LTC Bullet: More CLASS
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
LTC Comment: We've posted new material to our
comprehensive "CLASS Act Update" in The Zone. A summary follows after the
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LTC BULLET: MORE CLASS
LTC Comment: Individual and corporate members of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform have access to our "Members Only" website, aka "The Zone."
In The Zone, they find a wealth of useful information including "The Almanac of Long-Term Care;" a one-hour webinar on the CLASS Act sponsored by the Corporation for LTC Certification; a transcription of our two-hour LTC Graduate Seminar; archives of all LTC E-Alerts and LTC Bullets; as well as many other features to keep you in the know with knowledge at your fingertips.
Our latest addition to The Zone is a comprehensive list of information and documents about the CLASS Act with live hyperlinks to vital source documents. Today, we've added the following new items to our "CLASS Act Update." Check them out in context with dozens of other related materials here.
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New additions to our "CLASS Act Update" in The Zone
CLASS Act: Madoff Would Be Proud, May 18, 2010,
report of the Senate Joint Economic Committee Republicans.
Larry Rubin, Jinn-Feng Lin, Victor Shi, and Alison Yao,
"The CLASS Act: Are you prepared?," PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 2010
CLASS Act could spur LTC reckoning, May 3, 2010
LTC Comment: It's obvious from any serious reading of the literature on CLASS that expert opinion on the program is extremely negative. In fact, I think it is fair to say that no one, including the Act's advocates and sponsors, believes the program is operationalizeable as passed. So, what lessons should we take?
First, there is a very real possibility that CLASS, as it currently exists, will disappear. In fact, opposition to the entire health reform plan is so great and growing, that it may itself be repealed taking CLASS with it. See the latest Rasmussen poll for example: "Health Care Law: 63% Favor Repeal of National Health Care Plan." Quote: "Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever."
Second, whether the CLASS Act survives in some modified and rationalized form or not, advisors should be fully aware of its deficiencies now. Be prepared to warn businesses and individuals of the risks associated with government "insurance" that lacks (1) underwriting, (2) privately invested reserves, (3) definite premiums, (4) defined benefits, (5) contractual protections, or (6) any realistic prospect of actuarial solvency.
If they fix CLASS somehow, there will be plenty of time to re-evaluate
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