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From The Wall Street Journal:

Late Friday afternoon, naturally, the Obama Administration formally conceded that it had shut down one of the Affordable Care Act’s major new entitlement programs. The Department of Health and Human Services had already closed down the office in charge of creating this insurance program for long-term care last month. But HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s act of fiscal damage control is still a welcome if overdue admission that ObamaCare’s claims of deficit reduction were always an illusion.

Plus this:

During the health-care debate Washington insisted on treating CBO’s cost estimates as if God Himself had carved them into stone tablets, but as Class’s mercy killing shows all they proved was that Democrats were good at manipulating its assumptions and synthetic budget conventions. HHS’s own experts were warning Democrats all along that Class was a fiscal time bomb, so including it in the bill was a special act of fiscal corruption.

Ms. Sebelius contended yesterday that ObamaCare will still “reduce the deficit,” and we’re eagerly anticipating the day when reality forces her to dump that falsehood too.

Jennifer Rubin agrees:

To say that this is an embarrassment for the gang in the White House and the Democratic congressional leadership, who we already knew could not shoot straight, would be a gross understatement. The failure of CLASS, predicted by conservatives, sprang from the Democrats’ insistence to pass some “historic” health-care bill, any such bill, and deal with the consequences later. Well, later is now.

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From the L.A. Times:

In a bid to speed up negotiations that have dragged on for more than eight months, union officials representing supermarket workers in Southern California took a step closer Thursday night to going on strike.

Officials from the United Food and Commercial Workers gave 72 hours notice to cancel their labor contract extension with the region’s three leading grocery chains, a mandatory step before a walkout. Once the contract is no longer in effect, grocery workers can strike at any time.

The contract covered an estimated 62,000 checkers, baggers, meat cutters and other grocery workers across the region, including those employed by Ralphs, which is owned by Kroger Co. of Cincinnati; Vons and Pavilions, owned by Safeway Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif.; and Albertsons, which is owned by SuperValu Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn.

Greg Conger, president of UFCW Local 324 in Orange County, said union officials felt they had no choice but to take this step. “It’s time to bring these negotiations to an end,” Conger said. “The talks have been going at a glacial pace. “If the employers don’t snap out of it, and give our members a proposal that we can live with, the only option we have left is a strike.”

The sticking point?  Healthcare.

Under the latest offer from the employers, grocery workers would pay $9 a week for individual coverage and $23 a week for a family, company and union officials said.

Wow.  $36 per month for an employee’s share of healthcare.  I wish.  Juxtapose that with this headline:

Unemployment Worsens in California

The unemployment picture in California – the largest state by population – worsened in August, as the jobless rate ticked up to 12.1 percent.

Only neighboring Nevada – at 13.4 percent — has a higher unemployment rate in the nation. (On the whole, the jobless rate for the country is at 9.1 percent).

California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) said employers in the state slashed payrolls by 8,400 during the month. The government in particular is shedding positions at an alarming rate – local and state government agencies cut 3,600 positions in August.

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