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Washington, February 2, 2012 | comments

U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), the Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, issued the following statement on the passage of the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act (CLASS Act repeal):

“Passing this bill puts us one step closer to fulfilling our promise of repealing the Democrats’ government take-over of health care.  While I will continue fighting for the full repeal of Obamacare, I am pleased that we’re chipping away the massive law.  Even the White House admitted the long-term care program was unsustainable and insolvent.  In fact the measure was opposed by Republicans, Democrats, seniors, and fiscal watchdogs because it was filled with a budget gimmick, leading to another government mandate.  I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this repeal, removing any possibility of it being implemented and strapping Americans with tax hikes.”

The bill passed the House by a vote of 267-159 late Wednesday and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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).

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