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Camp Statement on CLASS Repeal

February 01, 2012

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1173 to repeal the CLASS program.
“Today, the House took steps to repeal yet another poorly-designed and unworkable piece of the Democrats’ health care law.  Opposition to the CLASS program is bipartisan and includes employers, seniors and fiscal watchdog groups.  This program is nothing more than a budget gimmick, and the Administration admitted as much when they halted its implementation.  I commend Ways and Means Committee Member Charles Boustany, who introduced this repeal bill, for his hard work on this important legislation.  I urge the Senate to quickly pass this legislation to protect taxpayers in the future.”
In addition to the House-passed repeal of the CLASS Act, all repeals of the Democrats’ health care law that have been enacted are a result of efforts by the House Ways and Means Committee.  Those actions include:  

  • Repealing the 1099 IRS reporting provision (PL: 112-9),
  • Reducing wasteful and fraudulent overpayments of taxpayer-funded subsidies (PL: 112-9), and
  • Striking the Democrats’ overly-generous eligibility criteria for Medicare and other taxpayer-funded subsidies to align eligibility with other federally means-tested programs (PL: 112-56).