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House slated to vote on CLASS Act repeal


By Jessica Zigmond
Posted: February 1, 2012 - 5:15 pm ET
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(Story updated with change in voting time.)

House members are scheduled to vote late Wednesday to repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, the voluntary long-term-care program included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Voting is scheduled to take place between 6 and 7 p.m. ET.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) mentioned the House's CLASS repeal vote in a statement on the Senate floor Wednesday, saying the Obama administration recognized last fall that the CLASS program is not viable financially.

“Yet for some reason the president is unwilling to follow through on that conclusion,” McConnell said in a written statement. “He opposes today's vote. Most people would conclude that the administration would support repealing a portion of the healthcare bill that they now acknowledge isn't financially viable. But they'd be wrong," he continued. “Despite admitting this program is doomed to fail, the Obama administration refuses to take it off the books. This is all the more remarkable given the fact President Obama has repeatedly said that he's willing to listen to critics of his healthcare bill if they come up with ways to improve it. When it comes to the CLASS Act, the president doesn't even appear willing to listen to himself.”

In October, HHS announced it had suspended the CLASS program.


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