Savings numbers don’t match health care reality

By Tom Philpott

Bush administration officials again have saddled Congress with an under-funded military health-care budget by projecting $1.2 billion in savings they know will not be realized, say critics on Capitol Hill.

Part of the false savings, for a third straight year, is tied to the unlikely scenario that Congress will enact administration plans to raise TRICARE fees, co-payments and deductibles for military retirees.