Minnesota vets unfairly targeted by benefit change

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial
  • Updated: May 17, 2013 - 5:52 PM

Minnesota congressional delegation should rally around Kline’s fix.

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jjsbrwMay. 17, 13 6:49 PM

"Uncle Sam has long made sure that military retirees get a generous deal on their health insurance after they leave the service, with out-of-pocket expenses for those enrolled in the Department of Defense’s sprawling Tricare program well below what many privately insured people pay."-------------------------------------------------- I'm curious about how many conservatives will react to this sentence. They've long complained about public sector "Cadillac Healthcare Plans" and early retirement. This sentence addresses both. Shouldn't these plans be cut back or eliminated altogether in order to bring them more in line with the private sector?

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bblheadMay. 17, 13 7:33 PM

JJSBRW - I would agree with your recommendation IF our elected officials would take that step first. Veterans have put their lives on the line where as our elected officials have not. That's a big difference.

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pumiceMay. 17, 13 7:41 PM

Re: "Shouldn't these plans be cut back or eliminated altogether in order to bring them more in line with the private sector?" Good question, jjsbrw. Farther down in the article, there's also this: “[Veterans are] just asking that you don’t take away something that’s already been given.’’ That should be true for veterans and for all Americans! I wonder how Rep. Kline voted on attempts one through thirty-seven to repeal ACA....

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rickziesmerMay. 17, 13 7:55 PM

jjsbrw- I agree also, as soon as the public sector serves in combat to defend YOUR freedoms.

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supervon2May. 17, 13 8:51 PM

I know a WWII vet that to his final day said he would never take a single dime from the government-he was too proud and the only items he received was a flag and a color guard salute. That was the greatest generation and we learned nothing from them. Now it's handout, handout and more handouts.

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stpauloldiesMay. 17, 13 9:55 PM

When you spend 20-30 years risking your life for your country, and believing the promises that were made to you, is it too much to ask that they keep their promises??? I understand that at some point, maybe some changes need to be made, but couldn't they just make the changes for the new recruits coming in, so everyone knows up front what they're getting into?? Why pull the bait and switch with the heroes that have already done what we asked them to do???

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alansonMay. 17, 1311:36 PM

Please distinguish between veterans and qualified retired military. There many combat veterans who get no health benefits from the Veterans Administration except for a small prescription drug benefit.

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YoganaziMay. 18, 13 8:37 AM

Where was John Kline when this was happening? Too busy fundraising for his GOP pals to care about our veterans. City Pages' Aaron Rupar outlined how Kline has been spending his time; advocating for our veterans was not his priority.

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jimjimjimjimMay. 18, 13 9:05 AM

I'm sorry, but when a conservative has a great idea we must summarily reject it. As a liberal we reject anything and everything proposed by conservatives.

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jimjimjimjimMay. 18, 13 9:08 AM

"Where was John Kline when this was happening?" Tell us about your military experience.

During his military career, Kline served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, commanded all Marine aviation forces in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, flew "Marine One," the Presidential helicopter, and served as Program Development Officer at Headquarters Marine Corps. He received numerous medals and commendations, including Four Legions of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal (awarded 3 times), the Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Presidential Service Badge, and the Navy Commendation Medal. Kline retired from the Marine Corps as a colonel.

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