Bush administration ordered Medicare plan cost estimates withheld
By Tony Pugh at Knight Ridder Newspapers is an excellent article on another case of Baby Bush's administration hiding the truth in policy making.
"Richard S. Foster, the chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which produced the $551 billion estimate, told colleagues last June that he would be fired if he revealed numbers relating to the higher estimate to lawmakers."
This ticks off in Republican legislators. They voted on the bill based on a cost estimate of $400 billion.
Oh, hell, what's a $150 billion dollars of taxpayer money between friends?