March 14, 2014
Representative Todd Rokita issued the following statement regarding legislation passed yesterday to protect volunteer firefighters and emergency responders by ensuring certain emergency services volunteers are not counted when determining the number of full-time employees for the purposes of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“Volunteer firefighters and emergency responders are part of our American Exceptionalism. The volunteer spirit and desire to protect serve must be harnessed and protected. The communities throughout Indiana, and our nation, who depend on volunteer fire departments and emergency services every day should not suffer due to ObamaCare’s employer mandate that would prevent the many volunteers from continuing to provide lifesaving services without this legislation. The need for this legislation is another indication that ObamaCare is an ill-advised and poorly conceived plan, and it should be repealed in its entirety and replaced with free market reforms to lower costs, improve access to health insurance, and give consumers more choices.
H.R. 3979, Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act of 2014<http://www.gop.gov/votes/113/2/116>, passed the House with a unanimous vote<http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll116.xml>.