Tags: Healthcare Reform | health | care | CLASS | repeal

Sen. Thune's Attempt to Repeal CLASS Act Foiled

Thursday, 03 Nov 2011 03:27 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Sen. John Thune’s call to repeal Obamacare’s Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act was blocked Wednesday by a single Democratic senator. The South Dakota Republican sought a unanimous Senate vote, a move West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller opposed.
The CLASS program was designed to expand options for people who become functionally disabled, requiring long-term service and support. Thune claims the program is flawed, and even Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has said CLASS is not financially feasible.
“The epic failure of the unsustainable CLASS Act calls the president’s entire healthcare program into question,” Thune said. “It’s hard to understand why the president would wish to keep this entitlement in law. Instead of allowing this flawed program to sit on the books, Congress should listen to the budget experts who have outlined fundamental flaws with this program and swiftly pass my repeal legislation.”
Even though his repeal bill was blocked, Thune said supporters will keep looking for ways to end the CLASS Act “once and for all, so that we can move on to full repeal of the president’s healthcare house of cards and pass healthcare legislation that truly reduces healthcare costs.”
Thune has sought a repeal of the CLASS Act for some time, offering an amendment in 2009 during the Senate’s debate of Obamacare to end the program. The amendment received a 51-47 majority of votes in the Senate, including support from 12 Democrats, but still fell nine votes short of passage. 

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved