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Veterans Groups Object to Cuts in Health Care as Super Committee Targets Benefits

• Associated Press

The government's promise of lifetime health care for the military's men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits.

Republicans and Democrats alike are signaling a willingness -- unheard of at the height of two post-Sept. 11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- to make military retirees pay more for coverage.

It's a reflection of Washington's newfound embrace of fiscal austerity and the Pentagon's push to cut health care costs that have skyrocketed from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion.

[Well if they can't cut troop support then they might have to cut some of the fat contracts to Northrop and Lockheed. Will never happen!]

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