Beside all the well-known evils of the Bush administration, some of the more boring evils go underreported. This is an old story, but it's one you might not have heard of.
To put it simply: The nation's top Medicare actuary figures out that the Bush Medicare plan will cost about $550 billion, not under $400 billion like the administration says. He wants to go tell Congress about this. His boss says that if he does, he'll lose his job. Two months later, after the Bush plan passes, the White House comes out and says that the cost really will be a lot closer to $550 billion. It's not like unforeseen events proved the actuary right -- there's a mere two months between the passage of the bill and the 35% increase in cost. Even if they didn't tell the boss to threaten the actuary (maybe they did, no one can establish it), the White House clearly knew that the plan would cost over $500 billion, and they saw to it that Congress voted using faulty numbers.
Is there anything you can trust these people about?
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