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Chief Medicare Official Lied to Get Drug Bill Passed

In December President Bush signed into law one of the worst pieces of legislation ever passed in this country, the Medicare drug bill. They estimated that it would cost nearly half a trillion dollars when it was passed. However, as I reviewed when it was passed, any rational mind would recognize this was a gross misreprenstation. Yesterday the country learned the reality of this as the government's longtime chief analyst of Medicare costs said that Bush administration officials threatened to fire him last year if he disclosed to Congress that he believed the prescription drug legislation favored by the White House would prove far more expensive than lawmakers had been told.

Looking at past history, in 1966 Medicare was introduced and was predicted to cost $12 billion by 1990. However, the cost was actually over $107 billion that year. You can only imagine how much money this bill will legally transfer to the bloated drug companies. Folks, this is a classic example of why this Web site exists, to tell the truth about these types of abuses and help people identify practical inexpensive alteratives to the drug companies. We are on a mission to change this insanity.

Washington Post March 13, 2004 Page A01

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