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The slow, piece-by-piece death of health care reform

By CALLIE MORAN
Capitol Hill Blue White House Correspondent
November 3, 2011

Like a terminally-ill patient, President Barack Obama‘s signature health care “reform” bill, promoted and passed with so much hoopla early in his struggling presidency, is dying a slow, painful death.

The fatal blows come as more and more of the plan prove unworkable.

“The trouble began even before the bill was passed,” says Democratic strategist Peter Nelson. “The health insurance lobby wrote the bill and that doomed it from the start. The president backtracked on public option. That was the beginning of the end.”

Supreme Court justices meet this month to consider whether or not to hear various legal challenges to the constitutionality of the law, particularly the section that requires Americans to buy some form of health insurance if it is not provided by employees or through Medicare.

The Department of Health & Human Services in October deemed that a major part of the “reform,”  a long-term health care provision for seniors, was both unworkable and financially unsound.

HHS said it could not find a way to make the program “financially sound” for 75 years, as required by the law.

Called CLASS (Community Living Assistance Services and Supports), the program was aimed at providing affordable long-term health care at home as an alternative to expensive nursinghome or assisted-living facilities.

The Obama administration admitted that the HHS assessment was valid and scrapped the provision.

Republicans jumped on the situation as proof that the entire law was too expensive and unworkable.

“The bill needed more scrutiny,” says New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg, who added the actuarial review as part of the bill during consideration. “Had the whole bill been subject to the accounting and actuarial review that the CLASS Act was, it would not have survived either.”

The piece-by-piece dismantling of the health care act could become a major problem for Obama and Democrats as they head into a tough election season for 2012.

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4 Responses to The slow, piece-by-piece death of health care reform

  1. woody188

    November 3, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Remember when I said that this healthcare bill would end up raising taxes and would provide fewer benefits, it any benefits at all, versus the current Medicare plan?

    I knew back then the money raised from the time of it’s passing to the time when benefits were to start in 2014 would be raided, spent and gone. One needs to only look at history to confirm this is what would happen. Guess what?

    The illegal “Super Congress” is targeting Medicare as one of the major cuts in their trillion dollar package of cuts from the domestic spending budget. This same cut was cited by Obama as being a major part of the funding for his healthcare plan. So instead of healthcare, the money will now go to paying interest on debt to bankers. This leaves the Obamacare plan insolvent unless taxes are raised.

  2. Carl Nemo **==

    November 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    No fear, ‘Obamacare’ will never move away from the dock. The failure of this uber spendy, statist program is the least of our national problems and its imminent death is well deserved.

    It’s dying a slug’s death under the noonday sun, slow, but sure… : )

    Carl Nemo **==

  3. Carl Nemo **==

    November 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    “The bill needed more scrutiny,” says New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg,…” extract from article

    Everything Congress has passed during past 20 years or so has been bum, citizen unfriendly legislation from NAFTA and other lopsided so-called ‘free’ rather than fair trade treaties, Gramm~Leach~Bliley (1999), The Commodities Modernization Act (2000), the Patriot Act, TARP, Obama’a ‘Recovery Act’, Obamacare and whatever other statist accommodating nightmare into the future.

    They don’t “scrutinize” anything, always taking a politically expedient path to rush evermore corpofascist friendly legislation through, the trademark of a failing empire ruled by a terminally corrupt, compromised leadership.

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. Alan Kovner

    November 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Lying or hysterical rationalization. The Health Care bill is NOT in trouble. Methodology is the issue. Look for yourselves instead of listening to these one sided
    lies, 1/2 truths, or demagogory. Look for yourselves and you will see whose side they’re really on.
    AlanKovner