Attack of the Health Care Zombies

 [The following excerpts were taken from the Military Officers Association of America’s editorial titled, ‘As I See it: Zombies Are After Your Health Care.’ By Col. Steven Strobridge, USAF Retired]

[Zombies] are relentless. They’re mindless. They have no feelings. They don’t care about anything — except coming after you. And now they’re attacking your health care.

Who are these zombies?  They’re the ones who keep claiming “military health care costs are exploding out of control,” cite bogus stats about “cost growth since 2001,” and refuse to look at the actual data.

Since the introduction of TRICARE for Life in 2002-03, the rate of growth in military health costs has declined pretty steadily.  In fact, DoD has taken advantage of that by reallocating almost $3 billion in unused health care funding to other DoD programs over the past three years.

[Click here to view the data and more complete explanation]

For FY 2012, DoD health costs grew only about 0.4 percent compared to FY 2011.

And the rate will dampen further in coming years, as a result of:

  • pharmacy copay increases taking effect this year;
  • requirements for Medicare-eligible retirees to try mail-order or military pharmacies to refill maintenance medications for at least a year; and
  • the recently announced phase-out of TRICARE Prime for retirees who don’t live near military medical facilities.

We’re [MOAA] under no illusions that the unreasoning zombies pressing attacks on your health care will care about these facts — or anything else besides coming after you.

But you should.

Visit the Military Officers Association of America to read the full article and learn how you can help fight the zombie attack.


About the Author

Terry Howell
Before becoming the Managing Editor for, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.
  • Idmtmedic

    According to some on these blogs they aren’t cutting anything and that our benefits are only going up? Now that CON-gress has begun the siege on our benefits, it’s only going to get worse. ANY contract with the government is a losing deal. They can change the terms at their discretion. Our military organizations are trying to fight for our EARNED benefits. Write your reps and join a military affiliated organization.

  • ctcwilson

    Unless the majority of the Senate and the Legislature is replaced, and soon, this country will not in four years be recognizable. Do MOST Americans care? No. It is the women who put this creep back in office, and it is the women who keep members in Congress for life. Maybe the Boston Tea Party needs to be re-enacted. In fact, if we are to save our nation, we must have a revolution. Millions of the silent majority need to be in the streets nationwide, and if this is not done, the U.S. is over.. Period.