On Wednesday, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced a bill (S 720) to repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act created by the federal health reform law. Thune said the long-term health care program is "destined to fail" and Congress "ought to repeal it." In a letter sent to Thune on Monday, the Congressional Budget Office stated that repealing the CLASS Act would have no effect on the federal deficit. Also on Wednesday, AARP and more than 50 disability rights groups, unions and other advocacy organizations sent a letter to lawmakers urging them not to repeal the CLASS Act, reiterating the need for a long-term health care program.