The House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Subcommittee on Health, arms of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, held a joint hearing Wednesday, to pounce on the early warnings dooming the Community Living Assistance Services and Support Act Act (CLASS), two years before it was finally declared dead on arrival.

Earlier this month, CLASS was pronounced not viable by the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a report to Congress.

The CLASS program — one of many programs created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) — is a long-term health care program that was included in the president's health care law. It was meant to be self-funding —individuals paying premiums into the program would cover the costs of individuals receiving benefits.

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