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Pentagon presses for higher fees for military health care beneficiaries, Congress resists

from The Associated Press via Star Tribune

The loud, insistent calls in Washington, D.C., to rein in the rising costs of Social Security and Medicare ignore a major and expensive entitlement program — the military's health care system. Despite dire warnings from three defense secretaries about the uncontrollable cost, Congress has repeatedly rebuffed Pentagon efforts to establish higher out-of-pocket fees and enrollment costs for military family and retiree health care as an initial step in addressing a harsh fiscal reality. more


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