WaPo Story Claiming Deficit Increase From Obamacare Not As Advertised

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 9:55 am

I don’t think anyone would call me the health care law’s biggest fan. But it’s undeniable that, when you reduce Medicare Advantage overpayments, when you start taxing so-called “Cadillac” insurance plans, and when you add up all the other taxes and levies and cost savings, that outweighs the cost of exchange subsidies and Medicaid expansion [...]

Long-Term Care Still Adrift

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 8:50 am

It’s sad that it took the demise of the CLASS Act for the media to take notice that the problem the measure was trying to solve, long-term care, is both serious and growing. But whether or not the CLASS Act comes off the books, the problem it was meant to address remains: A gap in [...]

CLASSy: Advocates Not Told of CLASS Act Demise Until Minutes Before Announcement

By: Thursday October 20, 2011 2:18 pm

The Obama Administration did not notify Congressional supporters of the CLASS Act, a voluntary public long-term care insurance program passed with the Affordable Care Act, before pulling the plug on the idea. Advocates were left blindsided by the official announcement, though the Administration had recently released the chief actuary and shut down the offices doing [...]

Obama Administration Nixes the CLASS Act

By: Friday October 14, 2011 1:35 pm

The Obama Administration announced that they will not implement the CLASS Act, a voluntary long-term care insurance program that was a key priority of the late Ted Kennedy, and which was instituted as part of the Affordable Care Act. The initiative, known as the Class Act, was included in the law to help Americans cover [...]

Democrats Try to Rescue CLASS Act

By: Monday September 26, 2011 9:35 am

I wrote last week about the sad and expected demise of the CLASS Act, a long-term care insurance program that was included in the Affordable Care Act. The Administration has effectively stopped implementation of the measure, and the recently departed chief actuary basically said that the office was shutting down. The main worry is over [...]

Administration Slow-Walks the CLASS Act

By: Friday September 23, 2011 9:35 am

The CLASS Act was inserted into the Affordable Care Act as a sort of tribute to the late Ted Kennedy, the bill’s longtime champion. It enacts a federal long-term care insurance program, a kind of public option for long-term care. The Obama Administration, emails now show, didn’t like it from the beginning. And now, there [...]

Gang of Six Attempts to Strangle CLASS Act

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 9:30 am

The CLASS Act, created by Ted Kennedy and included in the Affordable Care Act, establishes a voluntary federal long-term care insurance program. Currently, people requiring long-term care need either private insurance or to qualify for Medicaid. Right now, around 40% of all long-term care is funded through Medicaid, and given that Medicaid faces budget cuts [...]

Other Public Programs, Improvements To Exchange Structure Discussed For Final Health Care Bill

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 2:09 pm

The widespread acknowledgement that the final health care bill will not include a public option has led some involved in the conference committee discussions to look to other priorities. Rep. Rosa DeLauro talked up the national exchanges in the House bill as a possible concession to improve the overall bill. “That’s where people are going [...]

What’s In The Manager’s Amendment

By: Saturday December 19, 2009 9:38 am

So I’m frantically trying to read the manager’s amendment (turn on CSPAN-2 and you can follow along yourself) and all the supplementary information that’s out there on just what’s now in this health care bill, and here’s what I’ve got so far…

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