With all the political drama going on concerning Medicare from both parties, it baffles me that President Barack Obama has ignored his legal responsibilities regarding the "Medicare trigger." That trigger (covered under Section 1105 of Title 31 of the U.S. Code) is a forecast from the Medicare trustees that general revenues will be required for 45 percent or more of the program's outlays within a seven-year period, which signals that Medicare is financially unsustainable.
The president is required to respond to Congress, but though the Medicare trustees issued a warning in 2009, 2010, 2011, and again this spring, President Obama has ignored the law each year and failed to submit the required budgetary legislation to Congress.
But guess who did follow the law — President George W. Bush did so in 2008 and made the necessary budget adjustments.
Mr. Obama could not have forgotten about this as Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Jeff Sessions reminded him of his duties in a March 2012 letter.
So President Obama, start doing your job and follow the laws of the land. You cannot blame President Bush for not doing so!
Michael Vance Ernest Sr., CatonsvilleCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun