Oct 14 2011

Shelby Statement on CLASS Act Abandonment

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the department’s decision to abandon the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program.  U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), ranking member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), vocally opposed this program because it is financially unsustainable and a major risk to taxpayers.  Senator Shelby, who was instrumental in defunding the program in FY 2012, issued the following statement regarding HHS’s announcement:

“In an era of overpromised entitlements, CLASS is an irresponsible, poorly designed program that would lead to a fiscal disaster for the taxpayer.  The department has finally seen the writing on the wall and acknowledged what I have said continuously since ObamaCare was enacted – the CLASS program is financially unsustainable and should be abandoned.  In the wake of the department’s decision, I will continue to fight vigorously to repeal and replace ObamaCare.”