Obama wanted to gut military spending all along
The health care cuts are really cynical. While he is making health care available to many who don;t have any, he is making it less affordable for members of the Military their families and retirees. This should be a tough sell to non liberals in Congress.
Administration officials, and even some Pentagon officers, see an opening to argue for reductions in bases and health and weapons programs that have long been in President Obama’s sights.