Let me see if I have this straight:
The White House and the Republicans in Congress, with the help of some tame Democrats and the AARP, push through a Medicare bill that’s a policy disaster with an estimated price tag of $400 billion.
Then it comes out that the actual price tag (for the same inadequate set of benefits) is actually $525 billion, and the White House knew it. Congress plans to revisit the bill this year.
on slick, dishonest TV ads promoting the bill as good policy.
[Well, the bill certainly was good policy for Billy Tauzin, chair of House Energy & Commerce and the main shepard of the bill, who has just resigned his chairmanship and is about to quit Congress to become the chief lobbyist for Big Pharma. Knowing that Tauzin is an ex-Democrat makes you sort of proud to be a Democrat, doesn’t it? Considering the alternative, I mean.]
CBS, which refused the Move-On anti-deficit ad on the grounds that it doesn’t allow “issue advertising,” plans to run the ads.
Really, you can’t make this stuff up.