The National Seniors Council is claiming a partial victory against Obamacare with the announcment by the Department of Health and Human Services that it is shutting down the controversial Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) Act, which was a brianchild of the late Senator Ted Kennedy.
The big government long-term care program is an integral part of President Obama’s massive Health Control Law. However, in recent months it has become clear that the program was not financial sound and could never work.
“I do not see a path to move forward with CLASS at this time,” wrote the program’s Administrator, Kathy Greenlee, in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
“The CLASS Act is a financial train wreck,” says NSC National Director Robert Crone. “NSC has been fighting for its reapeal ever since Obamacare was originally passed by Congress. We’re glad that the Administration understands what a disaster this program is.”
The CLASS Act was supposed to serve as a type of long-term care insurance program run by the government and that was paid for in much the same way that Social Security is funded. However, the voluntary premiums were never going to provide enough revenues to make the program financially stable.
“NSC pointed out that the CLASS Act was like a house of cards that was never going to be able support itself,” Crone says. “Congressional Republicans pointed that out as well. Now, at least some members of the Administration are ready to face reality and shut this monstrosity down.”
President Obama, however, seems to want to keep the CLASS Act even though his own Secretary of Health and Human Services has ordered it to be dismantled.
Soon after Secretary Sebellius’ announcement, the White House declared that it would veto any bill that repeals the CLASS Act.
“This is a bizarre situation. The President’s top aides say the program can’t work, but Obama opposes it’s repeal,” Crone remarks. “I’m not sure President Obama care whether this program works or not. He may simply not want to admit that we were right and he was terribly wrong.”
Crone says NSC will continue to lobby for the official repeal of the CLASS Act no matter what the White House does. “We promised our supporters that we would fight for the complete repeal of Obamacare and that is what we are going to continue to do,” he says. “I guarantee that the CLASS Act will be the first major part of Obamacare to be repealed.”
Congressional Republicans have already introduced legislation that will officially kill off the doomed program. A number of Democrats are likely to support the measure thus placing President Obama in a politically very difficult position.