Americans have already heard countless stories about Obamacare’s victims ranging from people losing their insurance coverage to others having their hours cut or facing higher insurance costs. However, the most tragic Obamacare story may be yet to come.
Under Obamacare, any employer with more than 50 full-time employees must provide their employees with health insurance or pay a stiff fine. While this requirement is noxious enough for businesses, it could have a more far-reaching consequence than anyone could have imagined, hurting volunteer fire departments all across America.
The IRS considers volunteer firefighters and EMTs to be full time if they put in 30 hours or more of volunteer time per week — something that as a volunteer firefighter for over twetnty years I can tell you is easy to do. Under Obamacare, these fire departments could have to provide their volunteer firefighters and EMTs with expensive health insurance — a prospect that could force firehouses to close up or reduce firefighters’ volunteer hours.
You don’t have to be an expert to know what could happen if America’s volunteer firefighters are forced off the job.
Volunteer firefighters are an American tradition older than the republic itself, with Benjamin Franklin founding one of the nation’s first volunteer fire brigades in Philadelphia in 1736. These brave and proud Americans protect communities around the country after working a full-time job, putting themselves in harm’s way because it’s their communities they’re protecting.
In many areas, volunteer firefighters are the only first responders available when disaster strikes, leaving their own families to respond to hurricanes, earthquakes, medical emergencies, and of course fires.
That Obama’s IRS would dare target these heroes is unconscionably cowardly and Americans everywhere should be outraged. If volunteer firehouses are forced to close it means more houses will burn down, more people will die in car accidents, and more property will be destroyed.
Make no mistake, you won’t be able to call the IRS if you run your car off the road or your home catches fire. You won’t be able to call the IRS for help if you or a loved one has a medical emergency like a heart attack or severe injury. Obamacare won’t save you or your property when disaster strikes.
Volunteer firefighters make tremendous sacrifices for their communities and those communities rely on volunteer firefighters to keep them safe. Obamacare is bad policy and it needs to be repealed before it’s too late.