Bush’s Prescription Drug Claim Contains The Wrong Dosage

In his radio address yesterday, President Bush said the following:

More than 25 million people with Medicare now have prescription drug coverage, and hundreds of thousands more are enrolling each week.

But just this week, a government report indicated that the 25 million figure is way off:

Since December, the US Department of Health and Human Services has repeatedly overstated the number of enrollees in the new Medicare prescription drug plan. … [A]ccording to Medicare’s own figures, the actual number of voluntary enrollees is much smaller, about 5 million.

Confusion over the prescription drug benefit continues to prevent people from signing up. Instead of admitting it, the administration finds it more convenient to make up figures that suggest the program is a success.