries. There are now recent reports from some medical and insurance entities citing many areas where these companies are going to have to make many changes that will adversely effect the American Taxpayer and the quality of Patient care. It is being reported now that the possibility of only some of the provisions in the Bull, er, I mean Bill, will be repealed because there are many provisions that have already come on line that people like. Well, if that is the prevailing school of thought simply because they think it will be too difficult to repeal it peace-meal, I recommend that the Bill be first completely de-funded then repealed in its entirety, gut it, and remove it like the cancer it is in 2012 when the GOP takes back the White House. Then, and only then, the GOP can put together a comprehensive plan that will deal with the true issues surrounding the problems with health care in the United States. The Democrats have proven that all they want is to control the people and make us depend on the Federal Government like slaves, begging the Master for more food. The GOP will, if they know what is smart and good for them, will return the USA to the Representative Republic it was founded to be. The Democrat controlled Congress has done nothing but spend to unprecedented levels and expanded government in ways that to say are unconstitutional, is an understatement.
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I was going to post this campaign contribution info from GE, but,…the list it too extensive…Click HERE for the page. Pay particular attention to who these contributions went to….