Governor Jim Doyle slammed the Bush administration Wednesday, for pulling the plug on SeniorCare. “A sad day for seniors in Wisconsin,” was how Doyle responded to the decision not to extend the state's waiver for the popular prescription drug program. “They've eliminated these programs in every other state, and we were the last people standing and they were going to roll over us,” said Doyle. “It just shows you the level of cynicism these people have.”
Doyle said the Bush administration has chosen drug companies over Wisconsin seniors and taxpayers. “This is all about the Bush administration trying to make everybody believe that Medicare Part-D is a great program,” said Doyle. Doyle said the state will do everything possible to make sure the successor to SeniorCare is a good program, but it won't be as good — or as cost effective. Doyle said he believes SeniorCare will be able to operate for another six months, barring “absolute cruelty” by the Bush administration.