I am shocked… SHOCKED… to find that the Bush administration is unable to competently manage a federal government program. From today’s NYTimes:
With tens of thousands of people unable to get medicines promised by Medicare, the Bush administration has told insurers that they must provide a 30-day supply of any drug that a beneficiary was previously taking, and it said that poor people must not be charged more than $5 for a covered drug.
The actions came after several states declared public health emergencies, and many states announced that they would step in to pay for prescriptions that should have been covered by the federal Medicare program.
Republicans have joined Democrats in asserting that the federal government botched the beginning of the prescription drug program, which started on Jan. 1. People who had signed up for coverage found that they were not on the government’s list of subscribers. Insurers said they had no way to identify poor people entitled to extra help with their drug costs. Pharmacists spent hours on the telephone trying to reach insurance companies that administer the drug benefit under contract to Medicare.
At least this is the only time that the Bush administration has ever seemed incompetent at managing the US government. Oh, wait…
Come to think of it, it might be fun to start compiling a list of Bush administration botches. Any suggestions for other Bush Botches?