Members of the AARP wave signs during a rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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.

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