President George Bush has signaled Congress that he will veto any version
of a supplemental spending bill for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq if
the legislation contains a provision allowing National Guard troops to enroll
in Tricare, the Department of Defense health plan.
Although 20 000 reservists currently serve in Iraq and another
100 000 are mobilized in the United States to support the effort, they
do not have access to government-subsidized health care. (The only exception
is for reservists injured in the line of duty, who receive acute military
care.) Tricare is now available only to active-duty forces and retired service
members and their families.
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