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Why Insurers Are Fighting to the Death Over Military Healthcare

While Republicans continue to complain about a government takeover of healthcare, publicly funded healthcare is well on its way to being privatized. After all, Medicare Advantage plans are healthy and growing, and Medicaid managed care plans continue to expand as states frantically seek ways to stanch their red ink. Meanwhile, the Department of Defense (DoD) will spend $53 billion on health care next year — a three-fold increase in that category since 2001. Much of that money is funneled through Tricare to private health plans that provide services to active and retired military personnel and their dependents and survivors.