Mar 02, 2014
Lobbyist Jolly Played an “Active Role” In Making Military Veterans Pay More For Healthcare
Special interest Lobbyist David Jolly has spent his campaign lying to Pinellas residents and embracing “rigid ideological positions” that are out of touch with Pinellas values. So for 10 days, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is highlighting 10 reasons why Pinellas residents can’t trust special interest Lobbyist David Jolly to represent them.
Today’s reason: Lobbyist Jolly played an “active role” in efforts to make military veterans pay more for their healthcare, writing in support of a plan to require military retirees to increase their individual contributions to the Department’s healthcare program (TRICARE) by as much as 500 percent.
“Instead of closing unfair tax breaks for corporations and the ultra-wealthy, Lobbyist Jolly would balance the budget by making Pinellas veterans pay more,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “From lobbying for a client that supports privatizing Social Security, to increasing health care costs for veterans by 500 percent, Lobbyist Jolly is jeopardizing Pinellas seniors and military families in order to protect his corporate clients. It’s just more proof that Pinellas residents can’t trust special interest Lobbyist David Jolly.”
Jolly May Have Played an “Active Role” in Plan to Increase Veterans’ Health Costs by as Much as 500 Percent, Praised Plan as “Honest Leadership.” The Tampa Bay Times reported: “In another instance of blurred lines, Jolly blogged for Free Enterprise Nation to keep readers abreast on plans to make military veterans pay more for health care — a politically dicey issue — and referenced ‘FEN conversations with appropriations committee staff,’ suggesting he played an active role […] In the blog post he wrote that then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has ‘continued to demonstrate honest leadership in addressing the unsustainable formulas that dictate the department’s health care program.” Jolly’s wrote that Gates’ proposed plan for TRICARE could increase military retirees’ contributions to TRICARE by as much as 500 percent. [Tampa Bay Times, 1/31/14]
There are Over 76,000 Veterans in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. According to the Census’ American Community Survey, there are approximately 76,825 veterans in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. [American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates, accessed 2/11/14]
Over 20,000 in Florida’s 13th Congressional District Rely on TRICARE. According to the Census’ American Community Survey, there are approximately 20,805 people in Florida’s 13th Congressional District with TRICARE/military health coverage. [American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates, accessed 2/11/14]