“Nobody believed that it had any real merit when it was passed,” Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a physician, said prior to the vote. “It was passed as a partial pay-for for the president's healthcare bill. So it's another portion of that bill that ought to come crashing down,” he said, adding that he finds it “peculiar” to hear those who support CLASS say that it doesn't work, but also say they want to keep it. “That's a disconnect.”
According to Price, the CLASS program precludes the ability of patients, families and their physicians to decide what long-term care is for seniors or anyone who needs long-term services. “It inserts the federal government in a way that makes it much more difficult for choices to be realized,” Price said. “And that's wrong.”
In a written statement, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) praised the bill's passage and reiterated his position that the Affordable Care Act is making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers and provide insurance for their employees.
“The Democrats running Washington used the CLASS Act to mask the true cost of their government takeover of healthcare, but even the administration now admits CLASS is ‘unsustainable,'” Boehner's statement said. “The entire healthcare law—with its maze of red tape, mandates, and tax hikes—is unsustainable. The Senate should follow the House's lead, scrap the law, and work with us to enact reforms that will actually lower healthcare costs without hurting small businesses and jeopardizing coverage for families.”