Messer Introduces Bill To Exempt Schools From Employer Mandate
June 2, 2014—BY CLAIRE MCINERNY, Indiana Public Media
PHOTO CAPTION: Rep. Messer visits a class at North Decatur Elementary.
Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, is introducing a bill that would exempt schools from complying with the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
The bill, called the Safeguarding Classrooms Hurt by ObamaCare’s Obligatory Levies (SCHOOL), was presented to the House Education and the Workforce Committee on Friday after the committee heard testimony from K-12 and university leaders about the cost school districts and universities are incurring because of the mandate.
“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,” Messer said in a statement. “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.”
If passed, Messer says eliminating the mandate for schools and universities would not limit hours for part-time employees and more teaching jobs would be available.
Last year, Attorney General Greg Zoeller and 15 school districts statewide filed a lawsuit in federal court fighting the employer mandate for schools.