Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) voted to repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, a part of President Obama's health care law that creates a new government entitlement program for long-term care.
"The CLASS Act must be repealed. The program is unsustainable and its repeal has bipartisan support. The President's own Secretary of Health and Human Services acknowledged that the Administration sees no "viable path forward" for the program because it cannot remain financially solvent. Even the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee has come out in opposition to the CLASS Act calling it "a Ponzi scheme of the first order, the kind of thing Bernie Madoff would be proud of." Despite all of this, the President has announced his intention to veto any repeal," said Rep. Buerkle.
"While America should be having a serious conversation about sustainable long-term care programs, this Administration chose to use the issue of long-term care as a budget ploy to inflate the amount of money that would be available to pay for the total cost of the health care law. Our country needs real health care reform, not gimmicks that will drive us even deeper into debt."
The CLASS Act is a voluntary long-term care payment entitlement program that according to the Congressional Budget Office will cost the American taxpayer over $81 billion dollars over a ten-year period. The House voted to repeal the CLASS Act and the bill now moves to the Senate for further action.