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Make no mistake there is no way I can reduce the defense budget.
By a half a trillion dollars.
And not have -- impact on all fifty states.
In addition to that I can't reduce the budget by half a trillion dollars.
And frankly not increased -- Bottom line is we think these are except double -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta found himself on the defensive today as he faced questions about deep cuts to the military budget.
Panetta this morning telling congress that health care costs for US armed forces have doubled recently and cuts have to be made.
The current proposal would have some military families and retirees.
Pay a whole lot more for coverage while leaving benefits for some unionized civilian defense workers.
We asked Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson junior to help us.
All right Peter Sony we wonder why they do and.
They're doing this because they need to make some some cuts and so they're saying well we need to do it on the back of military retirees and some active.
Duty with regard to call -- -- about premiums in some cases so it creates her and then enrollment fees -- who -- we're gonna we're gonna reduce one point eight billion dollars.
And by 2017.
Is going to be thirteen billion dollars.
And so some retirees.
Over five year period may have their enrollment fees increased fivefold.
And it's being done based on means so if your -- so much in retirement.
You're paying more.
And for all members of the military service active and retired they will pay more in terms of pharmacy co pays.
They'll be paying more for brand name drugs and by mail.
They would pay more at retail at all outlets have -- not behind -- that military bases and the promises a lot of Americans who are serving overseas.
Who whose families are not near.
Military bases the National Guard and and the -- so a lot of organizations like VFW and others are speaking out really loudly about this -- this is.
-- mothers have a question about whether we should we should be solving our our debt problems.
On the backs of our veterans.
And what we did we did a story we're gonna talk about this later but we just spent 750000 dollars -- on a soccer field for the right for the gitmo detainees.
For the gitmo detainees you know what our military veterans are gonna have to pay more now in their premiums their -- Well when you say that as a retiree that you may have to pay 345%.
Over the next five years.
That seems to any disinterested observer to be.
Objectively kind of sick in the head I -- the point is that these are men and women that have given their lives.
Thankfully they lived some of them may be disabled.
But to say to them at this point yes.
We value service we gave -- lip service.
Maybe we gave me a parade may be we didn't in the cause of some of the folks have come home -- I ran Afghanistan.
But now you're going to pay for it and you're also gonna pay for it based on means testing.
There's no means testing they say that they will have the means because a lot of folks who are affected are retired and younger maybe in their forties winning another dot.
I think the issue becomes one of of a fairness and it becomes one of credibility and one of actually.
Saying that we value.
That people that are there now we want to retain you.
In military service and that you're not gonna pay the price.
For a government's deficits.
Based upon your service in the.
And it got to make big cuts percentage of that deal -- last said last summer.
But they said okay we'll raise the debt limit by gonna have to make major cuts and a certain night and automatically -- that this some congressman investigating this hike on the other vets say.
This is about getting them.
Off of of these plans and on to the health care plans.
Under the president's you know I think I think congressman button -- and others have said that the administration has made clear.
That the goal appears to be to get these retirees.
In to state health insurance exchanges.
Getting a lot of objections.
611 way or the other Peter thank you so much with the efficacy to put -- We have breaking news from.
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