House Republicans inched closer to their goal of eliminating the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Program, or CLASS Act, on Wednesday when the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill to repeal the long-term care program established in last year's healthcare reform law.
House panel OKs bill to repeal CLASS Act
In a 33-17 vote, committee members approved legislation that would ensure the contentious program—which HHS discontinued on Oct. 14—does not resurface.
“Well before it was signed into law, actuaries and policy experts questioned the viability of the program, but it made it into the healthcare law anyway, giving the false impression that the law cost $80 billion less than it actually did,” Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the full committee, said in a news release after the committee's vote. “I believe we have to start over on long-term-care reform—an issue that will affect millions of Americans as they or a loved one need care,” he continued. “But first, we must erase a program that we know will not work; a program that was never structured to work; and that we could never afford.”
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