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CLASS Cancelled: Key Provision of ObamaCare Ends Before It Begins


Location: Washington, DC

As Members of Congress we should not be proud of the fact that a law passed by this House in March of 2010 is already failing the American people before it is fully implemented.

However, I can say that I am not surprised. I am not surprised that provisions of President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise known as ObamaCare, are proving to be unsustainable, unaffordable, and undesirable. This law was passed in the dead of night in a partisan manner against the voiced concerns of Republicans. No one in the Administration and few Democrats listened to our concerns then.

The CLASS program (Community Living Assistance Services) represents just one of the many failures of PPACA. It was designed to provide affordable insurance for long term care to individuals who, because of illness or age, could no longer care for themselves.

When we voiced our concerns over this program in 2009, 2010, and again at a Congressional hearing on this topic in March of this year, President Obama and the Democrats dismissed them. Now we have the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) admitting that this program is doomed before it even begins.

The Administration told the American people that ObamaCare would save them money. The CLASS program alone was supposed to save the Federal government over $70 Billion from collected premiums and reduced Medicaid expenditures. This promise, along with several others, has not been kept. The problem is that not enough healthy Americans would sign up to make the program self-supporting -- as promised.

Now that the Republicans are in the Majority, I will continue to lead the effort to shine light on these broken promises and push for repeal of ObamaCare.

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