Health and Human Services Secretary has been forced to announce that a part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was well not affordable. The CLASS act a section of the bill that dealt with long-term care and home care for elderly and disabled individuals. Once again the folks who write these bills are dong it out of a sense of purpose. The purpose being cradle to grave care for everyone. But what they fail to see is the immediate effects of their votes.
The section that Kathleen Sebelius announced that after careful study there would be no way to voluntarily fund the program. It would have required many healthy folks to buy in while young and pay monthly premiums from 200 to 3000 dollars. For once someone in Washington used common sense and realized that this would not work and stated that fact. I applaud Secretary Sebelius for this announcement. Admitting that Obamacare was hastily written and riddled with flaws is the first step to recovery and repeal of this behemoth.
But there are still forces at work trying to save the failed plan. This from the Hill from October 3, 2011.
The seniors’ lobby AARP and powerful unions urged President Obama to follow through on his commitment to support the health law’s long-term care program after the administration appeared to put the controversial program on hold.
The AARP and Unions. But it is not the fact that they want to save the program that is scary but how. here is an excerpt from the AP story on the ending of the program.
Proponents, including many groups that fought to pass the health care law, have vowed a vigorous effort to rescue the program, insisting that Congress gave the administration broad authority to make changes.
This quote, in one sentence, sums up the very problem in Washington. Congress giving broad powers to change a law.
To be clear nobody wants to see anyone suffer but a program that is poorly implemented is no help to anyone.
Take this as the second sign that Obamacare need to go away. The first being several courts ruling that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. This will hopefully go to the Supreme Court early in 2012. I would hope they would find the individual mandate unconstitutional thus effectively killing the rest of this albatross.
The haste in which the Act was written and pushed through congress should give us all pause. The Democrats in power at the time never stopped to really consider if it was a good bill or a bad bill. They took the political view that the name and purpose were enough. This axing of one major part of the bill shows that good intentions do not make good legislation. Maybe while your Representatives and Senators are running for office in 2012 it would be a good time to ask them if they ever read the bill or just the name.
We need to slow our legislatures down and make then evaluate a bill before they vote. Or there will be more Affordable Care Acts in our future from both parties.