When Obamacare became law in 2010, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act was one of its biggest selling points In 2011, however, the CLASS Act was found to be unaffordable, despite its small up-front costs, and because of a stipulation in Obamacare was unable to be implemented. The Act was given a quiet death in early 2013, when it was repealed in the fiscal cliff deal.
So why is the White House still promoting the CLASS Act on its website?
The White House’s “Disabilities” page, promotes the alleged benefits of various parts of Obamacare, including those in the CLASS Act:
President Obama placed comprehensive health reform at the top of his domestic policy agenda. The President signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which provides many benefits for people with disabilities.
• The ACA establishes the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program, a self-funded and voluntary long-term care insurance choice that would help people with disabilities remain in their homes, communities and jobs through cash benefits to pay for community support services.
Then there is the CLASS Act’s dedicated website:
The Act provides Americans with a new option to finance long-term services and care in the event of a disability.
It is a self-funded and voluntary long-term care insurance choice. Workers will pay in premiums in order to receive a daily cash benefit if they develop a disability. Need will be based on difficulty in performing basic activities such as bathing or dressing. The benefit is flexible: it could be used for a range of community support services, from respite care to home care.
No taxpayer funds will be used to pay benefits under this provision. The program will actually reduce Medicaid spending, as people are able to continue working and living in their homes and not enter nursing homes. Safeguards will be put in place to ensure its premiums are enough to cover its costs.
At best, this is negligence on the part of the White House to continue promoting a part of Obamacare that was repealed over nine months ago and was found to be unviable (and, thus, its benefits unable to actually be received) two years ago.
At worst, this is a blatant attempt by the Administration to market something that no longer exists. Tea Party Patriots reached out to the White House’s press office for clarification on this, but no answer was forthcoming.
As the fight over Obamacare continues, the American people are finding many of the President’s promises broken. From “you can keep your doctor” to the “lower premiums” charade, the house of cards is coming down. The least the White House can do is make its own website accurate.