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Granny Dumping Made Easy: Your Obamacare at Work

In Bowling for Dollars, Harvard Math, Obamacare on 22/01/2011 at 08:16

Obamacare is indeed the great American dream come true. Park a senior and walk away; the government will take care of the rest. One-stop granny dumping.

CLASS Act—the Administration’s acronym for the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, Ha! Ha!—is yet another Obama budget buster that promises to send your grandchildren to the poor house before they reach 30.

Mitt Romney is the only Republican in the country who could possibly appreciate this government-run health-care disaster.

Buried deep within the bowels of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid health care law is the provision for yet another bill to assure that virtually every senior in the United States gets to see the inside of a long-term care facility before they die. At, what, 62? Now if we can only pass that federal euthanasia law.

This of course is not breaking news, but the media haven’t covered it much, and it does perfectly illustrate how cleverly the Democrats in Congress tricked out the numbers on Obamacare, to get a favorable rating from the CBO before they passed it. They literally hid a monstrosity inside the monstrosity. The cost of this porker will be beyond stratospheric, and it makes one wonder just how many more wormholes are buried in this bright, shining lie.

Charles Krauthammer elaborates today:

“With an aging population, and with long-term care becoming extraordinarily expensive, this promises to be the biggest budget buster in the history of the welfare state.

And yet, in the CBO calculation, this new entitlement to long-term care reduces the deficit over the next 10 years. By $70 billion, no less. How is this possible? By collecting premiums now, and paying out no benefits for the first 10 years. Presto: a (temporary) surplus. As former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and scholars Joseph Antos and James Capretta note, ‘Only in Washington could the creation of a reckless entitlement program be used as ‘offset’ to grease the way for another entitlement.’ I would note additionally that only in Washington could such a neat little swindle be titled the ‘CLASS Act …’”

Thirty-two million deadbeat Americans can’t be wrong. Obamacare is a steal for anyone who’d rather sell drugs than get out and work for a living. A little cynical perhaps, but the general public won’t benefit from it, that is for sure.

The Republicans get one shot at this in Congress. If they do not clearly communicate the financial disaster that Obamacare poses, and make significant strides toward its repeal, they will not only fail to regain the Senate and possibly lose the House in 2012, but they will usher Barack Obama in for a second term.

And if that happens, all hell breaks loose.

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