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'Fiscal cliff' deal repeals part of 'Obamacare'
The Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2013 | Stephen Dinan

Posted on 01/01/2013 9:21:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Tucked inside the "fiscal cliff" deal is a provision repealing the CLASS Act, a giant unfunded mandate that was part of President Obama's health care law.

The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program was a priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and was designed to create a program for long-term care for the functionally disabled.

Mr. Obama halted the program, saying he couldn't find a way to make it cost-effective. But he had objected when Republicans tried to repeal it outright, saying he wanted to keep it on the books and try to amend it rather than kill it.

But he did an about-face this week, accepting repeal in exchange for raising tax rates on the wealthiest...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Health/Medicine; Politics
KEYWORDS: boehner; classact; congress; edwardkennedy; edwardmkennedy; fiscalcliff; kennedy; longtermcare; obama; obamacare; taxes; tedkennedy

1 posted on 01/01/2013 9:21:19 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The CLASS Act was a criminal Ponzi-scheme straight-up. Collect premiums up-front that are insufficient to provide promised long-term care benefits later. Its sole purpose was to artificially inflate cash inflow in the early years to make it look like Obamacare “reduced the deficit” in the first ten years.

2 posted on 01/01/2013 9:29:12 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks:
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” - - - Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program - - - “

Sounds like a Commune Program to me - - -.

3 posted on 01/01/2013 9:31:05 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Getting rid of Kennedy crap is a plus.

4 posted on 01/01/2013 9:37:17 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Desparate to find silver lining ( spit)

5 posted on 01/01/2013 9:45:27 PM PST by Steven Tyler
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To: Graewoulf

This rejected program was never going to fly and was never funded to fly. So, what does obumma do? He counts it as a budget cut in his lie on the “cut” number. CBO reported that gem this afternoon.

In other words, any suggestion that gets into writing but doesn’t fly, never funded, can be considered a “cut” by these wordsmiths.

6 posted on 01/01/2013 10:01:37 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program

That was probably some sort of Federal "death with dignity" program.

7 posted on 01/01/2013 10:11:41 PM PST by Cementjungle
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Yeah Patterned after the UK NHS "Liverpool Care Pathway"

Under the program, known as the Liverpool Care Pathway, trusts, which oversee the finances of a group of hospitals, can deny food and hydration to dying patients. Between £12 and £20 million (US$20 – US$32.3 million) has already been paid out to almost two-thirds of NHS trusts that have “hit targets” in the program, reports the UK Telegraph.

The figures, obtained by the paper under the Freedom of Information Act, show that about 85-percent of trusts have now adopted the regime, branded as the NHS ‘Pathway to Death’ by critics.

According to the Daily Mail, some hospitals have been set on targets requiring between a third and two-thirds of all deaths should be on the LCP program. At many hospitals, more than 50-percent of all patients who died had been placed on the LCP program. In one case, the proportion of foreseeable deaths on the pathway was almost nine out of 10.

The scandal has rocked Britain

The LCP program was conceived as a set of procedures to ease the suffering in patients dying within hours or a few days. These involve the withdrawal from treatments the tending doctor felt were no longer needed, or would do more harm than good. The original protocols required patients, and if possible, their families, should be consulted first.

But a number of cases have now come up where patients’ families were never consulted, or even told that food and hydration was being denied to their loved ones.

In some cases, patients who were put on the pathway were never terminally ill and went on to fully recover.

Top UK doctor's chilling claim: The NHS kills off 130,000 elderly patients every year.

Professor says doctors use 'death pathway' to euthenasia of the elderly

Around 29 per cent of patients that die in hospital are on controversial 'care pathway'

NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.

Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial ‘death pathway’ into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly.

He claimed there was often a lack of clear evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients that is used in hospitals across the country.

It is designed to come into force when doctors believe it is impossible for a patient to recover and death is imminent.

There are around 450,000 deaths in Britain each year of people who are in hospital or under NHS care. Around 29 per cent – 130,000 – are of patients who were on the LCP.

Professor Pullicino claimed that far too often elderly patients who could live longer are placed on the LCP and it had now become an ‘assisted death pathway rather than a care pathway’.

He cited ‘pressure on beds and difficulty with nursing confused or difficult-to-manage elderly patients’ as factors.

Professor Pullicino revealed he had personally intervened to take a patient off the LCP who went on to be successfully treated.

He said this showed that claims they had hours or days left are ‘palpably false’.

In the example he revealed a 71-year-old who was admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia and epilepsy was put on the LCP by a covering doctor on a weekend shift.

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8 posted on 01/01/2013 10:47:35 PM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Class Act. Just another example of bills that are misnamed. They are in reality the opposite of the name and it happens all the time.

Class Act = Nothing Classy about it.

Affordable Care Act - Not affordable.

9 posted on 01/01/2013 11:18:12 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: spokeshave

130,000 ~ you add that to the homicide statistics in UK and those bad boys have a really serious problem that makes even many African states look peaceful!

10 posted on 01/02/2013 12:04:57 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Seizethecarp

No. It would have been a positive gain for Obamacare.

Do you really think the death panels would let you live long enough to need the care your paying for up front?

11 posted on 01/02/2013 12:52:22 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So republicans should be shouting from the housetops that Obama throws elderly over the Fiscal Cliff.

12 posted on 01/02/2013 3:51:08 AM PST by McGavin999
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