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Obama pulls plug on troubled long-term care program, citing design flaws
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Obama administration says it is unable to go forward with a major new program in the president's signature health care overhaul law.
Officials said Friday a new long-term care insurance program has critical design flaws that could not be fixed to make it financially self-sustaining.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter to Congress she does not see a viable path forward at this time.
The CLASS program was supposed to be a voluntary insurance plan for working adults regardless of age or health. Workers would pay an affordable monthly premium during their careers, and could collect a modest daily cash benefit if they became disabled later in life.
The problem all along has been how to get enough healthy people to sign up.