Groups opposing military health-care reform may have been successful in the short term, but in the long run we will all lose if health-care costs continue to rise faster than the defense budget, crowding out funds for readiness and modernization. It is past time to put the military health-care system on a fiscally sustainable path.
Lawrence J. Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and served as assistant secretary of defense for manpower, reserve affairs, installations and logistics during the Reagan administration. Alex Rothman and Max Hoffman are research assistants at the Center for American Progress. This piece draws from the center’s recent report on military compensation.