The Obama administration's attempt to create a voluntary long-term care program was a way for the president to barter with GOP lawmakers on health mandates after his reelection, says Jesse Slome, executive director for the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.

But when problems surfaced, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program turned into a political folly for the White House and Democrats.

"What they are doing is slowly starting to hide [CLASS] in a corner until after the election," Slome said before the administration's decision last week to put the program on hold.

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