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Another Obamacare Failure
Posted By Nina Owcharenko On October 17, 2011 @ 4:45 pm In Featured,Health Care | 7 Comments
On Friday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius admitted that the CLASS program can’t work . After months of insisting that it could meet a 75-year actuarial soundness test and keep with the statutory requirements, Sebelius acknowledged that “despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time.”
The CLASS Act was a key provision included to pass Obamacare. It would have established a new, government-run long-term-care insurance program. But it was also used to claim that the health care law was paid for and would help bring down the deficit. From the beginning, Heritage warned  that it was poorly designed and was included in the legislation primarily as a budget gimmick.
The Secretary’s letter carefully included the phrase “at this time,” leaving many to speculate what the Administration will do now. Those on the left are already gearing up to “fix” the statute  to make CLASS work. But, Obamacare cannot be fixed. It must be repealed.
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URLs in this post:
 admitted that the CLASS program can’t work: http://www.hhs.gov/secretary/letter10142011.html
 Heritage warned: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/07/No-CLASS-How-Congress-Saddled-Taxpayers-with-Another-Costly-Entitlement
 The AP’s Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar reports: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44913586
 to reduce the impact that the law would have on federal deficit spending: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/01/Obamacare-and-the-Budget-Playing-Games-with-Numbers
 “fix” the statute: http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-cohn/96332/class-act-obamacare-long-term-care-mandate-cost-foster
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