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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.