Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Words Speak Louder Than Actions

Instead travelling around the country trying to convince people that the Medicare drug plan isn't a total clusterfuck why don't you, you know, fix it.

President Bush's top health advisers will fan out across the country this week to quell rising discontent with a new Medicare prescription drug benefit that has tens of thousands of elderly and disabled Americans, their pharmacists, and governors struggling to resolve myriad start-up problems.

This is also one of those articles that you have to read with the special super secret discerning reader journalist decoder ring to understand that what spite girl Ceci Connolly is trying to ever so gently inform the reader is that "they're lying."

In a call with reporters, Leavitt said enrollment in the program, called Medicare Part D, exceeded expectations and put the administration "well on track to meet our goal of enrolling 28 to 30 million in the first year." Last year, officials predicted 39 million seniors and disabled people would participate, according to documents published in the Federal Register on Jan. 28, 2005.

In the past month, 2.6 million people have signed up for a drug plan. Seniors have until May 15 to enroll.

In other words they're lying about what the expectations were and so far the enrollment hasn't even come close to meeting the new lowered expectations.