HHS decision erases nearly $100B of projected savings from reform law

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The official budget scorekeeper for Congress most recently estimated that $86 billion of the $210 billion in savings from the healthcare law would have come from the CLASS program. 

Congressional Republicans have long insisted the CLASS Act was a financial gimmick designed to get healthcare reform passed.

Several centrist Democratic senators spoke out against the CLASS Act during the healthcare reform debate, raising concerns that it would not sustain itself and would eventually add to the deficit.  

— Julian Pecquet contributed to this report.