Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has voted to repeal a controversial component of the Obama health care law that has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats as unworkable and unsustainable. The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act was to have paid $50 a day - $18,250 a year -- for long-term care services for anyone who had paid premiums for five years. Participation was voluntary and it became clear CLASS would be financially unworkable, sending the program into a death spiral.
"CLASS was so ill-conceived that even the Obama Administration has admitted it was a failure and has halted efforts to establish the program," said Hartzler. "But CLASS remains on the books and must be stricken."
"The failure of the Obama Administration to successfully implement this program has created another $80 billion hole in the federal budget," continued Hartzler. "It is another of the phony "savings' schemes designed to hide the true cost of the Obama health care bill."
"Long-term care reform is vital, but this $80 billion budget gimmick was never a viable solution," added Hartzler. "It is time to get rid of a program that will never work and to advance common sense health care solutions that will increase access and lower costs without a government takeover."
Having cleared the House with bipartisan support, the legislation now moves to the Senate for its consideration.
Vicky Hartzler was elected to Congress on November 2, 2010. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.