A costly expansion of ObamaCare is in sight?
Because the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act now lets the federal government tax us for not doing what it demands of us, the administration can institute a long-term insurance program, which Americans will have to pay for whether or not they want it or can afford it.
Involved is reincarnation of a section of the original Obamacare bill. It was called Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS). When ObamaCare was first drafted, the CLASS Act was slipped into it. It was a Ted Kennedy favorite. It would raise $70 billion to help keep the total cost of the health care overhaul down to Obama’s promised level—below a billion dollars.
Last October, the Obama administration health wizards shook themselves into reality and decided it would have to pull the plug on CLASS. It finally admitted this entitlement program was unsustainable as a voluntary plan. Estimates made at the time the bill was written were never reliable.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress: “For 19 months, experts inside and outside of government have examined how HHS might implement a financially sustainable, voluntary and self-financed long-term care insurance program under the law that meets the needs of those seeking protection for the near term and those planning for the future. The work has been groundbreaking in many ways and has taught us a great deal. … But despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time.” Sebelius also wrote that the challenge the CLASS Act was created to address is not going away.
“By 2020,” she wrote emotionally, “we know that an estimated 15 million Americans will need some kind of long-term care and fewer than 3% have a long-term care policy
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