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Yet another instance of “we have to pass the ObamaCare bill to see what’s in it” story

You know, I’m starting to get the sneaking suspicion that lawmakers and the president didn’t actually read the ObamaCare bill before it was signed in to law.  Latest development:

Even as leading Democrats offered assurances to the contrary, government experts repeatedly warned that a new long-term care insurance plan could go belly up, saddling taxpayers with another underfunded benefit program, according to emails disclosed by congressional investigators.

Part of President Barack Obama’s health care law, the program is in limbo as a congressional debt panel searches for budget savings and behind the scenes, administration officials scramble to find a viable financing formula.

A longstanding priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, or CLASS, was spliced into the health care law despite nagging budget worries. Administration emails and documents reveal that alarms were sounded earlier and more widely than previously thought. Congressional Republicans seeking repeal of the program provided the materials to The Associated Press.

“Seems like a recipe for disaster to me,” William Marton, a senior aging policy official in the administration, wrote in an October 2009 email. Marton explained his concern that large numbers of healthy people would not willingly sign up for CLASS, creating a predicament in which soaring premiums for a smaller group of frail beneficiaries would destabilize the program.

That central design flaw has dogged CLASS from the drawing board, and it may turn out to be insurmountable without making the program mandatory for most workers. CLASS remains vulnerable to repeal.  (Another individual mandate?  Huh.  Imagine that. – CL)

Item #1 on the agenda on Jan. 21, 2013, unless the Supreme Court beats us to the punch: Repeal ObamaCare.

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September 15, 2011 - Posted by | big government, health care, Obama, socialism

3 Comments »

  1. […] Yet another instance of “we have to pass the ObamaCare bill to see what’s in it” s… (crushliberalism.com) […]

    Pingback by Department of Human Services Affirms What We Already Know: Obama Ignored Costs of Obamacare Provisions « The Foxhole | September 15, 2011

  2. What’s a “pingback”?

    Comment by Kevin | September 16, 2011

  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pingback

    In this case, a blog called The Foxhole has a link back to this blog post. His pingback might be automated, i.e. he didn’t intentionally link back here but his post had similar content and keywords that his blog provider (WordPress) linked to this post.

    Pingbacks allow readers to read similar blog posts on the subject at hand.

    Comment by crushliberalism | September 16, 2011


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