The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare, gives the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the authority to determine what “businesses” should be required to purchase ObamaCare-approved insurance policies. It has come to the attention of volunteer fire companies in Pennsylvania that the IRS may be poised to rule that volunteer fire companies are businesses with 50 or more employees, bringing them under the stringent requirements of ObamaCare.
Stan Saylor, House Majority Whip, issued the following statement upon passage of the measure:
“The majority of Americans, and even more Pennsylvanians, depend upon volunteers for fire protection. Nationwide 71 percent of our fire departments consist of volunteers, and within Pennsylvania that number is 97 percent. Our communities support these dedicated men and women by keeping those companies funded and viable with donations from residents and municipalities. But, if these volunteer companies are forced into ObamaCare they would be burdened with costs that could force them to disband.
“Our volunteers are literally the backbones of our communities, and York County volunteers are the finest I have ever seen. They are there for river rescues in the dead of winter, cave-ins in the middle of the night, massive barn fires in the heat of summer, or any other horrible accident or situation one might find themselves in. They do not do this for money or notoriety; they do it because they want to help their neighbors. They sacrifice personal and family time without asking for anything in return, following in the steps of Benjamin Franklin who created The Union Fire Company in 1736 with 30 volunteers right here in Pennsylvania.
Putting lives and property at risk to pursue a flawed federal policy that was clearly not thought through before being enacted does not make sense.
This statement from the Pennsylvania House makes it clear to Washington – stop playing politics with the safety of Pennsylvania’s residents.”
~ News Release via House Majority Whip Stan Saylor ~
~ 94th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives ~