It’s the president’s prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D), though, that is his most mind-boggling failure. As was not the case in Iraq or with Katrina, it hasn’t had to overcome the opposition of man or nature. Pharmacists are not resisting the program; seniors are not planting car bombs to impede it (not yet, anyway). But in what must be an unforeseen development, people are trying to get their medications covered under the program. Apparently, this is a contingency for which the administration was not prepared, as it has been singularly unable to get its own program up and running.
The problems with Medicare Part D are no laughing matter. The lives of America’s most vulnerable citizens are at risk. Incompetence is a perfect description of the failed implementation an follow-through on Bush’s own initiatives, including Medicare reform, the Iraq war, bringing Bin Laden to justice, and responding to Katrina: