U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1173 to repeal the federally-administered Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program. Enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Department of Health and Human Services has already deemed the CLASS Act unworkable, announcing its cancellation in October. Tonight's vote is another step towards repealing this faulty element of the health care law.
"Passing the CLASS Act Repeal this evening gives the House's seal of approval that this government-run insurance program is too costly to sustain. Additionally, this vote is another congressional recognition that this broad intrusion into our health care system is littered with inherent policy flaws.
"During the 112th Congress, my colleagues and I have made it a priority to repeal the massive health care law. This burdensome legislation requires billions of dollars in spending, with taxpayers footing the hefty tab. That is why it is imperative to halt further implementation through the appropriations process. During consideration of the 2011 spending bill, I introduced H. Con. Res. 35, which would prevent any funds from being used to carry out PPACA. This legislation passed the House of Representatives on April 14, but was unable to make it through the Senate.
"With another defective piece exposed, the CLASS Act Repeal drives home the fact that Obama's health care law was passed hastily with little knowledge of how it would affect Americans. Rather than creating another government-run entitlement, Congress should provide incentives for taxpayers to secure their own health insurance in the private market. Last Congress, I authored a bill to allow a tax deduction on the cost of long-term care premiums, and I plan to push this measure again this session.
"As Republicans in the House continue to seek a complete repeal, I call on my colleagues in both chambers to offer bold ideas to help solve our nation's health care challenges--solutions we can afford today, so they are still around tomorrow."