Congressional Democrats accused Republicans of not providing adequate
health care to National Guard and Reserve troops. The accusation came after
removal of an amendment to the $441.6 billion national defense authorization
bill for fiscal year 2006 that would have opened the military’s Tricare
health plan to all Guard or Reserve members and their families. Currently,
only active-duty Guard and Reserve members and families are eligible.
The amendment, which had passed in the House Armed Services Committee
by a 32-30 vote, was removed on May 20 by committee chairman Duncan Hunter
(R, Calif), who said that the additional cost associated with expanding Tricare
exceeded allowed spending limits and threatened the entire defense appropriations
Mitka M. Reservist Health Care. JAMA. 2005;294(2):171. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.294.2.171-c
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