On Wednesday, I was pleased to vote to repeal the CLASS program, which is part of Obamacare. The CLASS Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 267 to 159, with 28 Democrats joining all 239 voting Republicans in support. CLASS stands for Community Living Assistance Services and Support program. As passed into law under Obamacare, this program would force workers to contribute money from every paycheck into a fund to cover a cash payment should they become disabled later in life.
The more time passes, the more we learn of the negative impacts of enacting Obamacare. Earlier this week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its economic outlook for 2012 and learned Obamacare is filled with budget gimmicks. When President Obama's accountants boasted that Obamacare would only cost $900 billion, they were not including many of the major spending provisions that would not take effect until 2014. The CBO report released Tuesday investigates these claims.
When I took office, I promised that I would fight to repeal Obamacare, and I will continue this fight. Obamacare takes health care decisions away from patients and doctors and gives it to Washington. I support reforms that put the individual, not the government or their insurance company, in control of their healthcare spending and decision making.
One action that would have a significant, immediate impact to preserve access to our health care and reduce federal spending is to repeal Obamacare. The House of Representatives has voted eight times to repeal Obamacare. Yet, the Senate, led by Senator Reid, has failed to take action. It is time for the Senate to take action to repeal this government takeover of our health care system.