In its first session in 2015, the House acted quickly to pass a legislation designed to assist veterans in getting jobs as well as chip away at certain parts of Obamacare.
The Hire More Heroes Act would allow businesses to hire veterans without having them count as full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act. Under the law, companies with 50 or more full-time workers must offer health insurance for their employees. The penalty for not adhering to this part of the law is $2,000 per employee and it takes effect this year.
The legislation was approved last year by the House but stalled in the Senate.
Speaking on passage of the legislation, Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX) said:
“This commonsense legislation simply fixes one of Obamacare’s many faults: it doesn’t require businesses to pay for health insurance for those who are already receiving it. Our veterans have proven their dedication and willingness to work. It’s time we showed them the same in return.”