So it turns out that the Administration knew when the Congress passed what its officials were describing as a $400 billion Medicare bill that its own actuary had estimated that the cost would be more than $500 billion. (Current estimate: $534 billion.) And it’s pretty clear that there wouldn’t have been enough votes for the bill if an honest figure had been put forward. (Yes, the actual figure was floating around, but keeping it unofficial gave the swing voters deniability.)
Tommy Thompson is taking so much heat for this he now plans a formal investigation by the HHS Inspector General. Good. And the HHS IG is no longer Janet Rehnquist. Doubleplusgood.