Health Care Costs Now 10 Percent of Defense Budget

Photo courtesy of CBO.gov

Photo courtesy of CBO.gov

Health care costs are soaring at the Pentagon. A recent report by Associated Press finds that military medical costs are now 10 percent of the Department of Defense budget and rising:

Even more daunting, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that military health care costs could reach $65 billion by 2017 and $95 billion by 2030.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that the military faces budget threats not from the $487 billion cuts over the next decade but from internal spending on things like medical care.

Congress has rejected previous attempts to increase fees and enrollment for retired military and military families.

Yet,d increased  health care fees is expected to be part of President Barack Obama’s 2014 fiscal budget plan. He will send his budget to Congress this week.

It is expected to include other unpopular items like military base closings in 2015 and 2017 and pay raises of only 1 percent. You can read more details on the Pentagon health care budget problems in Stars and Stripes.

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