Finally, after all the whining, the pissing and moaning over the war that had me so aggravated, Tom Daschle did something that I never thought would happen.
He did something that I approve of.
I know, I know, it’s unbelievable, but it’s true.
TRICARE for Reservists may (almost certainly WILL) become a reality. Daschle put it on the $87 Billion appropriations bill that President Bush was pushing for, and ultimately will get. This was the third attempt to get this TRICARE legislation passed, and each time Rumsfeld said that he would recommend that it be vetoed. Well, now if he vetoes it, he has to veto the whole bill.
First of all, does anyone disagree with the idea of health insurance for Reservists being subsidized by the government? Second, does anyone think that Bush has the cojones to veto his own spending request for Iraq and Afghanistan just to kill this?
My answers: No, I have no problem with it, since I am in the most active unit in the entire Air National Guard and as a result will be activated a considerable number of times in the future. As much as we deploy, we should actually be an active duty unit, IMO, but we’re not, so this will benefit all of my fellow Airmen and their families.
To the second question: No way. If Bush vetoes this bill because of this provision he’ll be stoned the next time he shows his face. This has considerable support in Congress, and it’s hardly unreasonable for the families of Reservists being mobilized for extended periods to know that they’re not going to be tossed out on thier butts when they get back. Not to mention that he would be forced to veto his own request for funding. That would be some serious egg to clean off his face.
So, anyone else want to venture an opinion, good or bad?