To residents in the north part of our state and in the city of Huntsville, Alabama: Our government defines the CLASS [Community Living Assistance Services and Supports] program as a long-term insurance entitlement authorized by Obamacare and has already acknowledged that the program is fiscally unsustainable.
Congress has not yet appropriated funds for the CLASS program but the Obama administration is moving forward to use taxpayer dollars to fund a promotion campaign for the program.
Senators Shelby and Thune questions the use of your taxpayer dollars to advertise a program deemed “immediately insolvent” by Secretary Sebelius and requests an accounting of specifically how much American taxpayer money will be used to promote a program that has not yet been funded by Congress.
In communication with Hank Richards, writer for the national publication, the joltleft.com, Senator Shelby conveyed the following statement:
“It is absurd to use taxpayer-funded advertisements to promote a taxpayer-funded entitlement destined for a taxpayer-funded bailout. The use of taxpayer money for unworkable programs such as this is completely unjustifiable in any circumstance, but particularly in light of our current fiscal difficulties.”
Shelby, In concert with Senator Thune issued the following points of interest:
Forewarnings about the fiscal insolvency of the CLASS program were recognized prior to its authorization as part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and continue as Congress debates the program’s inclusion in the Fiscal Year 2012 Labor/HHS Appropriations bill.
- “This program is immediately insolvent”– Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussing the program’s fate should only the disabled community enroll in a testimony before Ranking Member Shelby at the FY12 budget hearing in the Health and Human Service budget in March 2011.
- “There is a very serious risk that the problem of adverse selection will make the CLASS program unsustainable.”– Richard Foster, CMS Chief Actuary, CMS, “Estimated Financial Effects,” April 22, 2010, page 15.
- “[The CLASS program] is viewed by many experts as financially unsound… Sustaining the system over time will require increasing premiums and reducing benefits to the point that the program is neither appealing to potential customers nor able to accomplish its stated function…To the extent this is not possible, we advise it be repealed.” – The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, December 2010, page 38.
If you would like additional information about the aforementioned subject matter, Senator Shelby welcomes your call at his statewide offices or at his Washington, DC office by dialing (202) 224-6518
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This column was prepared for publication by Hank Richards, joltleft.com writer for Huntsville, Alexandria, the British Petroleum Recovery Program and the Gulport/Biloxi/Gulcoast restoraton region.
To report a breaking story or to write a letter to the editor for publication, contact Hank at (256) 417-6084 or send an email to [email protected] at his website www.pronlinenews.com