Obama drops long-term health care program
October 14th, 2011
07:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama drops long-term health care program

Washington (CNN) - Citing cost concerns, the Obama administration said Friday it has halted a long-term care insurance program that was part of the massive health care law passed in 2010.

Called the CLASS Act (Community Living Assistance Services and Supports), the program was canceled by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius after a 19-month effort to find a way to make it financially viable.

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  1. fred ca

    How can the executive branch 'drop' part of legislation? Oh, sorry, forgot. He is the chosen one who can only be held to the standard of the 3 chosen ones from the 20th century.

    October 14, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. walt

    This is going to be blamed on republicans for sure for fighting the tax increases that obama wants

    October 14, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. portland tony

    Not to worry seniors. We've got Death Panels to take care of all your needs!

    October 14, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Terry, VA

    The whole program sucks and will be throw out by the Supreme Court or will be repealed as soon as Obummie is kicked to the curb in 2012.

    October 14, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    One less entitlement to worry about – We don't need it!!

    October 14, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Tired of the nonsense

    Take the money from the congress-critters' retirement fund, pension, insurance and payroll. They don't blink when they take that money from us.

    October 14, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Lisa P

    McConnell claims he wants "common sense reforms"? O.K. - single payer would save a mountain in administrative costs for both doctors and insurers, and it would get employers out of the health-insurance purchasing business while guaranteeing that workers will keep their coverage even if they lose their jobs. It's a win-win-win. Of course, it would mean that insurance company execs wouldn't have any more $$$ to donate to the GOP... but that wouldn't stop McConnell from supporting the most common sense health insurance reform there is, would it? Would it?

    October 14, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Health care can never be a profit-based enterprise. Whenever the corporate leaders get a chance to choose between profits and good healthcare they will choose profits. Healthcare in every advanced nation (with higher standards of living than the US) is a government program. I can hear the rednecks who spend their lives on Fox News screaming "God no – not socialized medicine!". I agree the term is correct. I know strongly believe in socialized medicine – like an improved version of Medicare. The Congress enjoys such a system now.

    October 14, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    "We should repeal the CLASS Act and the rest of the health spending law and replace it with the type of common-sense reforms that lower costs and Americans support," McConnell said.
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    ObamaCare was passed not because it was so well designed that it made sense for Americans to provide the best health care at a cost that worked. It was passed because it was politically possible since the Democrats for a brief period of time could cram it through. Do you remember the process? That was political cramming if ever there was a bill crammed through. We can do better. We will, but Americans will need to wait until 2013 because this administration cares more about the politics than the good of the nation.

    October 14, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. john kesrouan

    Maybe State Run TV can explain to us how exactly our President can modify a law without having Congress do the modifications. PULEEZZEEE EXPLAIN THIS CNN.

    October 14, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. kat

    You can't pay for any of it fool ! What an idiot.

    October 15, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  12. BB

    If it doesn't work cut it!! only a fool never changes his/her position.

    October 15, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  13. CA Dream USA

    Wow..Not again..

    October 15, 2011 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  14. Reggie from LA

    Not that it was a bad plan, just not affordable. It's better to admit that it can't work and take our lumps than to insist that it will work and give us the mumps. Ok. Terrible poetry, but the point is that to support such a program based on hope will only increase deficits. If only we had those Clinton surpluses and millionaires giving their fair shares. Where did those surpluses go to? I know. Obama spent them. See, I didn't go backwards in time and criticize the Bush administration. I blamed Obama like I've been instructed to. If only we had some money. You remember those tax break checks we got under Bush and were grinnin' like possums? That was the nation's money. Now it's WalMart's money. The 1%. Idiots.

    October 15, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  15. diridi

    This nation needs this desperately. It is a bad idea just because GOP is obstructing, you you do not need to compromise. It is a terrible idea. Any thing cutting Poor Man's entitlement in this nation is going to face consequential results. It reverberates damage to the nation. watch out.....god bless. Obama2012.
    Yes, it needs money., but going to be fine....

    October 15, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. diridi

    This nation needs this desperately. It is a bad idea just because GOP is obstructing, you you do not need to compromise. It is a terrible idea. Any thing cutting Poor Man's entitlement in this nation is going to face consequential results. It reverberates damage to the nation. watch out.....god bless. Obama2012.

    October 15, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |