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Messer Bill Would Relieve Schools, Colleges Of Obamacare Requirements

Posted On May 30, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

U.S. Congressman Luke Messer (R-IN 6)

U.S. Congressman Luke Messer (R-IN 6)

(Washington, D.C.) – Exempting the nation’s schools and universities from the Affordable Care Act is the objective of a bill introduced Friday by Indiana 6th District Congressman Luke Messer.

The SCHOOL Act – a partisan acronym for Safeguarding Classrooms Hurt by ObamaCare’s Obligatory Levies – would provide an exemption from the healthcare law for schools, state and local educational agencies, colleges, and universities.

“At a time when school systems across the country are strapped for cash, it is not fair to pay for the president’s health care law on the backs of our students and teachers,” said Messer, a Republican from Shelbyville in a news release. “If we really care about our kids and their education, we will do something about it. This bill will stop the harmful ObamaCare tax on school districts, save jobs, and ensure more money is left in school budgets for teacher development and student learning.”

A statement from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce – which Messer is a member of – says public schools and colleges across the country have had to limit or reduce the work hours of part-time employees in order to avoid being required to provide them with health insurance under the ACA.

The proposed legislation also seeks to require the secretary of education to evaluate the impact of the SCHOOL Act on schools’ ability to meet the educational needs of low-income students and schools’ ability to maintain current academic opportunities.

 

4 comments
fareforall
fareforall

messer is not talking about helping americans he is talking about helping the big business of higher education

cficklin
cficklin

It's easy for people with good paying jobs and good health benefits to support the mandatory health care but it's not fair to the ones who have the majority of their pay checks going to pay for the insurance with a high deductible. Insurance is great but it doesn't provide food, clothing, a roof over your head or utilities.

fareforall
fareforall

instead of trying to dismantle healthcare they should be giving more money to the public and less to the

private schools.  people deserve healthcare even the part time employees which are always the non-certified

people.  how about fighting for the middle and lower class instead of corperate america!!!!  a happy, healthy employee is a good employee!  corporate america would make even more profits if they could just open their eyes.  healthcare does not cost jobs it creates them!!

fareforall
fareforall

i know first hand how tight bills are.  and yes insurance is not fun to buy but it is also based on income, so the less u make the cheaper it is.  what is wrong with helping your employees to live a better life?  answer that corperate america!!