Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., the co-author along with the late Senator Ted Kennedy of the CLASS Act, the landmark program to provide long-term medical care, issued the following statement in response to the late Friday announcement by the Obama Administration that they were abandoning the CLASS Act before it becomes operational:
"I am discouraged and disappointed by the announcement made today by the Obama Administration on the CLASS Act. Giving up on it is simply not an option. I am not willing to walk away from a program that the late Senator Kennedy and I worked so hard to create. If the program needs improving, then let's find the way to do it.
"While we are fighting so hard against Republican attempts to cut Medicaid, which is currently the only available option for long-term care for seniors and the disabled, abandoning the CLASS Act is the wrong decision. Soon enough, those in need will have nowhere to go for long term care.
"The administration should have consulted with the supporters of the legislation in Congress before issuing this report. We can still find a path forward to implement the CLASS Act. The Obama Administration is simply wrong. I will still try to change their minds. This is too important to give up."