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Romney: Obama wants vets to cough up $$$ to pay for Obamacare

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Mitt Romney attacked President Obama, during a pre-convention speech to the American Legion, for raising military health care costs in order to pay for Obamacare.

“The Obama administration has also requested $12 billion in TRICARE fee increases,” Romney said today.  “I will not ask our wartime military to shoulder more sacrifices while the rest of government grows.  I will not ask our service members – active or retired – to pay more for their health care to free up room for Obamacare.”

Anthony Principi, former Veterans Affairs Secretary, released a statement endorsing Romney in conjunction with the American Legion speech.

“Our returning vets have an unemployment rate that is significantly higher than that of the average American,” Principi said. “We need a president who understands how to get the economy in gear so that it creates good jobs for everyone who seeks one, including our vets.”

Obama should have a quick counter to that argument, though, as he can point to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces initiative that attempts to connect veterans to job opportunities at participating corporations.

 

 

 

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