Mr.Taylor,You stuck it to the retirees again & the Vets!!!

Mr. Charles Taylor, Sir, As a veteran and a lifelong Democrat and a PROUD Heath Shuler supporter I must ask you. Sir, DO YOU HAVE NO ETHICS? DO YOU HAVE NO MORALS? I personally dont think so! The Proposed Changes to TRICARE Benefit for veterans & Retirees is part of your doing! I notice you are but one of many Congressmen who do not show any Military credit in your Bio. But You claim to be a Great Veterans Advocate! Sir, I must ask ,Is that the reason a 11th District Veteran Took his Life in the Asheville VA a week or so ago??? Every veteran who ever wore the uniform has the right to VA Health Care yet they get turned away! Sir, In a non -offenseve way, I ask you to bestraight forward with all of the veterans of the 11th District. Sir,It is a Vet thing, If you were in the military then eather produce a DD-214 & DD-215 or shut up about what youve done for veterans! I supposose you do know what those forms are dont you? Well, Im not telling you! Or did you just do as V.P. Cheney did and took a deferment while othr brave Carolina sons died in Vietnam? I just wanted my fellow veterans to see your TRICARE Budget. Oh, What's the worst you ca do to me? Send me to Nam or Iraq? NADA
The administration’s proposed budget would introduce a three-tier fee structure for retirees under age 65. It includes higher annual enrollment fees for Prime, new annual enrollment fees for Standard and increased annual deductibles for Standard. No fee changes are proposed for active-duty members or their dependents, or for retirees over 65 who participate in Tricare for Life. The enrollment fee and deductible changes for retirees under 65 and their families:

TRICARE PRIME TRICARE STANDARD
Fiscal Year Annual enrollment fees Annual enrollment fees Annual Deductable

Retired junior enlisted (E-6 and below)
Current – FY 2006 $230 / $460 $0 $150 / $300
FY 2007 $275 / $550 $75 / $150 $175 / $350
FY 2008 $325 / $650 $140 / $280 $185 / $370
FY 2009 --------------------- Adjusted * ---------------------

Retired senior enlisted (E-7 and above)
Current – FY 2006 $230 / $460 $0 $150 / $300
FY 2007 $350 / $700 $100 / $200 $175 / $350
FY 2008 $475 / $950 $200 / $400 $185 / $370
FY 2009FY 2009 --------------------- Adjusted * ---------------------

Retired officers
Current – FY 2006 $230 / $460 $0 $150 / $300
FY 2007 $500 / $1,000 $150 / $300 $225 / $450
FY 2008 $700 / $1,400 $280 / $560 $280 / $560
FY 2009FY 2009 --------------------- Adjusted * ---------------------

* Prime and Standard enrollment fees would be adjusted each year, beginning in 2009, using the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP) rates of inflation.

Proposed Changes to Pharmacy Benefit

The administration’s proposed budget calls for changes in pharmacy co-pays for all eligible beneficiaries, except active-duty members. Those affected would include over-65 Tricare for Life retirees. These changes include: no co-pays in military clinics or for mail-order generic medications, increases in retail pharmacy co-pays, and 100 percent co-pays for a few non-covered medications. The co-payment plan:

Generic drugs Brand-name drugs Non-formulary drugs
Current co-pays
Military clinic $0 $0 $0
Mail order $3 $9 $22
Retail $3 $9 $22

Co-pays in FY 2007 and after
Military clinic $0 $0 $0
Mail order $0 $9 $22
Retail $5 $15 $22