Arlington, VA – Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that most of President Obama’s healthcare reform, including his controversial insurance mandate, will stand. At Concerned Veterans for America, we’ve watched this debate closely because we’re deeply alarmed at the potential effect the new spending planned under the health care law will have on the federal budget. One recent study by a trustee of the Center on Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that the law will likely add $530 billion to the deficit and demand additional spending of more than $1.15 trillion over the next decade. That means that more and more of the federal budget will be dedicated to health spending. It’s distressing to imagine how the demand for ever greater spending on health care will affect national security and force readiness. Kate Pomeroy, Communications Director at Concerned Veterans for America said the following:
We fear it may have a devastating effect on veterans’ care. Veterans are worried today about efforts to raise TriCare fees and limit access to treatment. As the federal government undertakes an effort to subsidize care for the whole country, it is likely to grow only more aggressive.
Concerned Veterans for America will be monitoring the implementation of the law to determine more fully how it will affect national security and veterans’ care, and we implore Congress to ensure that these critical investments are not sacrificed.