The Trump administration wants $2.2 billion in cuts to the health care of military members.
“Pentagon officials working on Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s cost-cutting review of the department have proposed slashing military health care by $2.2 billion, a reduction that some defense officials say could effectively gut the Pentagon’s health care system during a nationwide pandemic,” Politico reported.
The initiative would hobble efforts to help sick members of the armed services who have been infected by COVID-19. Outbreaks of the virus have killed members of the services.
The proposed cuts are the latest in a long line of Trump administration attacks on military benefits and rights, even as Trump has claimed that he supports the military.
Trump’s rival, Vice President Joe Biden, has historically supported expanding health care, not cutting it.