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Jan102014

NRSC - Shaheen Puts ObamaCare Above All: Volunteer Firefighters Latest Victim

WASHINGTON, DC -  Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has been an ardent supporter of ObamaCare from the start. Shaheen has repeatedly made promises about the law that she couldn't keep and deceived constituents about the negative consequences of the law.  Now Senator Shaheen is scrambling because the law jeopardizes volunteer firefighters' benefits and could endanger public safety by reducing firefighters’ hours, and potentially eliminating fire departments.

The Associated Press details that volunteer fire departments across America face a looming crisis brought on by the rising costs and penalties thanks to Jeanne Shaheen's ObamaCare.   

The AP explains "volunteers are considered employees for tax purposes, a classification that grew out of an ongoing effort to attract firefighters by offering them such incentives as stipends, retirement benefits and free gym memberships."  Unfortunately this incentive program also "leaves open the question of whether the volunteer firefighters fall under the health care law's requirement that employers with 50 or more employees working at least 30 hours a week must provide health insurance for them." 

These onerous ObamaCare requirements, if forced upon volunteer fire departments, could impose higher taxes on New Hampshire families or penalties on the departments, many of which are already struggling financially. Unable to cope with the crippling new costs, many volunteer fire departments would be forced to cut back volunteers' hours and eliminate benefit programs at a time when it is already difficult to recruit volunteers.

In New Hampshire, 87 percent of all fire departments are volunteer or mostly volunteer, yet Jeanne Shaheen still voted for and supports ObamaCare. 

Jeanne Shaheen repeatedly deceived Granite Staters and violated their trust by making promises about ObamaCare that couldn't be delivered.  Even as ObamaCare threatens volunteer firefighters and the communities that rely on them, Shaheen remains adamantly loyal to a law many Granite Staters oppose. 

"ObamaCare has been a disaster, and now volunteer firefighters and the communities that rely on them are the latest victims of Jeanne Shaheen's terrible law," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Eighty-seven percent of New Hampshire's fire departments are volunteer, and it is unfair and unfortunate that those firefighters and the communities they protect are the latest ObamaCare victims."

 

BACKGROUND

87 Percent Of New Hampshire’s Fire Departments Are Volunteer Or Mostly Volunteer. (U.S. Fire Administration Website, www.apps.usfa.fema.gov, Accessed 1/5/14)

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