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House To Vote Today To Wipe CLASS Act Off The Books

Though the Obama administration has made clear that it is not proceeding with efforts to implement this long-term care insurance program, the White House and most Democrats are still opposed to its repeal.

Politico: CLASS Act: Abandoned Yet Defended
The Obama administration has abandoned health reform's long-term care insurance program, saying it can't figure out how to make the program solvent and isn't going to try. And yet, it says it's not interested in repealing the program for good. So when the House votes on Wednesday to wipe the CLASS Act off the books, the White House — and most Democrats — will be against it (Norman and Haberkorn, 1/31).

The Hill: Thune: CLASS Repeal Dead On Arrival In The Senate
Legislation to repeal the health care law's long-term-care program isn't going anywhere in the Senate, a top Republican acknowledged Tuesday. House Republicans are expected to easily repeal the CLASS Act on Wednesday. But Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, told reporters the bill won't get the 60 votes it needs to pass in the Senate — if Democrats allow it to come up for a vote at all (Pecquet, 1/31).

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