CLASS Act supporters urge Obama to keep his commitment to the program

posted at 7:35 pm on September 30, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The future of the long-term care insurance program created under Obamacare — known as CLASS — has been in doubt ever since the administration said last week that it plans to reduce the number of staffers dedicated to the program. The CLASS actuary even hinted the entire CLASS office might close. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has said the administration won’t implement the program if it is fiscally unsustainable — and, as the financial viability of the program was in doubt even before the program passed, sustainability seems like an unrealistic dream.

But the same groups that urged passage of the CLASS Act — even as the administration ignored internal warnings about the disastrous structure of the program — are now urging the president to keep his commitment to the new entitlement. A number of organizations — including Advance CLASS, the AARP, AFSCME and SEIU — today sent a letter to the president to demand that he do whatever it takes to launch the program.

“Mr. President, Congress gave you the authority to make necessary changes to the design of CLASS to make it work,” the letter states. “We fully expect the Administration to go forward and use that authority in implementing the law.”

It just so happens one of the signatures on the letter comes from Constance “Connie” Garner. Now the executive director of Advance CLASS, Garner was Sen. Ted Kennedy’s lead staffer on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at the time of the original push for CLASS. As Garner was privy to internal communications about the program, she ought to know better than anyone that, as Kent Conrad put it, the program is “a Ponzi scheme of the first order” or what federal health experts called an “insurance death spiral.”

Advance CLASS and other advocacy groups might not let up on this, but GOP lawmakers won’t, either. And, as the facts are against CLASS, the administration would be wise to fold the program before it ever starts.

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Like Obama said it’s just math and for this turkey the math isn’t pretty.

CommentGuy on September 30, 2011 at 7:41 PM

And, as the facts are against CLASS, the administration would be wise to fold the program before it ever starts.

Being it’s Obama we’re talking about, that means he’ll push all his chips in on this hand.

Then get another marker from Timmy.

Hey, he’s good for it!/

SuperCool on September 30, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Paging Justice Kennedy, please add this to your review of information on ObamaCare.

txmomof6 on September 30, 2011 at 7:44 PM

AFSCME? SEIU? Nuff said!

bernzright777 on September 30, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Boycott and shun the AARP and the AMA, and all the charlatans in healthcare, and in general.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2011 at 7:47 PM

And, as the facts are against CLASS, the administration would be wise to fold the program before it ever starts.

Like they listened about Solyndra ??

pambi on September 30, 2011 at 7:53 PM

It just so happens one of the signatures on the letter comes from Constance “Connie” Garner. Now the executive director of Advance CLASS, Garner was Sen. Ted Kennedy’s lead staffer on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at the time of the original push for CLASS. As Garner was privy to internal communications about the program, she ought to know better than anyone that, as Kent Conrad put it, the program is “a Ponzi scheme of the first order”

Since when does knowing better ever stop a commie? They don’t give a sh!t what it costs, or what it could do to this country. It’s on the agenda, and by God they’re going to make it happen. No matter who has to get hurt, or die doing it.

capejasmine on September 30, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Tina,

Protip on writing threadlines like this: Go for the low-hanging fruit, especially when there’s a double entendre involved. For example:

CLASS Act supporters urge Obama to get with the program.

Class act and Obama in the same sentence just begs for it.

Christien on September 30, 2011 at 7:58 PM

How can Mr. Softee stay strong on anything?

bloggless on September 30, 2011 at 8:17 PM

A number of organizations — including Advance CLASS, the AARP, AFSCME and SEIU — today sent a letter to the president to demand that he do whatever it takes to launch the program.

Oh, I remember AARP, AFSCME and SEIU. They got waivers for 3 years from the provisions of ObamaCare.

How convenient.

GarandFan on September 30, 2011 at 8:59 PM