Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) today voted to repeal the CLASS Act, which Democrats originally touted as a way to save $80 billion over ten years for program operations and deficit reduction in President Obama's health care plan. The program has since been proven to be fiscally unsustainable and last October Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius even admitted there was no path forward. Congressman Blackburn issued the following statement
"Almost two years ago, against the will of the American people, Congress approved the Presidents job-killing health care bill. Since it's passage Republicans have made it one of our top priorities to repeal Obamacare. It has become obvious that the President's plan costs too much money and has no hope of working. We must continue to work to tear it down brick by brick.
"Repealing the CLASS Act is just another step toward getting Obamacare off the books. While Democrats wanted people to believe that the CLASS Act would save money, Republicans knew better. Hardworking taxpayers are sick and tired of budget gimmicks like the CLASS Act. We need to eliminate these kind of failed programs so Congress can consider real long-term care reform proposals that work for the American people and the Federal budget."