Who says the Bush Administration isn’t creative?
The big insurers who (along with Big Pharma) bought and paid for Medicare Part D are massively cheating on their legal obligations. In particular, they’re not providing the customer service function they’re required to provide; instead, they merely refer customers who need immediate medication refills but have had their claims rejected to the government’s own 800 number.
The President, who has the Constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” has apparently allowed his subordinates to declare an “unofficial grace period” during which Part D insurance providers can violate the rules with impunity. The government has even failed to publish a schedule of penalties to be imposed for breaking the rules, on the somewhat bizarre ground that “sanction authority is not intended to be punitive.”
Now that they’ve invented non-punitive sanctions, how about chaste pornography? Merciful torture? Dry water? (Or how about compassionate conservatism?)
And of course the Administration that never stops yammering about “choice” has decided to deny to consumers the information about the performance of the competing plans that would allow them to choose intelligently rather than by eenie-meenie-miney-mo.