|The Supreme Five No More?|
Or will the United States join the rest of its peer nations?
It is said that the Supreme Court will render their decision at about 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.
One wonders if the Supreme Court believes that health care is the number one threat to the military:
The Enemy the Pentagon Should Fear Most: Health Care(National Defense Magazine). There is little wonder, then, why the military gives little health care to its members:
The U.S. military keeps searching the horizon for a peer competitor, the challenger that must be taken seriously. Is it China? What about an oil rich and resurgent Russia?
But the threat that is most likely to hobble U.S. military capabilities is not a peer competitor, rather it is health care.
This morning on Morning Joe, MSNBC, retired Admiral Mike Mullen pointed out that 18 of them commit suicide a day now, or 6,570 each year, and the rate is increasing (2nd video below; see also Washington Post).(The Surge Of Snap Sergeants). Members and veterans of the military get such poor stress treatment that they kill more of themselves in one year than all their enemies have killed of them in all the wars in the past ten years (Iraq - 4,409; Afghanistan-1,892).
Those numbers don't include the fact that about one third of them coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, over 300,000 and growing, even if they do not commit suicide, murder, or other crimes, have other mental health problems to deal with.
Wise up folks, it is a Pogo moment: "We have met the enemy and it is us."
The enemy is not health care.
UPDATE: The Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Health Care Law.