A new Military Times poll finds that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a 2 to 1 edge over President Barack Obama amongst the professional core of the U.S. military, with respondents rating the economy and character as most important considerations. The strong lead for Romney could also have to do with proposed cuts in health care benefits for service members that could add billions to the cost of Obamacare. Washington Free Beacon reports:
A proposed increase in health care fees for active and retired military members could add to the ballooning costs of President Obama’s health care reforms.
The proposed cuts in health care benefits for service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget and $12.9 billion by 2017.