I guess here's where we find out what is really in the bill. Politico:
"For 19 months, experts inside and outside of government have examined how HHS might implement a financially sustainable, voluntary and self-financed long-term care insurance program under the law that meets the needs of those seeking protection for the near term and those planning for the future," Sebelius said in the letter. "But despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time."
After 19 months of research, "what we've determined is we do not have a path forward," Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee said on a conference call with reporters. The law requires Sebelius to certify that the program would be fiscally solvent for 75 years.
"She could not meet that threshold," Greenlee said.
In a memo explaining the decision, Greenlee wrote that the steps that would have been necessary to make the program solvent risked violating the letter of the law.
"As we take necessary steps to mitigate solvency risks, we concomitantly raise the legal risk that the plan could be found impermissible under the [health reform] statute," the memo stated.
This is the biggest embarrassment for Congress that I can remember. It is directly - repeat, directly - the result of slapdash, careless, unthinking, and imprudent legislating. It comes from inadequate study, incomplete congressional hearings, and a desire to place politics and a president's arrogant desire to be remembered by history above the needs and wants of the people.
In a just, well ordered society, congressional Democratic leadership would pay for this folly with their seats. Instead, they will be re-elected in a landslide.
If they screwed up this part of Obamacare, what can we expect from the rest of it?