REPEALING A FAILED GOVERNMENT PROGRAM
Date: February 3, 2012
By: Bob Goodlatte
Over the last year House Republicans have been working diligently to repeal the sweeping new health care reform law which was rushed through Congress, with total disregard for the will of the American people. This law, which I vehemently oppose and voted against, is defined by federal regulations, mandates, a myriad of new big government programs, and a significant increase in federal spending and debt at a cost to our country too high to bear. All of this will lead to fewer choices, higher prices and rationed care.
That is why one of the first major acts of the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress was to pass bipartisan legislation, with my strong support, which would repeal this far-reaching health care reform law in its entirety. Additionally, the House is working to repeal some of the most troubling provisions of the new law.
The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, known as the CLASS Act, is a prime example of the inherent problems with this new law. The failed CLASS Act, a government-run long-term care insurance program, was to be a self-sustaining program and one that would save as much as $80 billion over ten years.
Unfortuantely, after President Obama signed his government takeover of our health care system into law, Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius testified before the House Ways and Means Committee that the CLASS program was not sustainable as structured under the new law. During a hearing in the U.S. Senate she went further to say that the CLASS program was unsustainable “absent massive taxpayer infusion” of funds. Recently the Obama Administration announced that they would halt implementation of the CLASS Act, recognizing that the program was unsustainable despite their claims that it would actually reduce government spending.
Just days ago the House took action and passed the bipartisan “Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act”. I voted in favor of this important legislation which is one more step in the process of dismantling the President’s Health Care Law. It ensures the permanent repeal of the CLASS Act.
Rest assured I intend to continue working to repeal and defund the new health care law that kills jobs, raises taxes, threatens seniors’ access to care, will cause millions of people to lose the coverage they have and like, and increases the cost of health care coverage. While we can all agree that our current health care system needs to be reformed, the new health care law was not the right way to do it. I am committed to advancing policies that put patients, families and doctors, not Washington bureaucrats, in control of personal health care decisions.