December 5, 2020

Trump vetoes proposed military healthcare budget cuts

Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he has put an abrupt end to a pentagon-led proposal to cut military health care by $2.2 billion. 

Politico reported on Sunday that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was eyeing cutting pentagon costs by way of reducing the department’s healthcare expenditures.

Politico reported:

The proposed cut to the military health system over the next five years is part of a sweeping effort Esper initiated last year to eliminate inefficiencies within the Pentagon’s coffers. But two senior defense officials say the effort has been rushed and driven by an arbitrary cost-savings goal, and argue that the cuts to the system will imperil the health care of millions of military personnel and their families as the nation grapples with Covid-19.

Esper and his deputies have argued that America’s private health system can pick up the slack.

Trump swiftly responded that he has made the final decision to reject any proposals that would reduce the healthcare capacity of the DOD.

“A proposal by Pentagon officials to slash Military Healthcare by $2.2 billion dollars has been firmly and totally rejected by me,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “We will do nothing to hurt our great Military professionals & heroes as long as I am your President. Thank you!”

According to The Hill, the proposed budget cuts would affect some 9.5 million active-duty personnel, military retirees, and their families who depend on the military health care system which operates hundreds of healthcare facilities worldwide.

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101 Responses

  1. What would we do without the Trumpster! He really cares about all people, bet this is why there were rumors Esper was going to be fired! HE SHOULD BE, our Military are heroes and need all medical treatment they are entitled to.
    How about cutting salaries to our Congress and House members, OR no lifelong pension, when term is over it is over AND term limits

  2. Thank you for making the military a priority. I think we should go back to the two year draft. It would serve the country well ..getting young men to reach maturity in a useful way, and be a good reserve for all of us.

    1. And to restore discipline that the Common Core Indoctrination has ruined three generations of children on stigmatic racism has been shoved down their collective brains of mush to destroy the greatest country God has ever ordained for our world..

  3. Why is it anytime cuts are to be made our politicians always starts with the military? Has anyone ever seen or heard of them suggesting cutting congressional benefits or pay? Thank you Mr.president for vetoing this legislation.

    1. The military, medicare and social security. My husband was in VietNam and he still isn’t able to see a doctor of his choice. The VA is still running people around. I am totally supporting Trump for what he’s trying to do for the military and others. He should fire Esper.

  4. Thank you President TRUMP for stopping this cut. The last cut is already going to cost me and millions of vets starting the first of the year when our rates are going way up even though our pay is going down. We are getting screwed

  5. Thank you for getting the truth out President Trump, this is so important.

    I am praying that we will not have the same problem we had with Obama. Kamala Harris, is she an American Citizen? This needs to be checked out. If she is not she needs to be booted now before she gets a chance to be in White House.

    Am praying and am YES, VOTING FOR YOU.

  6. As a proud veteran of the U S Navy, I am grateful to the POTUS for never forgetting the men and women who put their lives on hold to serve the COUNTRY they LOVE.

  7. I grew up during the WW2…My husband was in the army at that time!! To “lower or withdraw” health benefits for those still alive that served at that time would be a sin! Heartfelt thanks to President Trump for keeping their benefits going. It is the least we can do for them…those who put their lives on the line to keep us free!!..God Bless America. A Democrat most of my life (I am now an Independent…I vote for the man who “will” and “can” do the job to keep America safe…free…and a nation under GOD ! The only man (and what man does not have faults) that will will and can do the job is President Donald Trump!!

  8. I grew up during the WW2…My husband was in the army at that time!! To “lower or withdraw” health benefits for those still alive that served at that time would be a sin! Heartfelt thanks to President Trump for keeping their benefits going. It is the least we can do for them…those who put their lives on the line to keep us free!!..God Bless America. A Democrat most of my life (I am now an Independent…I vote for the man who “will” and “can” do the job to keep America safe…free…and a nation under GOD ! The only man (and what man does not have faults) that will and can do the job is President Donald Trump!!

  9. My husband is a 100% disabled Viet Nam veteran. He tried for several decades to get medical help & financial help from the VA without any luck. Right after President Trump was voted into office the VA started responding to his calls and letters. All it took was one [DJT] honest & caring president to get the ball rolling. We will ALWAYS be grateful to OUR President for caring about vets AND military! This is also the way our LAW ENFORCEMENT should be treated. Our country would be nothing WITHOUT THEM !!

  10. I am sick and disgusted to see how our LAW ENFORCEMENT is being treated by the evil people that are rioting & looting, & attacking our police. I am CHALLENGING EVERY HONEST AND DECENT person in our country to STAND TALL & SUPPORT OUR POLICE ! They put themselves in harms way each day for all of us. If we didn’t have them we would be living in a third world country. So, PLEASE SUPPORT THEM ! Just a smile, a handshake, or a THANK YOU can help CHANGE OUR WORLD !!!

  11. Thank you, President, for standing up for the great patriots who have served our country! Please don’t allow the self centered Democratic politicians to slight our country’s heroes while catering to felons and illegal aliens.

  12. Thank you Mr. President for doing that for our troops they need to know that we have their back anytime they need to know we support them and their families and I am Grateful for you stopping these cuts we need to continue to serve our troops as much as we can financially morally there are the greatest army troops in the world may God bless all of them.

  13. I Strongly Agree with President Trump on this issue. As a Vietnam Vet who fortunately does not need after service care related to war-time wounds, or injuries; I witnessed the need for these services to be in place and extended to a large number of Vets who weren’t as lucky. I attempted to stay in touch with a good friend of mine, post war, who was also in Vietnam. He lived a long ways from me making it hard to visit him. Within ten months of his return to the States, he took his own life. He was a “tunnel rat” in Nam. Taking his own life absolutely, positively did not fit his persona prior to going to Vietnam.

  14. When you post a comment on The AMERICAN DIGEST and it just disappears as so many do, wouldn’t it be great if a reason was given???

  15. Thanks Mr President! We must take care of our troops and there families! Esper must either resign or be removed for the sake of our military and their families and our country!! And yes if you can protest you can VOTE!!!

  16. Thank God for President Trump! All of us here need to work especially hard to get President Trump re-elected. If you are not already, please get involved with your local Republican Party. Participate in all the activities they are putting on to help President Trump get re-elected, retain, the Senate, take back the House and vote out every dim mayor and governor. We Conservatives are a strong, powerful group and if we work together, we can accomplish just about anything.

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