White House to vets: VA health care safe from reform

"Those who are covered by TRICARE would meet the shared responsibility requirement for individuals to have insurance, thereby exempting such members of the uniformed services and dependents from being assessed any sort of penalty," Duckworth wrote.

The White House and Congressional Democrats have fought back for months against claims by Republicans -- most notably Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) during his election campaign -- that current health-care legislation would scale back or cut the military health care program. Such claims are a big concern, especially for elderly vets.

In her blog post Duckworth said VA frequently hears from veterans concerned about the fate of the VA health-care system. Indeed The Eye watched her field such questions during an October meeting with older veterans in Virginia.

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