Last night, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) — the sponsor of the Senate bill to repeal the CLASS Act — offered a unanimous consent request to advance a measure that would eliminate the long-term care program to the Senate floor, but was met with an objection from Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). The West Virginian insisted that the country needs a more sustainable long-term care system and argued that it could be “amended through the legislative process to make it sustainable over the long term”:
ROCKEFELLER: Always our friends on the other side of the aisle appeal something. You can lead people to the same sense of suffering as we found during the pepper commission where people prostrate themselves in order to qualify for medicaid, in which they haven’t a chance at getting some long-term care. [...] Those who are gloating today about the administration’s decision not to carry forward with the class act are not the fiscal heroes they make themselves out to be. They have no answers. They have no answers. They have no alternative.