By Elise Viebeck - 03/05/13 06:16 PM EST
The Obama administration had stopped implementing it in 2011, citing the challenge of ensuring the program would pay its own bills.
It took "months of oversight work" to draft a repeal bill, said Boustany, who leads the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight.
"I had to fight with our leadership earlier to even get a repeal bill in front of the House," he told the Federation of American Hospitals Tuesday.
"Leadership was pushing to just repeal the whole thing or nothing. I was able to prevail upon [them], based on the oversight we had done, to allow a repeal bill in the House, which set the stage for us to repeal this in law."
The House passed a CLASS Act repeal bill 267-159 in February 2012. Twenty-eight Democrats joined Republicans in supporting the program's end.
"I believe that vigorous oversight has to continue," Boustany said. "We have to push it further."