Ron Paul Issues
Statement on Obama’s Proposed Tricare Cuts
February 29, 2012
2012 Republican Presidential
candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul issued the following statement
regarding the Obama administration’s latest proposal to seek cuts in
Tricare benefits for veterans and active military. See comments below.
“As a Doctor, an Air Force Veteran, and Congressman, who serves on the
Foreign Affairs Committee and has always fought for the best interest of
our troops, I am appalled at President Obama’s disregard for the health
and well-being of America’s military families and his continued fealty
to union boss special interests.
“The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget would require
military families and retirees to pay exceedingly more for their
healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits
untouched. This is unacceptable.
“Our military men and women have fought bravely, and in exchange, our
country made a promise to them that we must honor. There are trillions
of dollars in unwise and unconstitutional spending we must cut. And
there are few other leaders in Washington willing to cut spending as
deeply as I am and truly balance our budget. But we must make sure we
take care of our veterans and military personnel who fight to take care
“We have put our troops in harm’s way, and we must honor our promises.
Our troops have paid a heavy price these past 10 years. Over 5,000 have
lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, 40,000 have seen crushing
injuries, and hundreds of thousands more suffer from brain injury and
post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Failing to meet the promises we have made to our troops would be unjust
of cutting our veterans’ benefits, President Obama should truly support
our troops by bringing them home to protect our borders and defend our
country. Re-unite them with their families and make sure they no longer
play policeman in dangerous foreign civil wars. Cutting the benefits of
our veterans while we subsidize the security of other wealthy nations
like Germany and Japan and play ‘world policeman’ makes no sense.
“As a Congressman, I have taken very seriously my duty to ensure that
our fighting men and women are well taken care of and given the respect,
dignity, and appreciation they have earned. That is why I introduced
H.R. 1092, the Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act, which
prohibits the Department of Defense from increasing Tricare fees without
congressional approval. I urge my fellow members of Congress, and the
other GOP presidential candidates to support this action and support our
“As President, I intend to keep the promises and commitments we have
made as a nation to our troops, because they are the ones that sacrifice
everything to keep us free.”