21st Century Military Pillboxes

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Robert Gates famously complained that health-care costs “are eating the Defense Department alive” when he served as defense secretary.

And that was more than two years before Monday’s Pentagon announcement of a contract to the McKesson Corp. of San Francisco for an eye-watering $2,609,494,450.

That’s right: $2.6 billion.

It’ll pay for pills and other pharmaceuticals for the “Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and individuals authorized medical treatment through military services.”

Thank God the contract is for “mail order pharmaceutical products.” You know, the ones that are cheaper than those you pick up in person at the pharmacy.