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Morning Bell: The Slow Dismantling of Obamacare

Home - by - January 8, 2013 - 08:00 America/New_York - 8 Comments


Things aren’t going so well for Obamacare.

Even Democrats in Congress aren’t huge fans any more. It seems after passing the law and finding out what’s in it, the allure has faded—so much so that Congress actually repealed part of Obamacare in the fiscal cliff deal last week.

That’s right—part of Obamacare has been completely undone. It was the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, essentially a new entitlement program for long-term care. But this new government program for people who end up needing assisted living or other long-term services was poorly designed and bound to fail,  as Heritage’s Alyene Senger explains.

“CLASS was a bad deal for both taxpayers (who would likely have had to bail out the program) and beneficiaries (who would be better served by choosing among private options),” Senger wrote.

The program was so poorly designed that one of its own administrators warned Congress in 2011 that the program could collapse.

This is just one example of how poorly thought out Obamacare was—but this example so captured Congress’s attention that it spurred action. Another part of Obamacare that just took effect, the medical device tax, started making some Senators uneasy before it was scheduled to begin.



  1. wildriver

    January 8th, 2013

    If only…….I wonder how much time and money would have been saved? If only they had read the bill.

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  2. yourfavoriteunkle

    January 8th, 2013

    It would be better if the Obama Administration was dismantled and sent to prison along with complicit RINO’s…. but then, what do I know.
    Obamacare is a study in “planned compromise”… load it up with all the goodies you can think of and settle for the results because once the law is implemented they can slowly add more to it via riders or use it as a political bargaining chip. Disgusting.

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  3. Mr.Gates

    January 8th, 2013

    Nationally dictated health care will now be an election campaign issue for eternity. Unless there’s a revolution.

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  4. Anonymous

    January 8th, 2013

    “That’s right—part of Obamacare has been completely undone. It was the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act…”

    Awww what a shame. Because who could argue that if Obama is anything, he’s a class act.

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  5. theJadedBarrel

    January 8th, 2013

    Hmm, I wonder what prompted the dem’s to start reading it now? Those rebellious dem’s criticizing “The Bill” most be TeaBaggers.

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  6. thirdtwin

    January 8th, 2013

    Thanks for nothing Justice Roberts. You could have manned up and shot down the whole godforsaken mess. Now it has come to this, and it’s not like Congress has nothing else to deal with. I hope you are enjoying the company of all your new friends on the DC cocktail circuit.

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  7. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 8th, 2013

    But this new government program…was poorly designed and bound to fail, as Heritage’s Alyene Senger explains.

    But what does that say about the remaining 1,990 pages of the ObamaTax bill that were written by the same people?

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  8. not the droid you seek

    January 8th, 2013

    Obamacare was written without a severability clause, so congress will be dumping the rest of it any day now.

    Ugh, I think typing that last bit made my brain bleed.

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