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October 17th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Obama administration drops program from new health care reform law

The Obama administration is dropping a major initiative in the new health care reform law before it even gets off of the ground. The voluntary insurance program was supposed to help people pay for long-term medical care in their home or in a nursing home, but the administration now says that the program would be too costly.

Republicans, who have raised doubts about the program's financial solvency since the president's health overhaul law was put into place, are saying that the suspension is proof that the program is fatally flawed.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN senior medical correspondent, explains why the program is being scrapped so quickly and weighs in on the potential political fallout.

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