December 7th, 2010
07:49 AM ET
8 years ago

Health care is eating a hole in Pentagon budget

New York ( - The cost of health care is blowing the top off the Pentagon's budget.

Mirroring the private sector trend, expenses have skyrocketed within the military's health system. The military spent $19 billion on health care in 2001 - and $49 billion in 2010. The Department of Defense forecasts a continued rise of 5% to 7% a year.

The bottom line: Health care will account for 10% of the Pentagon budget by 2015.

Filed under: Budget • Pentagon
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  1. ED Fl

    It would have been a lot less if the [GOP war mongers] would not keep starting useless wars to keep the defense industry at the public trough. We also would have a lot less American kids dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 7, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. rs

    Another unintended fallout from Bush's unbudgeted wars. Did anyone think there would be NO health care implications from 10 years of war on two fronts?

    Republicans don't care- we'll just borrow more from the Chinese.

    December 7, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Yahweh

    Ahhhh yes.........the inevitable struggle between humanity's loving mission to save lives, and its irrepressible need to take lives in order to survive. Seems one will always deprive the other of its support base, doesn't it. However, I'm still overal quite proud of you little buggers and do hope that you make it a few more years on earth before going extinct by self-annihilation.

    December 7, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |