Just last week Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (and final arbiter of all of your health care decisions) announced that the CLASS Act would not be implemented. The CLASS (Community Living Assistance Services and Support) Act was supposedly to provide long-term care for the disabled.
In a Friday afternoon news “dump” (designed for you to miss it over the weekend), Sebelius said, “Despite our best analytical efforts I do not see a viable path forward for Class implementation at this time.” In other words, it won’t work. Not that this is a surprise to them; it was never meant to work. The plan was based on collecting “voluntary” premiums for 5 years from the elderly with no benefits provided until the 6th year. Can you guess how many people signed up?
Here’s something about that story you will not hear on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, or any of the other government mouthpieces…. The CLASS Act was scored by the CBO as 40% of the savings attributed to the cost of Obamacare. The cost of Obamacare has gone up again from what was originally shoved down the taxpayers’ throat. The CBO says that, without these savings (which were never real in the first place), the cost just went up by another $53.6 billion.
This plan was never intended to be implemented. They knew it would never work. It was part of the smoke and mirrors used to make a claim that the cost of the bill was under $1 trillion and would lower health care costs.
The cost of this bill, if you include interest, is most likely approaching $2 trillion and that is without any consideration of the massive job-killing infection it is spreading throughout the economy. Oh, and those lower health care costs? Where are they?