Tomorrow the House will vote to repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, an unsustainable entitlement program whose phony “savings” were used by Democrats to mask the true cost of the president’s job-crushing health care bill before it was rushed into law.
Repealing the CLASS Act is only the latest in a series of legislative efforts designed to repeal and defund ObamaCare, a law that is making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers and provide insurance to their employees. Here’s a quick look at some of what the House Republican majority has done to repeal, defund, and take apart the unpopular health care law piece by piece, “step by step”:
- REPEALING THE LAW: One of the first actions taken by the House in 2011 was to adopt H.R. 2, a bill repealing the job-crushing health care law in its entirety.
- DEFUNDING THE LAW: The House passed a jobs-focused budget (H.Con.Res. 34) that fully repealed and defunded the government takeover of health care. And several amendments to H.R. 1 would prohibit funding from being used to implement or enforce provisions of the law.
- REPEALING THE SMALL BUSINESS PAPERWORK MANDATE: The House passed and the president signed H.R. 4, Pledge to America legislation that repealed the health care law’s job-crushing paperwork mandate.
- ELIMINATING SLUSH FUNDS: Several ObamaCare slush funds were eliminated in last year’s spending cut agreement signed by President Obama. The House also approved H.R. 1213 and H.R. 1214 to repeal other slush funds and save taxpayers billions of dollars.
- FREEZING THE IRS BUDGET: Another provision in the spending cut agreement prevented the IRS from hiring 16,500 new agents to help impose the health care law’s tax hikes and mandates.
- BACKING STATES & SMALL BUSINESSES: Speaker John Boehner filed a brief in federal court backing the effort by states and small businesses challenging the constitutionality of the law.
- HOLDING THE ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE: House committees held roughly three dozen hearings in 2011 examining the impact of ObamaCare on job growth, the costs imposed on families and small businesses, the administration’s use of waivers to exempt select groups from the law’s mandates, the constitutionality of the law, and much more.
Now the House will vote to repeal the CLASS Act, whose phantom “savings” were “crucial to garnering support for passage of the health care law,” according to a bicameral Congressional investigation. Policy analyst Grace Marie-Turner cites the Democratic chairman of the Senate Budget Committee who called CLASS “a Ponzi scheme of the first order, the kind of thing Bernie Madoff would be proud of.” Even the administration admits CLASS is “totally unsustainable” – now that ObamaCare is law, of course.