Senate GOP pushes for CLASS repeal

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Even before the CLASS Act was included in the healthcare bill, experts warned that it would eventually become a drain on tax revenue. The Health and Human Services Department recently said it could not find a way to make the program solvent and would not implement it.

Thune offered a unanimous consent request Wednesday to repeal CLASS. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) objected, saying Congress should spend its time addressing the real problems presented by long-term care.

“Those who are gloating today … are not the fiscal heroes they make themselves out to be,” Rockefeller said.

The White House and many House Democrats also oppose repealing CLASS.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said “some misplaced pride in authorship” seemed to be the only explanation for opposing repeal.

“One would wonder why we wouldn’t just go ahead and repeal it, and if there is a better proposal to address the long-term care problem in America, then why don’t we sit down at the drawing board?” McCain said.