Military members know the value of affordable health care. I have watched the debate on the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) with interest but with some detachment because my coverage under Tricare is one of the benefits that I enjoyed as an active-duty service member and as now a retiree. It occurs to me that perhaps this puts military service members and families in a glass house, tempted to throw rocks at the ACA.
As I look back over my years of service, Tricare gave me peace of mind to focus on my career, despite my spouse having several severe illnesses and preexisting conditions. My mother’s eligibility for Tricare for Life after my retired military father's death was also a great comfort. In the end, it strikes me that Tricare is essentially Obamacare. A big ask: forget politics for a moment and read on.