From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois 11th District)…
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after H.R. 1173, the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2011, passed the full committee with bipartisan support by a vote of 33 to 17. This legislation repeals part of President Obama’s government takeover of health care, known as the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Program.
“In a classic ‘Washington knows best’ approach, the CLASS Act was another big-government healthcare program which, at the time it was passed, already had signification long-term sustainability concerns.
“The CLASS Act should not be left on the books, simply waiting for someone to revive this mistaken and misguided program, especially when the same Administration that created it has now abandoned it.
“I was sent to Congress by my constituents to fight back against Washington’s central planning approach to healthcare. I’ve opposed many aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and the CLASS Act is among PPACA’s significant problems.
“The Energy and Commerce Committee passage of the CLASS Act repeal is another significant step toward rolling back a government takeover of health care which threatens job growth and creates major spending increases our nation simply can’t afford.”